Originally Posted by Enzo_Guy
Best idea I've heard for a 5-shot 12-gauge is have the first shot be rubber buckshot, this idea is good because the laws tend to be less strict on the homeowner if he hit the intruder with non-lethal ammo. The laws are also less strict if you hi him with non-lethal first but instead he keeps coming, so then #8 or above is good.
You make a very valid point, and suggest a very good idea. On the opposite end of things I would add that a homeowner should stay away from these "specialty rounds" like flechettes, and the like simply because they really aren't proven in self defense situations and because an over zealous prosecutor could have a field day in court if you used them instead of conventional ammunition. In using firearms in self defense one must remember there are 2 "battlefields". One in the home at the presence of an intruder, the other in the courtroom settling the aftermath. It's wise to be prepared to win in both venues. Bill T.