Defensive Shotgun Ammo

Posted: January 10, 2012 in Weapons
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While there are many types of defensive shotgun ammo; what I find to work  best for my particular defensive applications are 12 Gauge 2 3/4″  6 or 7.5 birdshot, 12 Gauge 2 3/4″ 00 buckshot and 12 Gauge 2 3/4″ rifled slugs.

12 Gauge 2 3/4″  6 or 7.5 Birdshot can be used in strict indoor home defense situations where over penetration can be an issue and the distance to your target is very close.  12 Gauge 2 3/4″ 00 Buckshot can be used anytime the shotgun is defensively used outdoors or indoors where over penetration is not an issue.  12 Gauge 2 3/4″ Rifled slugs are for use in smoothbore barrels when the defensive fight outdoors goes well beyond the 25 yard effective range of buckshot.  A rifled shotgun slug can increase the effective range out to approximately 100 yards.

Sheetrock can generally absorb birdshot but buckshot will sail right through sheet rock walls.  For general purpose defensive deployment buckshot is generally the preferred choice to birdshot.  Each type of shotgun ammunition is defensive mission specific so it is best to match the ammunition type to the mission type.

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