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Yesterday I just bought tue Remington 870 Special Ops shotgun!!!! What kinds of ammo are your favorites for home defense? How do you like this gun? For those of you that have the SpecOps 870, show some pics please!!!!
 

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My go to hd ammo for my shotgun would have to be 00 buck, i dont mess around when it comes to protecting my family.
 

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I have a random assortment for mine. It's my turkey gun though, there are 000 buck 00 buck low recoil buck slugs. Whatever I grab. I rely on my handgun for hd. That 26 or 28" barrel is toooo big
 

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I like the 00 buck. Slugs are good for longer distance but when it comes to a room clearer those 9, 00 pellets can do some damage.
 

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Winchester super X 9 pellet 00 buck, doesn't have much recoil and fits in all of my shotguns.
 

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So my buddy and I shot my new shotgun yesterday.....all I can say is "wow....I'm very happy with it".....we set up a bunch of water filled milk jugs, and ran a couple slugs and #4 buckshot.....and I give it another "wow"....what fun those slugs are.....also shot at a cinder block, which totally annihilated it from about 50 ft....it was a fun day
 

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There is a good reason the 870 is the best selling shotgun in history......I think you found it.
 

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High velocity 3" BB 12ga is unbelievably underrated for home defence. Any larger shot & you get less shot per shell (resulting in less concentrated spread & rounds on target) any smaller shot may result in under penetration & less killing capability. I also suggest 00bk for home defence however past med distance even mag loads are unreliable at best. Military testing has shown that you need 3 of the 00bk pellets in center mass to cause effective damage for the guaranteed kill. Also look into Winchester pdx1-12 home defence ammo. Three 00bk pellets in front of a 1oz hollow point rifled slug, they also offer fragmenting slug variety.

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I live at the edge of town so penetration is less of a problem I like 12 pellet 00 buck.

Although at normal in house distances, skeet loads will work.
 

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High velocity 3" BB 12ga is unbelievably underrated for home defence. Any larger shot & you get less shot per shell (resulting in less concentrated spread & rounds on target) any smaller shot may result in under penetration & less killing capability. I also suggest 00bk for home defence however past med distance even mag loads are unreliable at best. Military testing has shown that you need 3 of the 00bk pellets in center mass to cause effective damage for the guaranteed kill. Also look into Winchester pdx1-12 home defence ammo. Three 00bk pellets in front of a 1oz hollow point rifled slug, they also offer fragmenting slug variety.
+1 on those pdx1 rounds
 

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Thanks guys for all the info....I'm really liking those Winchester PDX-1 shells....right now I've got #4 buckshot for the time being until I can find some PDX-1's....thanks again guys!!!! Feel free to post pics of your 870's. I'm gonna trick mine out with a Black Aces quad rail system for starters
 

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I prefer the 15 pellet 3" Winchester Super X buckshot. People complain about the recoil from the full house load but when I am shooting a deer I feel no recoil. There is no way recoil is going to be an issue when someone is trying to take my life.
 

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In and around the house #2 Shot MINIMUM, and otherwise anything up to #0 Buckshot.
 

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...Military testing has shown that you need 3 of the 00bk pellets in center mass to cause effective damage for the guaranteed kill...
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Bullet9992, I agree about the smaller shot size like BB in and around the house, but you left out a critical bit of information re: the above quote -- range. That statistic for three impacts is for a distance of 35 meters!
 

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Bullet9992, I agree about the smaller shot size like BB in and around the house, but you left out a critical bit of information re: the above quote -- range. That statistic for three impacts is for a distance of 35 meters!
Lol sorry i forgot about that. But the 3 00bk to center mass still stands as the standard for the kill shot. But yes, larger sized pellets are more prone to separation at distance & thy have less pellets per shell. But if you can contact with larger pellets they do more damage. It depends on situation, target, & distance. That's why there are so many different shell offerings
 

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Lol sorry i forgot about that. But the 3 00bk to center mass still stands as the standard for the kill shot. But yes, larger sized pellets are more prone to separation at distance & thy have less pellets per shell. But if you can contact with larger pellets they do more damage. It depends on situation, target, & distance. That's why there are so many different shell offerings
Those are largely energy/CNS-based calcs. At the same distance it would take about 9 #4 Buckshot hits to kill. Of course they are both about 1/3rd of the standard load and equally likely...
 
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