What shot for home protection?

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  1. bizy

    bizy New Member

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    Using a pump 20ga shotgun, what load do you use? Myself I use the #2 shot. I think most people use the #00 buck. I think most people knows what a pump sounds like when racking in the first round.:eek:
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    Several years ago the NRA did an article about this and reccommended #4 buckshot. That is what I keep loaded in mine
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    If you're racking that shotgun, then you have already fired that first shot, I hope!
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    They don't make 00 in 20 gauge. I think the biggest they sell is either #2 or #3.
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    I don't know that it really matters. What ever you put in a shotgun inside a house is going to be terrible on the intruder.
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    I think you're right Alpo.

    The way I work it with my model 12 riot in 12 gage is to keep it unloaded and but with six rounds in a shell holder on the stock. Two are light game loads with 7 1/2 shot and the other four are OO buck. This way I can load for the situation.

    In the next few months I'm going to pick up a 20 gage double barrel coach gun, simpler and less recoil for my wife who isn't a shooter. It will be the go to gun in the closet and I'll use the same sort of shell holder for ready ammo.
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    Me personally I prefer #9. I like the fact that unless they are made out of old shoe leather then their gonna be spending a lot of time at the hospital gettin all that out of the hide. whey settle for 20 pellets when you can have 100.
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    I am with GaBob in Carla's 20 gauge riot gun it is #4 buck shot then a another followed by four 20 gauge home defense loads from Federal. Them is some nasty critters with mixed size shot and lower recoil then reguler buck shot I shot one load into a four ft. square cardboard box at about seventeen steps I am dang sure glad I was on the correct end of that round. Big hole small holes medium size holes.
    I am not sure what all is in that round but it will take care of business.
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    I just received two 25 count boxes of estate 00 buck. It is what I will use once my shotgun gets to my ffl. I used c
    Cabelas bucks and did not have to pay for the shells.
    The sg I am waiting on is a 12 gauge NEF pardner protector w/ 18" barrel. It is an 870 knock off.
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    This reminds me I need a new home security scatter gun, right now I'm giving my Win. 1200 bird gun double duty. I have it loader with 00 buck
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    I got my NEF Protector for $168 delivered. I thought that to be a good price.
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    Don't have a shotgun, just the .455 in the night stand, and a peevee handle next to the door.
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    Are the parts interchangable with the 870? That would def. be a plus. either way thanks for the info I might have to check them out.
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    It's hardly a knock-off; NEF, H&R and Marlin are all Remington-owned brands. It may look like a knock-off, but it's just the real thing in disguise.
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    Oh, and on the topic:
    I use #6 for nearly every application, including home defense. I do have some 00 and a couple slugs on one of those sleeve things on the stock, but I'm really pretty confident that #6 will do the trick for anything under 15 yards (and every shot in my home is under 10 yards).
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    I have read that the barrels are not compatible but most everything else will cross over.

    The gun is produced by Norinco, at least that is what I have heard. It is a relatively heavy gun probably do in part to the all steel receiver.
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    I'm more concerend with stocks/forearms/pistolgrips, I'm really not sure which way I want to go with it. if it has an 18 inch barrel, that is about perfect for home security so I wouldn't need to change that. and that about rules out putting a longer tube on it.
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    I have a Ithica 20 ga with 3 buck. After the smoke clears, if needed, I go with the Glock 23 with 155JHPs.

    I do not want to use bird shot because if I need to shoot, I want them immediately out of action, hopefully for good.

    I have never seen 00 in 20 ga FWIW.

    I am a peaceful person up till when you mess with my family, me or my home.

    Vince
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    Check out this guide/article, very long but also very interesting in helping one selecting the best ammunition for defensive firearms.


    http://www.chuckhawks.com/ammo_by_anonymous.htm
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    #4 in 12-gauge.
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