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Here's a posting from another site with lots of pictures of ballistic gelatin showing the results of various loads of 12 ga shot from no. 9 bird to 00 buck.

Interesting photos. Good info as far as helping to decide which loads are best for home defense purposes.

http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?t=109958
 

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Interesting. I'm still a fan of slugs for home defense. Its a close quarters situation and I'm damn accurate with my shotgun when shooting 3" Remingtons with a huge hunk of lead in it.

I may exchange 4 shells of slugs on my sling for 4 shells of 00 buckshot for utility's sake.
 

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Thanks for the link. I personally choose to keep 3" #1 buckshot rounds in my home defense shotgun and the data they came up with tends to support that decision.
 

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I find it interesting that they claim 6"permanent wound cavity isn't good penetration.

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Thanks for posting this, Macktee. I also use 2 3/4" reduced recoil #1 buck in my HD. This and several other ballistic results indicate it to be the best choice. With 16 pellets vs. 9 in .00 buck and even better ballistics for close range defense and a fraction of the recoil, I don't understand anyone using #00 buck and/or 3" magnums in the home. But that's just me.
 

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Bulldawg182 said:
Thanks for posting this, Macktee. I also use 2 3/4" reduced recoil #1 buck in my HD. This and several other ballistic results indicate it to be the best choice. With 16 pellets vs. 9 in .00 buck and even better ballistics for close range defense and a fraction of the recoil, I don't understand anyone using #00 buck and/or 3" magnums in the home. But that's just me.
Well my reasoning for using the 3" magnum round over the 2 3/4" is that I get more rounds at the same caliber using the 3" than I do with the 2 3/4". Also, considering that in a typical home invasion scenario where you are using your shotgun inside your home, the distances you will be shooting over are not going to result in any significant spread of your shot. That means I get more .30 caliber rounds hitting my target using the 3" shotshell versus the 2 3/4" shotshell. As to recoil, I have never had a problem with controlling my 12 gauge shooting the magnum round.
 
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