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Old January 20, 2013, 02:35 PM   #1
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20Ga Buckshot?

I have looked around the net and it seems that #3 is the largest shot you can get in 20 ga? I can understand that the shell has limitations so I guess I would be stuck with whatever I can get for a Stoger Double.
Being new to the Shotgun Home Defenseconcept, I wsa glad to read that my misconceptions about Birdshot being adequate! Apparentlly it dosent penetrate to hit vitals if the range is over about 5 yards. You need some form of Buckshot to be effective.
I am only intrested in stopping action against my home and wether the opponent dies is irellevant.
Is there any source for a buck and Ball load for the 20GA?
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Old January 20, 2013, 02:45 PM   #2
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I've never had any trouble finding buckshot 20ga where are you located?
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Old January 20, 2013, 03:06 PM   #3
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I cant find it in store either I need to buy it online when I want it.
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Old January 20, 2013, 04:38 PM   #4
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20 gauge 000 has 10 pellets. 12 gauge 00 has 9. A 20 gauge with 00 would only have 5 or 6 at the most
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Old January 20, 2013, 06:41 PM   #5
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I don't buy buck for my 20 gauge and what I have I picked up in odd lots but I have some 000 in 2 3/4" Express and 00 in 3" Federal Premium so it's out there. You might have to special order to get it though. Mostly I am loaded up on slugs and turkey shells in #4 or #6. Deer hunting and turkey hunting are the primary use for my 20 so that's just the way I went at the toy store. Rio Royal sells it in 2 3/4".

Wolf Hill sells 20 gauge tactical 00 in 2 3/4" with 8 pellets.
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Old January 20, 2013, 07:49 PM   #6
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Being small in stature my two sons got me a Remington 870 Express Synthetic 20-gauge shotgun for the holidays and I've enjoyed shooting it at the range. As far as HD shells go, I ordered a few boxes of these from Midway USA to try:
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Old January 20, 2013, 10:55 PM   #7
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Well, I actually bought a box of Rio #1 Buck for my 20 gauge single shot just a few weeks ago, just to play around, really. I should note that it was the last box that they had. I know I've seen 0 Buck in a 20 gauge, at least somewhere. I remember wanting to order some from Cheaper Than Dirt. I was making a big order and I figured I'd grab some 00 Buck. But everything above #3 was out of stock. I just went and ordered the #3...

To be honest, I kinda hate when people say "well a 20 gauge is good for self defense if you're recoil sensitive or small statured", etc. Yeah, it's fantastic, WHEN you can find some damn buckshot for the thing... I mean, #3 buck is still .25 caliber. You've got a whole load of them coming out, but it's the principle. PEOPLE WANT BUCKSHOT FOR THEIR 20 GAUGES! I really don't know what's so hard for companies to understand about that. I know the 12 dominates the market, but when .410 000 Buck is easier to find than 20 gauge buckshot above #3, I think we have a problem.

I was also reading a blog a while back. Apparently #1 (.30 caliber) is the absolute best shot size for a balance of both recoil management and stopping power. Recoil is little when compared to the larger shot sizes and still puts a lot of pellets on target, but apparently, there is no demand for it... What a shame...
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Old January 21, 2013, 08:08 AM   #8
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I never seem to have trouble finding buckshot for a 20 ga. No 2 is about the biggest I've ever seen, and I've only seen that in 3" loads, but every Wal-Mart and gun store around here has it as far as I know. I see a lot of No 3 in 2 3/4" loads.

Of course we use it for deer hunting around here, so they sell a bunch of it.

I was also reading a blog a while back. Apparently #1 (.30 caliber) is the absolute best shot size for a balance of both recoil management and stopping power. Recoil is little when compared to the larger shot sizes and still puts a lot of pellets on target, but apparently, there is no demand for it... What a shame...
No 1 buck is probably the most popular buckshot load around here, or it was when I was doing a lot of hunting. It's all I've ever used, and my grandfather used it before I did. Every deer I ever killed was with No. 1, out a 12 ga with a modified choke.

Years ago "The American Rifleman" magazine did a test on various buckshot loads and determined the same thing. No 1 out a modified choke was the best patterning they tested. Peter Capstick in his book, "Death in the Long Grass, said professional hunters in Africa, prefered a 12 ga double, with British SG buckshot, which he said was the same as American No 1, for following up on crippled big cats.

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