That assumes you are granted the luxury of firing two or three shots...and that you will hit with all of them.#4 buck or birdshot. I don't care what anyone says, 2 or 3 shots of birdshot will get the job done just the same as buck
I ran some of that through my new 870 tactical. Very pleasant shooting for 00 buck. I was surprised that after shooting a couple boxes my shoulder and back were not telling me I just fired 15 rounds of 00. Less recoil in a composite stock than if fired through my regular 870....I like the nickel-plated #4 buck from Fiocchi.
That's a big negatory. Even birdshot will penetrate walls just as easily as any other type of bullet will.Birdshot to the face will stop anyone and in the short size of a room it does not spread out like people like to think it does...
Plus it won't over pen' into other rooms and hurt family members...
Just to add:That's a big negatory. Even birdshot will penetrate walls just as easily as any other type of bullet will.
Not being confrontational with you, but buy some 2x4's and sheetrock and try it sometime.
In the distance you'd be shooting within a room, even the wadding will penetrate and leave a gaping hole through 3/4" sheetrock.
This was shot about 20 yards away, multiply the effectiveness of being 15 to 20 feet.
Safety rule #3 Know your target and WHAT IS BEYOND IT
Another good page with gel results:Birdshot as a Defense Load
I have had a lot of questions, summed up as follows: How effective is birdshot (#4, #6, #8, etc.) as a defense load?
We have done tests with various birdshot loads. Birdshot penetrated through two pieces of drywall (representing one wall) and was stopped in the paper on the front of the second wall. The problem with birdshot is that it does not penetrate enough to be effective as a defense round. Birdshot is designed to bring down little birds.
A policeman told of seeing a guy shot at close range with a load of 12 gauge birdshot, and was not even knocked down. He was still walking around when the EMTs got there. It was an ugly, shallow wound, but did not STOP the guy. And that is what we want... to STOP the bad guy from whatever he is doing. To do this, you must have a load that will reach the vitals of the bad guy. Birdshot will not do this.
In fact, tests have shown that even #4 Buckshot lacks the necessary penetration to reach the vital organs. Only 0 Buck, 00 Buck, and 000 Buck penetrate enough to reach the vital organs.
Unless you expect to be attacked by little birds, do not use birdshot. Use 00 Buck. It will do the job.