What type of shells does everyone use for home defense?

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  1. phatcyclist

    phatcyclist Active Member

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    I thought about putting this in our ammunition section, but I though it might be more prudent here.

    I have a Maverick 88 pump that I am considering keeping around for home defense. I've fired many types of shot and slugs through it, but I am sort of lost when it comes to buckshot brands/types. I have a box of 3" Remington 00 buck, a box of Hornady TAP 2 3/4" 00 buck and a few Winchester 3" 00 buck. I bought the Hornady rounds today because I got a decent deal on them, but they are shorter than the other buckshot I have. I have 3" BB steel shot and slugs too but neither really seems correct for home defense.
     


  2. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

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    Run a 3" tactical load in 0000 buck?
     
  3. idleprocess

    idleprocess Active Member

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    2¾" 00 buck in my Maverick 88, but it's locked up so it's not exactly a "things go bump in the night" sort of a gun...
     
  4. Texan2

    Texan2 TGT Addict

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    I keep #1 shot in mine....get hit with that and your going to leak all over the place pretty fast. I use the same shot on hogs and they drop quick too...
     
  5. Jeff-Tex

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    I use #4 buck in my shorty and #1 buck in the long stocks. Decent caliber and pellet count.

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  6. Vellcrow

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  7. Vicente

    Vicente New Member

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    I use #2 shot.
     
  8. onac255

    onac255 Active Member

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    I have the same dilemma and I am probably going to use 00 buck.
     
  9. redhart

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    # 4 buck, I do not worry about over penetration(shooting thru the house and getting a neighbor) as much.
     
  10. 308nato

    308nato TGT Addict

    I use S&B 00# buck mixed 9 and 12 pellet loads.
    The last time I bought some I think I payed 4.86 for 10 rd box.
     

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