Re: Son wants shotgun for christmas.
same thing you do with a 12g, to shoot stuff!
skeet, birds, rabbits, squirrels, whatever. You can even take larger game with slugs and buckshot, I've blasted coyotes with OOO buck from the little .410.
It's not that it's less powerful per se, just less stuff going out there. Same velocities if not higher than most 12g
"Loud noises don't end gunfights.... well placed shots do."