Buckshot/Slug mix for Home Defense

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by buster1958, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. buster1958

    buster1958 Monkey+


    Would like an opinion on this; I have a 590A1 at home for self defense, loaded up with double ought. A friend of mine is coaxing me to mix in some slugs, like every third shell.

    I don't see the reason (im thinking I'll need all the spread I can get in the middle of the night when I'm half awake and scared S__tless). Just wondered what everyone's opinion was.
  2. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

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  3. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    I know full well the damage that lighter shot can do in "in-house' distances. My H-D shotgun is loaded with a couple rounds of High Brass #6, then #4 behind them. I do have some 00 Buck on the side saddle shell carrier, if needed. I have neighbors close on both sides and behind me - must take over-penetration into account.
    Body armor....? A Number Six to the face fixes that.

    Also, a jury of non-gun sheeple won't look so horridly upon me using 'bird shot', rather than those 'man-killing buckshot' loads....... ;)

    The perp is just as dead.
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  4. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    For you folks that live in the FlatLands, I would agree that 00Buck and Slugs, are a bit of an OverKill, when dealing with basic 2 Legged Varmints. A Low Base #9 in the Pipe, with High Base #4s to follow, and a Slug, or two at the end, would do nicely. For us folks up North, where it isn't so much the 2 Legged Varmints, but the BIG Nasty FourLegged Critters, 00Buck, and Slugs, alternating, thru the whole 8 Shot Mag, with a Low Base #9 in the pipe, is Standard Loading for a Pump Action Stainless Shotgun. ..... YMMV.....
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  5. Illini Warrior

    Illini Warrior Illini Warrior

    a few sabot type slugs are handy to have available on a side saddle or sling carrier ..... your incident might become involved in taking on a car or something similiar ......
  6. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    At home, ( in the city) the 12's stay loaded with #4 shot.
    Out and about, 00 buck.
    Recently I was "horsing around" and I accidentally put a paintball thru a mobile homes exterior! My youngest used to play with those "airsoft" guns,and they made some deep dents in the exterior skins on mobile homes...
    Think what a slug would do!
  7. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Down here...During a hurricane,several have had to go in their attic's and blow out a hole in the roof in order to escape rising flood water's...
    Shot of choice.? Good old #6
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  8. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Bruce, a danged Grizzle Bear coming to call for dinner really does change things....! ;)
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  9. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Yep, or a Moose, walking by the front door, during Moose season...... One shot, at 30 yds, and meat for a winter....
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  10. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    Moose! It's what's for dinner!
    Or maybe even Wabbit!
    Whatever critter happens to wander in and offer itself to the pot!
  11. Opinionated

    Opinionated Monkey+

    Yup. This seals it. You folks are off yer rocker. [lolol]

    . . . that's all. Don't want to be tooooooo annoying. ;)
  12. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    There's no homes right near mine and I keep 00 Buck in my Mossberg (Remington Managed Recoil), but lately I bought some Brenneke Tactical Home Defense slugs. I haven't tried them out yet and will shoot some before I decide if I want to put any in the shotgun for defense. I'm thinking maybe one or two of these to be fired last might work but I don't know yet.
  13. Gordo

    Gordo Monkey+

    I have found during testing that #4 or #6 steel ball spread nicely as they spew forth from my little H&R 'Tamer' 410 shotty.
    Effective up to 10m with about a 40cm spread.
    Currently my 'hallway clearance' weapon of choice.
    Being single shot, I would personally finish off with a butt strike or a blade if necessary.

    (Note: Abiding by my national gun laws I would of course have to first go to my gun safe, unlock it using duel keys, remove the 'Tamer', unlock the seperate ammunition compartment with a different key, extract ammo, and load said shotgun to make it effective as a home defence weapon :p )
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  14. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    As my "issues" usually involve Mr. raccoon I keep a cylinder bore 12 with #4 buck.
  15. Gunny Highway

    Gunny Highway Hard Work and Sacrifice blessed by God's Grace

    I use 2 number # 4's, followed by 5 000 buck shells ( by the end of the first two shots my family knows they need to be down on the floor ) then the last shot is a slug because it ends the cover vs concealment argument
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  16. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    National gun laws? What nation do you live in?
  17. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    Aussie land.
  18. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    I only have the wife and myself at the house, with no neighbors, so over penetration is not a problem (sounds like a personal problem, but that's another story). We both have open choke shotguns with 00 buck (12 pellets) in them for inside the home protection. I would not go with slugs because you want the pellet spread for middle of the night, very low light and an adrenalin charged situation.
  19. forestdavegump

    forestdavegump Got ur 6, Bubba.

    Birdshot at hallway distances have always removed flesh and bone! But hey videos who gonna believe those. For some it is a must have experience to feel the shot first hand or leg or etc!
  20. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    If I get into a shooting situation I want them DRT (dead right there) and don't want to screw around with shooting someone with birdshot. I would use 000 buckshot but like the 12 pellets of 00 over the 8 in 000 for the extra hits.
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