View Full Version : Different Types of Shot for Home defense?

June 18, 2008, 03:42 PM
Wondering what kind of Shot works best for home defense?
Using a MOSSBERG 590 20"

June 18, 2008, 03:51 PM
You just opened a HUGE can of worms. You're gonna have 800 different opinions here, so you might wanna do some searching on some similar forum topics.

My preference is #00 or #2 buck - others will say heavy birdshot. My philosophy - birdshot is for birdies, buckshot is for bad guys. #2 has more penetrating power, 00 has more stopping power. Also gotta consider where you live, who else is in the house, what your walls are made of, length of access halls, neighbors, local laws etc. Remington makes a killer managed-recoil 00 buck that feels like you're shooting #7 birdyshot - great if a spouse is learning HD as well.

Happy researching!

June 18, 2008, 03:54 PM
This might get ya started:


June 18, 2008, 03:57 PM
Thank you for the advice and i have been researching some. And came upon the same things you just stated for the #00 or #2

June 18, 2008, 03:58 PM
Use the 'search' function--there's 5322315 topics on this subject with as many opinions.
See above post link ^

ps - buckshot for bad guys; birdshot for lil birdies

June 18, 2008, 04:00 PM
try these as well:



June 18, 2008, 07:16 PM
birdshot for birds, buckshot for bucks....357 magnum for bipeds....;)

June 18, 2008, 07:22 PM
+1 for the 00 buck. Just try it at the range in that Mossberg and your question will be answered...end of debate.

June 18, 2008, 10:27 PM
My personl opinion (which is worth what you paid for it) is this: fine buckshot (i.e. No. 1 or smaller) or coarse birdshot (i.e. BB or larger, preferably steel) because it gives you more pellets coarse buckshot while maintaining better penetration than fine birdshot. My shotguns are loaded with the following for HD

20ga- 3" No. 3 Buckshot
12ga- 3" No. 4 Buckshot
10ga- 3.5" Steel BB

June 19, 2008, 12:07 AM
I'm finding this is a much more civilized debate than I originally thought. Yay for grown-ups! :D

June 19, 2008, 08:58 AM
This is a surprisingly civilized thread, all things considered.

Anyway, I use 00B for this purpose. My decision was that much easier due to Federal only loading the Flitecontrol wad loads with 00B. I get about 4 1/2" patterns at 15 yards shooting the reduced recoil loads from my cylinder-bore Benelli Nova.

June 19, 2008, 06:08 PM
This is a surprisingly civilized thread, all things considered.

Hey, would you guys knock it off? You're making me feel kinda milk-toasty...:cool:

June 21, 2008, 10:49 PM
I use several differant loads in my shotgun.1st round is a federal copper sabot slug,2nd shot is 3 mag #00 buck,and 3rd 4th 5th 6th shots are all #4 buck.I know this may sound extreme but i don't like taking chances.

June 23, 2008, 02:28 AM
I like F#4 buck. Has the stopping power but will not go through 4 walls.

June 24, 2008, 01:23 AM
second are #4 buck the third thru fifth are slug to keep them going.

June 24, 2008, 02:17 AM
jrothWA it was a good thing I was not drinking anything when I saw that. :D

June 24, 2008, 04:43 AM
#1 buck,2.75" or 3". you can get the 2.75" in winchester,federal and remington. my 870 prefers the winchester for hd distances,the remington for hunting.

nutty ned
June 28, 2008, 08:36 PM
Across the room, anything you got.

July 3, 2008, 07:32 AM
Nobody likes buck & ball (http://www.jgsales.com/product_info.php/ammo-for-shotguns/centurion-shotshells/p/12ga-centurion-multi-defense-buckshot-and-ball%2C-10rd-boxes-/cPath/52_316/products_id/1638?osCsid=32bed6f2f7c99c5f265e4edff3b7f60c)?

July 3, 2008, 07:37 AM
Federal LE 00 buck with flite control wad. Remington managed Recoil is good stuff in my guns too. I keep the mossberg 500 loaded with it and leave it out for the wife when I'm away. It fits her better than the 870 or the 11-87. She's also more comfortable with the controls.

I keep Brenneke KO's handy on the 870 and 11-87 as a just in case.

.45 COLT
July 3, 2008, 08:30 AM
Nobody likes buck & ball?
I load several different B&B loads, but they aren't for in the house defense. Sort of like turning a .45-70 loose inside. It doesn't stay inside.


July 3, 2008, 09:15 AM
12 Gauge Maiden's Revenge
This Is An Ideal Cartridge For Stopping An Intruder In Their Tracks Without Excessive Wall Penetration And Ricochet. The Hollow Steel Balls Make This Round Very Light In Recoil So That Any Family Member Can Handle Its Use.
Hv-0612 $8.95/pkg Of 3

July 3, 2008, 06:44 PM
Personally, I use #6 birdshot out of an 18.5 full choked barrel...

People will disagree with me, but its just what I use..


July 3, 2008, 09:17 PM
I would use any buckshot or slugs. Using birdshot is asking for trouble. If I had no buckshot I would use the largest size available. BB's, #2 etc.