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Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by MajorMoeDown47, Jun 25, 2013.
whats the best type of buckshot for personal defense??
MMD47, this is a question without a definitive answer. You haven't given us enough info.! Any buck load will stop an intruder, there are many variables to consider, and each size buck has it's upside & downside.
Pick one & stay on target.
BTW, welcome to Ftf!
00 buck? or 000 buck?
Do you want to kill the perp 5 times over or just 4 times over.
I think you are over-thinking this.
I like # four buck a lot, turkey load works well also.
Ouch either way
My 870 is loaded with # 4.
Never had to test it.
Another vote for #4 or a good high brass turkey load. Especially if intended for HD.
Get tactical buckshot, it is loaded a special way where the pellets stop mid entry to cause more force and stopping power.
It depends on the circumstances. The longer the expected shot, the larger the pellet needed. Residential construction may beg for smaller shot to prevent over penetration. Large tagets protected by heavy clothing require larger shot.
WTS, I have seen people on the Coroner's table equally dead from #4 shot, 00 and 000 buck as well as slugs. Shotguns are quite capable manstoppers.
Yeah when shotguns are talked, it is barely a difference between tactical and regular loads but hornady still makes a tactical zombie load that is supposed to be more effective. Either way the BG is going down.
"Tactical loads" utilize reduced velocity to give more controllability and better patterning. Federal Tactical 00 buck is amazingly tight. Even Remington Reduced Recoil buckshot yields better patterns that "full power" ammo.
the brand that works everytime you pull the trigger.
I prefer #1 buck followed by a slug. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Testing done by Guntalk, definitely birdshot.
Confirmed by a caller to his show from alaska saying it's a great bear stopper.
Good ol Federal 2/3 00 buckshot will do... but then again any buckshot will do lol
And I 'liked' your post by accident.
Although I keep a variety of buckshot shells, and might alter what I usually keep loaded for a specific situaiton, I generally keep a Mossberg loaded with alternating #4 buckshot and slug rounds.
I have been to Alaska and the recommended defensive bear load was Brenekee Slugs. Not Foster Slugs or any shot.
That being said. I load 2 birdshot, 2 buckshot, 2 slugs