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August 21, 2005, 08:33 PM
Do you think this would be good for home defense? Since it’s nickel-plated would over penetration be a problem compared to copper plated?

Remington® Premier® Nickel-Plated Buckshot
The Power Piston® wads in Remington's® 12-gauge, Premier® Buckshot line provide protection against pellet deformation on firing. Premier® Buckshot is hardened with 3% antimony, nickel-plated for additional hardness, and buffered to cushion pellets. The patterns are 25% tighter than normal buckshot loads. All Premier® Buckshot is water-resistant. Per 5 rounds.

12 Gauge - 2-3/4" - 00 Buck - 12 Pellets - FPS Max 1290

Jack O'Conner
August 25, 2005, 09:40 PM
Years ago, I killed a doe with 16 gauge full choked shotgun and #1 buck. A slightly smaller version of 00 buckshot. Best way to describe killing power and buckshot has to do with multiple hits in the vital chest area. A single buckshot ball has very low energy. But if 7 or more buckshot strike this same chest area, the wound(s) cause quick death.

For home defense, a high base #4 pheasant load will kill at close range. But not very likely to injure a neighbor within his home. Something to think about as we live in this highly litigatious nation named America.

August 25, 2005, 11:25 PM
Bullet 94 you'll probably find that you 2¾" shell has closer to 9 than 12 pellets.

For home defence I use either #2 or #4 (preferred) buck...gives you far more pellets to hit with (3X), still has sufficient diameter to cause serious damage and is a lot safer for your neighbours.

To add spice to the evening, I'll load BB or #2 bird shot into the spaces left over from the buck pellets...this gives a very thick, dense shot string and up to 15 yds is devastating when fired out out an Imp Cyl barrel.

August 26, 2005, 12:16 AM
+1 on the #4 buck for in-home defense.

But the nickle plated 00 buckshot will certainly work. The plating helps harden the shot so it stays round and the shot doesn't disperse due to drag producing "flat spots". Actually, not much of an issue inside a home.

Inside the home, anything from #6 to #2 birdshot or buckshot. You have to remember that you can miss with a shotgun at these ranges too.

When loaded, my 12ga fires #2, #4Buck, #4B, 00B, 00B, Slug.

August 26, 2005, 02:09 AM
Bullet 94 you'll probably find that you 2¾" shell has closer to 9 than 12 pellets.

Actually, some 00 buck loads have 9 pellets and some have 12...check it out, it's true.

August 26, 2005, 03:40 AM
Sellier & Bellot have 12 pellets!

Dave R
August 26, 2005, 09:24 AM
That's because the S&B has no shot cup, and not much wadding. They lead my bore up something terrible.

Death from Afar
August 27, 2005, 09:16 PM
+1 on #4 buck as well. Its Great stuff, and it really mangles the game I have shot in it. Less gaps in the pattern as well.
I didnt know about the wadless S&B ammo. INteresting.

Dave Haven
August 27, 2005, 09:44 PM
At the ranges involved in (indoor) home defense, #7 1/2 bird shot will do some serious damage.