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This is a discussion on shotgun ammo suggestions within the Shotguns forums, part of the Armory category; just looking for a couple ammo suggestions for the new 870 tactical....suggestions for practice/fun and home defense would be appreciated! thanks guys!...


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Old March 16th, 2010, 08:08 PM   #1
 
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just looking for a couple ammo suggestions for the new 870 tactical....suggestions for practice/fun and home defense would be appreciated! thanks guys!
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Old March 16th, 2010, 08:14 PM   #2
 
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The various promotional birdshot loads will do for practice. Low recoil 00 buckshot or #1 buck is suggested for defensive use. There are those who suggest the use of birdshot for home defense...you have to realize it was developed to cope with small furry/feathered critters, not 150+ pound predators. The ranges at which it is truly effective on larger critters are far closer than you desire.



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Old March 16th, 2010, 08:15 PM   #3
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Somewhere between #4 and 00 buck.
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Old March 17th, 2010, 01:34 AM   #4
 
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00 buck is what I keep loaded all the time. Any cheap trap loads will work for practice. Wallyworld normally has case after case of target loads for a good price
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 08:51 PM   #5
 
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Practice a lot with whatever promo birdshot is cheap and available. Practice some with high brass, too. For serious work, I'm very happy with wally word Winchester Super-X 00. It's reasonably priced and reliable.



Whatever you do, just don't run birdshot for home defense.
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 09:46 PM   #6
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Know the differences in buck shot sizes and bird shot sizes. #1 bird does not = #1 buck.



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Old June 4th, 2010, 03:32 AM   #7
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For Home Defense out in the sticks, I keep it loaded with 00 Buck. I also keep some birdshot and slugs in the sleeve on the stock. If I need to shoot a snake, I just slip in some light shot load. If I need some long range punch, I slip in a slug.
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#4 and 00 buck.
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Old October 19th, 2014, 05:26 PM   #9
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9 or 8 pellet Low Recoil 00 Buck
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 06:34 AM   #10
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#4 and 00 buck.
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Somewhere between #4 and 00 buck.
Total agreement on the #4 - 00 buck. I rarely have a defensive shotgun loaded in the first place (I'm a handgun/carbine guy), but on the occasions I do, it's almost always #4 if I'm pretty certain that I'll be indoors and 00 if I don't know where I'll be. Usually Sellier & Bellot, but I doubt brand choice makes a huge difference in 12-gauge defensive buckshot.
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Old October 24th, 2014, 04:46 AM   #11
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I have some experience with #4 Buckshot and there effect on humanoids . If you anticipate (home defense) close range shooting and want to limit the possibility of penetration (as compared to 00) in interior walls then #4 Buck should serve you ok.

I still think your better served with the low recoil 00 buck type rounds that do not use a shot cup.
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