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What is the best home defense ammo for a 12-gauge shotgun?

What is the best home defense ammo for a 12-gauge shotgun?


Ammo Name Type Penetration
Federal Power Shok – 12 Gauge – 2-3/4″ #4 Buck #4 Buckshot 14.5″
Winchester – 12 Gauge – 2-3/4″ Super-X #1 Buck #1 Buckshot 16″
Federal LE Tactical with FliteControl – 12 Gauge – 2-3/4″ 00 Buck 9 Pellets 00 Buckshot 20″
Fiocchi LE Reduced Recoil – 12 Gauge – 2-3/4″ 00 Buck 00 Buckshot N/A

Are 12-gauge shotguns good for home defense?

The 12-gauge pump shotgun is touted as the ultimate home defender. Shotguns cast a wider shot pattern, and can take down an intruder even in the most inexperienced hands. Once properly set up, the 12-gauge shotgun is probably the best all-around choice for the average homeowner seeking a defensive firearm.

Is 12-gauge 5 shot good for home defense?

For home defense, anything classified as bird shot might not be your first choice, as it does not penetrate as well as heavier shot, such as 00 buck. #5 lead shot is a versatile shot, but as with all ammo, make sure lead is okay to use where you plan to hunt, so you don’t walk away with a hefty fine.

Can a 12 gauge shotgun be used for home defense?

Shotguns are so effective for home defense that the simple sound of racking a shell into the chamber is enough to send all but the most determined intruders running for the hills. It takes an incredibly brave (or stupid) individual to stare down the barrel of a 12 gauge and keep coming.

What kind of ammo to use for home defense?

Given the statistics of engagement at distances less than 15 feet, any shotgun ammo that reliably cycles through your weapon will be effective. There is no shame in using a simple, no-frills 00 Buckshot load. 00 Buck has long been the king of home defense shotgun ammunition.

What kind of buckshot to use for home defense?

The 00 magnums may be good for shooting running deer, where a wider pattern and more pellets make good sense, but for personal defense, my preference is to stay with the eight- and nine-pellet 00 loads that use plated and/or hardened shot, since they tend to pattern best.

Which is the best shotgun for home defense?

Not to be outdone, Remington Express also has several great reduced recoil options for home defense. Remington TAC 8 Buckshot offers reduced recoil shooting and a configuration (including a one-piece wad column, polymer buffering, and 3 percent antimony pellets) that produces shot patterns 25 percent tighter than standard 00 Buck.

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