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Best 12 Gauge Ammo for Home Defense

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:49 pm
Whats up everybody. I'm a new member on this site and I recently purchased my first firearm, a Remington 870 Express Tactical. I need some help from the more experienced guys here. I'm new to shotguns and i'm still trying to learn the differences in 12 gauge ammunition. I need to find out the best ammunition for home defense.
I went to Walmart to checkout the different types of 12 gauge they had and I left very confused. I know that I only can use 2&3/4" to 3" shells but I still see an influx of different ones to choose from. If it helps, I live in a 2-story home. The first floor is very open and the second floor is moderately tight; and my Remington does not have a stock, only pistol grip.
Thanks to those who help out, god bless.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:36 am
It IS a proven fact that "birdshot" is the best load for home defense situations due to the fact it will NOT over penetrate common house building materials to harm any friendlies in the home as well as outside the structure.

2 3/4"... 7 1/2 birdshot... keeps a tight pattern in the usual self defense distances found in most homes.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:58 pm
Cool, thanks brother!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:48 pm
Here is a link to a place where various loads were tested:

http://www.theboxotruth.com/the-box-o-t ... x-o-truth/
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:39 am
Good link...proves my point.

Remembering that you have at least a few more shots in the shotgun...the perp will drop...without excessive danger to others in or outside the home.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:54 pm
SHOOTER13 wrote:It IS a proven fact that "birdshot" is the best load for home defense situations due to the fact it will NOT over penetrate common house building materials to harm any friendlies in the home as well as outside the structure.

2 3/4"... 7 1/2 birdshot... keeps a tight pattern in the usual self defense distances found in most homes.

Don't believe me...?!

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X2, but NOBODY walks through a 12 guage no matter the shot size, but as Shooter said do to over penetrating birdshot is primo!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:16 pm
Seems all the cops carry low recoil 00.
I'll have to go read that I've always worried about bird shot in long hallways or distances.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:56 am
well, inside of what distance?

If I were to stick with smaller shot I would select #4 or #5 high brass hunting loads. Or waterfowl loads of #2 heavy shot.

BTW, that is a nice shotgun you bought. Congrats.
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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 3:57 pm
I like to keep mine loaded with #6 or #4 shot, high brass, 2-3/4". You really don't need the power of the 3", especially at close range, against a human target at close distances. JMHO.
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 11:34 pm
OP, just what are you going to go with as a defense load?
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