Like I said in my OP, "Any thoughts? - besides those that swear by the 00 buck or #4 buck thought processes."
Thanks to the few that actually addressed my question. A 2" shell is probably too short to reliably load. Question answered. Thanks.
Now, should I create a new thread to let everyone voice their opinions on how large the shot needs to be before it's effective enough for HD?
Swamppapa..."a thought, can you rearrange things so you are between the kids rooms and the most likely point of entry?
that way the projectiles aren't traveling in their direction. "
Answer - No, not practically. I would rearrange if SHTF, but those arrangements are not comfortable for day-in, day-out living.
Plumberroy..."5. not having kids bedrooms close so you can get them behind you quick is (as much as I hate to use the word ) STUPID worried about them hearing ? soundproof the walls !!! house set up that way, you didn't have to buy it !!!
Sorry to be hard but Once you take on a family providing and protecting is you only job everything else is noise
Answer - I sort of inherited this house. To call someone STUPID because of that is, well, STUPID! You are ignorant (look up the true meaning which is being uniformed, etc). I will gladly let you come and pay to relocate my family to a house that better fits defensive tactics. But, until that happens, I guess you really don't have anything to add to the conversation, except that I am stupid for the house I live in. You, sir, are brilliant and you are showing how brilliant you are by calling me names rather than offering solutions. Thanks. Alot. You are terrific. And a lot of help.