winchester and/or federal 3", 15 pellet, 00 buck is what i use for self-defense.
I have grown to accept and appreciate 2 3/4" 00 buck, but I still use the 3" mentioned above for self-defense(as well as almost 100% of the time when the ammo is my choice). The way I see it, the intruder asked for the full kittenkaboodle if it ever comes to that(hopefully & probably not).
my home, my family, my choice....I have taken into effect issues that can arise with shotgun blasts and family members(the best anyone can anyways)
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