I'd be using slugs if I had to use a shotgun and it was farther than several yards. 00-buck maybe out to 50 or so.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.