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Old September 7, 1999, 10:05 AM   #1
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I have an 18 1/2", Winchester 1300 pump, in 20 gauge, with modified choke. What round would best suite home defense. My longest in home shot would be about 30feet. I'm new to shot-guns so be gentle..=)

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Old September 10, 1999, 06:23 PM   #2
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Suggest you buy a few boxes of light loads in #6, 7½, or 8 shot ('dove/quail/game/field') and shoot them at the range. Buy some '0' or '00' Buck and some slugs (usually come in 5 packs) and shoot them. Suspect you'll notice the light loads recoil less.

For home defense, load a slug, then a Buck or two, then the light loads (which will of course be available to shoot first).
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Old September 11, 1999, 12:08 AM   #3
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We addressed the topic of shotgun home defense ammunition in an article published on our web site last October. The article provides recommendations for both 12 gauge and 20 gauge shotshells. You can read the article at: http://www.firearmstactical.com/briefs10.htm

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Old September 11, 1999, 08:49 PM   #4
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Thanks Shawn.

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Old September 15, 1999, 09:19 PM   #5
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20s are much under-rated, but far more suitable for HD. Macho people who kid themselves they need a 12 or 10GA need to do a few range tests before they buy - in my opinion...
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Old September 16, 1999, 10:58 AM   #6
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A buddy of mine, his wife, and a notable number of cans of beer all managed to get into a serious difference of opinion. She grabbed the 20 gauge. He ran. He didn't run fast enough nor far enough and collected a lot of #9 skeet at around 20-25 yards.

He survived--after a lot of surgery. She apologized profusely, of course.

Had it been 15 yards, or 10 yards, he wouldn't be with us. How many houses have indoor open-length shots of 10 to 15 yards?

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