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what ammo do you think is the best for home defense? What will put down your target but slow down enough if it happens to travel through walls? I am loaded up with 00 buck in 2 3/4. My biggest fear is that I live in a duplex and I couldnt live with myself If i put holes in my neighbor. I choose the shotgun for home defense for many reasons but this is still on my mind. Watcha think?
 

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I agree, It is not just a swing and shoot situation. I know that in a fire fight a certain amount of confusion will occure especially when you have just come out of slumber. You can train as much as possible but the fact is that when your adrenaline rises your blood sugar drops and I imagine that keeping a bead on your target can be difficult but you must try to hold down on your target. I pray that I am never in this situation and my heart goes out to any LEO that has to have this fear on their mind day in and day out.

I guess there is no perfect ammo and training is valuble.
 

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daveyG said:
I guess there is no perfect ammo and training is valuble.
:agree:
Handguns were meant to fight back to the long gun you should have had in the first place. Use a long gun whenever possible. For what it's worth, bird shot at close range, can be very hazerdous to your health.
 

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This is what a LEO told us in a criminal justice class in college. That the best home defense was a remington 870. He said the scariest sound in the dark is an action of a shotgun being cycled. For a burglar i would imagine that would not be a welcome sound to hear. If you are worried about hitting your neighbors with the 00 buck this may be another option. Using a so called non lethal round like a rubber dart inside of a shotgun round. We used these for riot control in iraq and they say non lethal but at close range you could kill someone with these. Or just use a light bird shot like a 7 1/2 shot or an 8 shot.
 

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ammosargeant said:
He said the scariest sound in the dark is an action of a shotgun being cycled. For a burglar i would imagine that would not be a welcome sound to hear.
I don't know how many times I hear that. It's not a smart thing to do, period. First, it tells the enemy exactly what you are using to defend yourself, second, it gives away your position. Let the first thing that draws attention to you be your first shot, then move and seek cover. The idea of pumping your shotgun is exactly like firing a warning shot to let someone know you are serious - it's just dumb. Granted, it MIGHT make someone reconsider and leave your house, but it's not guaranteed. They have made the decision to invade your residence, you have the right and responsibility to eliminate any threat.

And don't use small buckshot, it'll just piss someone off, use 00 buck and create some large holes.
 

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GeneticsDave said:
The idea of pumping your shotgun is exactly like firing a warning shot to let someone know you are serious - it's just dumb.
I would agree to a point. My dad was a cop for many years and he never carried a round in the chamber of his shotgun. He would always rack one in when he needed to get someone's attention and it worked every time. If he was trying to be stealthy, he would put one in before he went into the situation. However, that sound of a round being racked in on the shotgun would make just about any BG think twice about what he is doing. It all depends on the situation and what you are trying to do.
 

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I agree with not racking the gun. I keep mine just like my side arm, locked and loaded. You can still rack it if you want and still be in the same position, one round short of a full load. :shock:
 

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As law enforcement or military, you might be required to give a warning prior to engaging an enemy - although I don't see military in Iraq or SWAT clearing a house and then pumping their shotguns when they see a bad guy, they go in hot.

As a home owner and protector of my family, I don't have the standing order to give warning. My primary responsibility is the safety of myself and my family, not some home invader that seeks to do me financial or physical harm. I wouldn't give him any advantages and recommend that none of you do either.
 

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Yeah, I figure "FLASH/BANG" from the muzzle is warning enough. :twisted:
 
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