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  • Texas42

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    I'm setting up my fiancee with a 20 gauge shotgun to use for HD (it is what I got).

    Any opinions about HD ammo. I'd rather not use slugs. I founds some number 3 buckshot at Academy, couldn't find anything higher. It says unplated, whatever that means.
     

    Jeff-Tex

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    Sounds like you found a 2 3/4 shell. There is more variety in the 3 inch shells. If they don't stock them, look online. CTD has plenty if you can handle the prices, and they ship pretty fast.
     

    micah7488

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    my friend loaded some shotgun ammo of his own using 3/4" metal ball bearings. he lived to tell the tale and said that they busted straight through a tree. Granted it was a 12 guage but i figure same concept could be used for 20, is the shotgun capable of taking both 2 3/4 and 3 inch shells? If your fiancee can handle blowing out a 8 inch hole in her house while taking the bad guy out, you could test that idea, carefully.

    Side-note: overall what is the difference between a sabot round and a slug or is it solely a nominal thing?
     

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    #3 or 000 buck? they are both said to be effective on yotes. As far as HD try for a 3" if the gun will handle it. I would go for 000 or 00 and try to keep it low recoil so the pattern is tighter and the kick is less.
     

    Texas42

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    My gun is a winchester 1300. The barrel says I can use 3" shells. The ones i got were #3 buckshot, not 000 buck in 2 3/4ths in shell (20 pellets). It was what they had at Academy. I checked bass pro shop, and all I saw was some sabot rounds for 20 gauge. There is just not a lot of options for 20 gauge . . . . .

    I guess I could look online, but I'd rather not pay too much.
     

    Texas42

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    I have been looking at Midway and CTD, and #3 buckshot is about all I have seen.

    Really not much in the way of 3" shells either.
     

    Big country

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    Sabots are for rifled barrels only. Only rifled slugs threw the smooth bore. And for now #3 is better than bird shot. I had some #3 3" mag turkey loads for the 870 but they didn't last long, (I discovered that blowing shit up with magnum loads is fun) Now it is 00 and rifled slugs on the butt with an empty tube. (I have my pistol next to the bed)
     

    micah7488

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    Sabots are for rifled barrels only. Only rifled slugs threw the smooth bore. And for now #3 is better than bird shot. I had some #3 3" mag turkey loads for the 870 but they didn't last long, (I discovered that blowing shit up with magnum loads is fun) Now it is 00 and rifled slugs on the butt with an empty tube. (I have my pistol next to the bed)

    is it the 'judge' with your .410 in the chamber? :)

    graci for the 411
     

    micah7488

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    My gun is a winchester 1300. The barrel says I can use 3" shells. The ones i got were #3 buckshot, not 000 buck in 2 3/4ths in shell (20 pellets). It was what they had at Academy. I checked bass pro shop, and all I saw was some sabot rounds for 20 gauge. There is just not a lot of options for 20 gauge . . . . .

    I guess I could look online, but I'd rather not pay too much.

    i found a website that sells mil-spec smoke nades. if in doubt smoke em and shoot till your outta ammo, granted the smokes $39 per nade
     

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