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RE:Suggestions For Buckshot For Home Defense Using A 20 Gauge.

UwharriemanUwharrieman New MemberPosts: 25 New Member
 Presently I don't have a 12 gauge shotgun, only a 20 gauge semi-auto, modified choke takes 3" shells. What size buckshot would you recommend for home defense in the 20 gauge?



  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 26,097 Senior Member
    How long is the barrel and what is your max distance?
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,850 Senior Member
    I'd get whatever shells are on sale.

    Almost thirty years ago I lived in a small apartment in the seedy part of Denver CO. I went to a pawn shop and bought a 20ga bolt action shotgun with a two round box magazine for what amounted to cigarette money. Then I went across the street and picked a box of #4s at the sporting goods. Kept it by the bed at night. The long barrel almost reached across the little roach room. Never had to use it, but I never lost a minute of sleep in doubt.
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,809 Senior Member
    #3 or #4 buckshot should do the trick.

    I would recommend you try a few options for patterning, because some of it is less than impressive.  The sexy pattern-tightening tech like Federal's Flight Control wads does not seem to have really made it down to the 20 gauge level yet.  If it's spreading more than an inch per yard, I'd keep shopping.

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,675 Senior Member
    I've always used #3 Buck in 20 gauge HD guns....
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,677 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:
    I've always used #3 Buck in 20 gauge HD guns....
    That's what's in mine, #3 in a 2-3/4" shell.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • UwharriemanUwharrieman New Member Posts: 25 New Member
     The barrel is 28" and the longest distance (from bedroom down hall to living room)
     is 45'.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,675 Senior Member
    I wouldn't spend a minute worrying about not having a 12 gauge...a 20 is more than adequate for HD use (it's .62 caliber after all)...I have killed a bunch of deer with 20 gauge Foster slugs out of an old Ithaca Deerslayer...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
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