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Old 05-31-2013, 10:28   #1
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Recommended 20 Ga. Shotgun ammo for Home Defense?

Howdy- I own a 20 gauge Mossberg Cruiser shotgun used to protect the home. I am undecided between using slugs or
Buckshot. What Brand & type of shotgun ammo do you
recommend for a 20 gauge shotgun to stop a home invasion.
Time to grab a cup of Java.
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:50   #2
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General consensis is for 20 ga 3" #4 Buck, as for brand take your pick as far as I know there is no Brand of selfdefense rounds for 20 Ga. But there are a few makers of buck loads for it! Here's a good read on the 20 ga.

http://www.shootingillustrated.com/i...ghty-20-gauge/
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:33   #3
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General consensis is for 20 ga 3" #4 Buck, as for brand take your pick as far as I know there is no Brand of selfdefense rounds for 20 Ga. But there are a few makers of buck loads for it! Here's a good read on the 20 ga.

http://www.shootingillustrated.com/i...ghty-20-gauge/
Thank-you Gunnut for the great read on the 20 gauge.
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:41   #4
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I agree, plane Jane #4 buck is about as good as it gets (not in a bad way) for twenty gauge. I wouldn't feel under-gunned loaded up with it.
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:48   #5
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These are worth a look. Three different sizes of buckshot tested.

http://www.brassfetcher.com/index_files/Page2841.htm
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:53   #6
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Found some here that's actually IN STOCK!!:

http://www.ableammo.com/catalog/fede...x-p-73839.html
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:55   #7
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The limited choices make it an easy answer. IMO it's a pity that the big ammo makers don't do some experimenting with the 20 like they have done with the 12. I think there is a lot of untouched potential with the 20.

Like many have noted the 20s are usually on a lighter frame and my wife and I have found that our 20 ga bird guns kick as much, with #4 buck loads as our 12s with tactical buck loads, BUT the lighter 20s handle noticeably faster and I would gladly take that trade off because the 20 wouldn't be short of anything with a "tailored/developed" specialty HD/SD load.
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These are worth a look. Three different sizes of buckshot tested.

http://www.brassfetcher.com/index_files/Page2841.htm
Thank-you for the information. Now if I can just found some
20 gauge #1 Buckshot.
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Thank-you for the information. Now if I can just found some
20 gauge #1 Buckshot.
Now to brew another pot of coffee.
Sure.
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If you have Dick's Sporting Goods around you, the one nearest me had plenty of 2.75" Remington #3 Buck on the shelf last week
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If you have Dick's Sporting Goods around you, the one nearest me had plenty of 2.75" Remington #3 Buck on the shelf last week
Thanks for the ammo info. Soon as I have me Java I'm off
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Old 06-03-2013, 19:11   #12
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IMO #3 or 4 buck. Any leading brand: federal or winchester would work.
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:08   #13
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I settled on this load.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/958...llets-box-of-5

We added a 20ga to the house and I did some (very) informal testing to find a load that suited. Recoil was a major concern as this was intended for my wife or daughters to use. It is the Mossberg Youth 500 and pretty light.

Most of the 20ga buckshot loads I tried kicked as hard as my 12ga. This Federal load was much lighter kicking. Patterned well out of the Mossberg also.

With a cruiser style shotgun, recoil could be a concern. I have never fired one, so really do not know.
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Old 06-09-2013, 15:57   #14
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I use Remington 3 inch Nitro Mag #6 shot for grouse hunting, it's what I load in mine....I use a youth model side by side...Reason being is if I have to use it, the shot will be what ? 10/20 feet tops...the pattern will not open up very much at that distance and I believe it will stop the threat, if not, I think the second barrel will, if not my son will be there with either my Sig 1911 and or my Sig 229, depending on where he is in the house at the time.. Truthfully regular old low brass # 6 shot has to work at those distances also. To me all of those fancy loads are designed to separate me with unnecessary expenditures. "Run whatcha brung"

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I use Remington 3 inch Nitro Mag #6 shot for grouse hunting, it's what I load in mine....I use a youth model side by side...Reason being is if I have to use it, the shot will be what ? 10/20 feet tops...the pattern will not open up very much at that distance and I believe it will stop the threat, if not, I think the second barrel will, if not my son will be there with either my Sig 1911 and or my Sig 229, depending on where he is in the house at the time.. Truthfully regular old low brass # 6 shot has to work at those distances also. To me all of those fancy loads are designed to separate me with unnecessary expenditures. "Run whatcha brung"

Awfully stout load for grouse, but would you shoot a deer at 10-20 feet with it?
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