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Even #6 shot is deadly at the distances you are likely to have for shots inside a home. At 30 t0 40 feet the pattern from most chokes is going to be in the neighborhood of 15 inches max. Most people won't have 30 to 40 foot shots inside their homes...probably more like 20 feet max. How big are the rooms in your house? At 20 feet catching an intruder with a full load of #6s will stop him dead in his tracks un less he is wearing body armor and even then he will be mighty slow getting up. You on the other hand will probably picking you gun up off the floor where you dropped it because you were not expecting the blast that shooting a shotgun inside a house generates. I recommend that anyone who is planning home protection with a firearm find a place with a home sized room to test fire their weapon so that they are prepared for the blast.
 

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Definitely don't need 00 buck if you are only shooting down a hallway or inside a room...7.5 shot and an open cylinder choke will sweep anything bad at that short range...
I would not bet my life on shot that small. Penetration is what stops BG's, and 7-1/2 has little penetrating power. I've shot rabbits at 15ft with 7-1/2's and no pellets went in more than an inch in muscle tissue.
 

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Definitely don't need 00 buck if you are only shooting down a hallway or inside a room...7.5 shot and an open cylinder choke will sweep anything bad at that short range...
If you know where you will shoot, just lock that door and get back to sleep. However if you dont know, who, where or what the be PREPARED. Load some power.
 

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However, 00 buck is more likely to overpenetrate and pass through walls into an adjacent room...like where a child could be sleeping. Trust me, 7.5 shot at 15 feet is really gonna deliver an attitude adjustment to a perp!
 

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You're right about distances in most houses, but I've measured mine and my longest possible indoor shot is 15 yards and this isn't a huge house by any means, just an average size 3 bedroom, 2 bath.

I arm myself accordingly.
Well at 15 yards, you are likely to get at least 4 or 5 of the 9 00 buckshot to hit the perp. That is equivalent to 5 or 5 shots from a 30/30. If he is not dead when he hits the floor, he will be shortly.
 

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Well at 15 yards, you are likely to get at least 4 or 5 of the 9 00 buckshot to hit the perp. That is equivalent to 5 or 5 shots from a 30/30. If he is not dead when he hits the floor, he will be shortly.
Probably more like 9 of them will hit a perp.

 

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First ask yourselves WHAT'S the intended purpose of Home defense , protecting yourself ,loved ones or possessions ?.
How much damage do you intend on inflicting too your home or the assailant , what about an errant shot !.

In My opinion a single hollow point projectile accomplishes the task of self ,family , possessions defense or protection .
The vast majority of homes are wood studs drywall interiors ,exteriors vary but doubtful much more difficult to penetrate .
I am a Certified Master NRA instructor ; PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE is the Key . NO different then breaking clays .
As in any discipline the real key is proficiency isn't it . How many of you own a handgun but DON'T Practice shooting it (n)

I'm NOT LEO but have seen more than My fair share of assaults bloodshed and deaths in VN . Pray and spray isn't as effective as some people may believe , a single shot mass critical is still the most effective way to stop a threat .

An just for arguments sake , a short shell #4 #6 20 ,12 ,28 ,.410 gauge racked is a SERIOUS intruder deterrent .
The sound of a shotgun round being chambered in the dead of night ,to a person unfamiliar with their surroundings has Got to be devastating IF their in their right mind !?. A single flash or two hitting center mass with NO prior sounds removes ALL doubt !. (y)
 
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