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11-26-2019 04:25 PM
HappyPappy Claymore mine is buck shot, body armor doesn't stand a chance.
11-26-2019 12:28 PM
Originally Posted by PatrioticAmerican View Post
7/8 oz slugs at 1800 fps.

Body armor defeats buckshot. Slugs can kill even if the target uses body armor that stops the slug, but not all body armor stops 1800 fps projectiles.
Most people have a nil chance of having to defend their home against people wearing body armor lol.

Weak argument for the actual thread topic imo.

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11-26-2019 09:49 AM
woodyp If you use a double barrel of any type----load one of each and pick!
11-24-2019 08:08 PM
Hank FYI- Federal 3 #1 buck- 24 , .30 cal pellets. 2/34 #1 buck-20 .30 cal pellets. Beats 00 all to pieces IMHO. I think other brands are the same or similar. 3 is like a bolt of lightning on deer under 45 yds. 2 3/4 almost as good. Very efficient load.
11-23-2019 09:58 PM
Profreed I load OO Buck, 4 0 buck, BB, OO buck. That way I can tell the judge I was not trying to kill, just stop.
11-23-2019 09:46 PM
TENNGRIZZ BUCK SHOT NOT A DOUBT IN MY MIND , but with that said I keep 2 on hand one a smooth bore 835 in condition 3 with some left over turkey loads of #4 shot ready to go , a shoulder bag with a variety of buck shot from #4 2-/34 all the way up to tri-ball in 3-1/2 . the other is a Mossberg 935 with a rifled barrel and Remington Copper solid slugs just in case of skynet. LOL and S/FI!
11-23-2019 09:45 PM
PatrioticAmerican 7/8 oz slugs at 1800 fps.

Body armor defeats buckshot. Slugs can kill even if the target uses body armor that stops the slug, but not all body armor stops 1800 fps projectiles.
11-23-2019 09:42 PM
CrypticCRICKET I like both slugs and buck. #2 buckshot loaded back into retail target loads (1200 FPS) for indoors home defense (works in both 12 and 20 gauge). Low recoil slugs for outdoors H.D. and for hunting hogs in Florida woody scrubby areas. Flight control buckshot I trust for hunting and outdoors home defense because of how tight it patterns.
11-23-2019 08:45 PM
Originally Posted by Buck91 View Post
Pretty straight forward question. All other factors being equal, would you prefer slugs or buckshot for home defense? What about for SHTF shelter in place defense? Lets assume we are not considering over penetration as a factor in this discussion. I suppose to be specific, lets discuss 12 gauge 00 buck verse 12 gauge 3/4 to 1 ounce foster style slugs (or similar).
FOR HOME defense.. lets be honest... you could use #9 skeet loads at those ranges inside a house and kill someone just as dead without all the extra mess because the skeet load won't penetrate through a body. How do I know?
One of my many homeycides was an RA guy who took a full load of 9s from a Browning Sweet 16(16ga for those who don't recognize it) The cook at this restaurant saw the robbery going down, went to a different door and at about 12 feet the BG took the whole load in right front chest as he turned to see the cook.
at that range, the difference between trap loads from a 12ga or a 16ga is fairly negligible. The coroner said his innerds looked like he swallowed a porcupine that exploded inside. None of the shot came close to exiting.

another homeycide was a 12ga running 7 1/2 low brass out of a cylinder bore at about 9 feet. The shootee was about 220lbs and was hit almost dead center solar plexus. He was pretty dinged up and probably dead a long time before he hit the ground. Again no through penetration.

THAT said..
SLugs are great for penetration but remove the fudge factor that is what makes the scattergun famous. I have had the experience of using both on the job for different situations, BUT... because I had the luxury of being able to switch from one load to the other without worrying about getting overrun by opposition, I don't know if further on this would be applicable.
if over penetration is not an issue,
then it depends on what bbl length and choke you are using and at what distance you see engagement as the issue
because unless you are using a REALLY SHORT bbl, your shot won't spread enough to notice the difference in a normal house sized room, so slug or buck really makes no difference at all. Dealers choice. Both will be fairly devastating.
let me give you a tested reference.

We used to pattern test our shotguns at the PD specifically to see at what range the WW 9 ball 00Buck load will leave the body and start sending pellets down range maybe causing "collateral damage" Our shotguns were Remmy 870s with cyl bore and 18" bbls. Once you got beyond 65 feet or longer you were going to start throwing balls off the target.(These were not SHOT CUP buffered loads but loose plastic grains) Also interesting note, production runs(lots) differed sometimes a lot on the same loads and it all had to do with the buffering as far as we could best guess. Some plastic was grainier than others, some closer to salt size... IT could make a difference of 10 feet tighter or looser pattern where balls started to lose center mass.

YOu might want to pattern your shotgun and play with loads for either tighter or looser groups depending upon your wishes. We found the Remmy 00 load was all over the place. Lacked consistency. They also dirtied the guns and actually jammed some of them because they didn't completely seal the plastic buffering inside the case. Shotguns that had been in and out of cars a lot on inspection actually had the shells in the tube jam up and the guns had to be disassembled and cleaned from all the white crap that shook out.

IF you are trying to keep the hordes away from the gates out past 25yds then the buck gives the advantage of engaging more than one person at a time as it spreads out, a slug is addressed to one specific point of aim.
09-12-2019 09:15 AM
Vodka Wizard
Originally Posted by dmas View Post
So where do you get slugs? Or are you talking about making them?
The store. The slugs and buckshot I buy are identical in price. The good ol' Remington green and yellow box.
09-11-2019 07:04 AM
Iamfarticus I was out at the range on Saturday with my girlfriend and we were putting low-recoil slugs through my Mossbergs. Both have red-dot scopes on them and we were both shooting well within 12 yards. This is an indoor range, 12 yards is the max. I had a shoulder pad for her, but she's a little black and blue. I'm just a little sore in 1 spot. She handles the 12-gauge slugs quite well and is not at all gun shy.
09-09-2019 08:18 PM
BASS I think of "my wife defending herself if I am not around".

Twenty gauge buckshot she can handle. Twelve gauge she has hard time handling. My choice has her as a major consideration, 20 gauge with buckshot for her.

I can handle 12 gauge 3 inch with no problem. I store only 2 3/4 inch because I don't want her to "get confused with size of the shells". She may grab a twelve gauge with ammo on the stock. Trust me she can shoot your butt if you attack her. She is well trained to defend herself.

You should consider others in your group when deciding on arms and ammo for them.
09-09-2019 05:33 PM
~Black.Dog~ My 870 Tactical carries 6+1 00 Buck onboard with 6 PDX-1 Defenders in the side saddle. She always travels with a bandolier holding 20 more 00 Buck and 5 rifled slugs. I guess that means I prefer Buck.

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09-09-2019 04:23 PM
Jack Swilling Ballistic Products has a lot of options

I have a crazy amount of molds
This one from NOE is a hammer

Otherwise, annumition-wise, I have the Brenneke Green Lightning (same as the Red Special Forces)
And the Federal Tru-Ball mostly Penetrator and regular versions
Out of a smooth Bore, hard to beat the True-Ball
09-09-2019 03:54 PM
Originally Posted by dmas View Post
So where do you get slugs? Or are you talking about making them?
Cast your own from soft lead. Molds and instructions for loading are readily available. If you need only a few, factory-loaded ones are good, but you should try several brands to determine which is most accurate in your gun.

In smooth-bore barrels I get best results with Winchester Foster-type and RWS-Brenneke. In rifled bore the Remington Buck Hammer sabot rounds are good.

Old school cop doctrine when all you had was a wheelgun and a 12-ga. pump and no patrol rifle, was that slugs were effective against auto bodies and would deflate tires, whereas revolver rounds or buckshot would not reliably. Don't know if they still make them, but Federal labs used to make a barricade-penetrating, fin-stabilized, 12-ga. CS round which was accurate enough from a standard riot gun to pick which pane of a residential 9-panel window you wanted to hit from 80 yards out. It would also defeat auto glass or doors, as well as most interior wall construction and get the occupants to exit the car or apartment room without serious injury. We used to use standard trap or skeet loads for door breaching, but modern breaching rounds are more effective and MUCH safer.
09-09-2019 03:22 PM
Originally Posted by Vodka Wizard View Post
Not really...
So where do you get slugs? Or are you talking about making them?
09-07-2019 09:58 AM
wldrbob never used a shotgun on 2 legged predators... but on bigger 4 legged ones I prefer slugs
09-07-2019 09:36 AM
Vodka Wizard
Originally Posted by dmas View Post
Slugs are much more expensive than buckshot.
Not really...
09-07-2019 08:47 AM
Iamfarticus I have my DM 870 magazines set up with 00 buck, also in the Shockwave with PDX buck & ball in the side saddle. I see 00 buck as general home defense rounds.

I've been playing with #1 and #4 buck as well. All the indoor ranges I go to limit us to slugs only, so I get some practice with those too.
09-06-2019 09:22 PM
dmas I thought military guards carried shotguns to reduce chance of material damage. As in don't shoot at the nuclear weapons. Or the 100 million dollar aircraft.
In the field i thought shotguns were doorbreakers with non ricochet powdered metal ammo, not really used as weapons anymore.
Slugs are much more expensive than buckshot.
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