Home Defense / Home Invasion
I have a question regarding a Remington 870 pump 12 gauge shotgun and / or Ruger mini-30 rifle 7.62X 39 for home defense.
I bought the shotgun intending its primary use to be for home defense (burglary and home invasion) I donít hunt. I bought the Ruger rifle mostly for a SHTF event.
The thought of a home invasion scares the bejebbers out of me.
In case of a home invasion,ideally, I would retreat to my bedroom with my wife and hunker down there as I wait for police to arrive. (I think of a long gun as artillery to fend off the barbarian hordes)
When I bought the shotgun many years ago the guy in the gun store recommended a 12 gauge loaded with 00 buckshot, so that is what I bought and what I now have.
Recently, someone told me that that load might be a bit much in an urban environment. I live n a standard suburban neighborhood where my next door neighborís wall is about 20-25 feet away in either direction.
My questions are: Do you think 00 buck is a little too much? And is the 7.62X39 round too powerful for home defense?
If the 00 buck is too much, could you recommend a more appropriate load? The rifle is what it is, I canít afford to replace it.
Thanks again for all you do and your patience,
Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.
-- Gilbert K. Chesterton