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    Default Home Defense Ammo loads

    I have a Remington 870 Synthetic and a Benelli M4, but not being into Shotguns I'm interested in what other board members are using for home defense loads with stopping power.

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    Default Re: Home Defense Ammo loads

    By "ammo loads", do you mean, re-loads? home-loads?

    If so, personally, I would never, ever, under any circumstance use anything other than brand-name factory loads for self-defense.

    The reason is that, should the worst come to happen, a corrupt DA will tell the jury that you personally fine-tuned your ammunition to cause the most amount of harm/killin'.
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    Default Re: Home Defense Ammo loads

    If so, personally, I would never, ever, under any circumstance use anything other than brand-name factory loads for self-defense.
    I agree 100%. Preferably what the local PD uses.

    000 Buck is my shotgun load for home defense. If you live in a home with nearby neighbors, or in an apartment, this might not suit you well. Nearly any load larger than BBs is going to be effective.

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    Default Re: Home Defense Ammo loads

    00 Buck
    But whatever load you want to try, buy a box of several brands and try them before buying in bulk, different ones will shoot different like the amount of spread and power.

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    Default Re: Home Defense Ammo loads

    Buck shot that suits you and don't look back, IMO

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    Default Re: Home Defense Ammo loads

    I have some 00 buckshot, but also picked up some Winchester PDX1 in 12 gauge. The recoil is similar to that of the 'low recoil' buckshot that I have, and the load includes a slug with rifling molded into it, in addition to three pellets of buckshot. My son and I opened one up out of curiosity. I'll try to get some pics up in a day or two.

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    Default Re: Home Defense Ammo loads

    OK, any particular length shells better than others. Both weapons BTW are chambered for at least 3" shells.

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    Default Re: Home Defense Ammo loads

    Quote Originally Posted by ALS View Post
    OK, any particular length shells better than others. Both weapons BTW are chambered for at least 3" shells.
    2 3/4 is all you'll need for self-defense.

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    Default Re: Home Defense Ammo loads

    I keep #4 heavy game loads (1 1/4) 2 3/4 in load. LorDiego01 had it right about some DA trying to make a name for them-self and because some critter comes into your home and you portect yourself, you become the bad guy. If you can use it to hunt with, you can use it. Just don't give them a chance to be able to say something.

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    Default Re: Home Defense Ammo loads

    Quote Originally Posted by WVBob View Post
    I keep #4 heavy game loads (1 1/4) 2 3/4 in load. LorDiego01 had it right about some DA trying to make a name for them-self and because some critter comes into your home and you portect yourself, you become the bad guy. If you can use it to hunt with, you can use it. Just don't give them a chance to be able to say something.

    I agree with above statement but if in doubt, you can never go wrong with 00 Buck for self defense, good powerful stuff.

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