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I was at Dicks Sporting goods today picking up some shells to sight in my Mossy 930 turkey ed. I am planning on just getting a couple of shells of 00 buck shot to keep in it for HD when not hunting (I doubt this gun will actually kill more than 3 turkeys, I just wanted it for skeet/trap but dad paid half and he likes to turkey hunt) I saw a box of Remington "Ultimate Home Defense" shells. Does anyone else use these or tried them out. I just got the buck shot because those Remington shells were crazy expensive.
 

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#4 buck, BB, #2 etc .. any very heavy shot or light buck will ruin a BG's day at close range.

My Winchester currently has 5 rounds of Mag. #2 in a side saddle ready to go, but I think I will be changing that to buck in the near future.
 

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Your mossy 930 Turkey gun most likely has a tight turkey choke tube. In order to shoot buckshot you will want to change out the choke tube, I'd go with a modified choke. That way it will shoot buckshot/ slugs/ and any other load you want to throw down the tube.

00Buck will not pass through the tight turkey tube without damaging the tube and barrel. At least that is what i was told when i bought my new mossy 535 tactical turkey .
 

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I saw a box of Remington "Ultimate Home Defense" shells. Does anyone else use these or tried them out. I just got the buck shot because those Remington shells were crazy expensive.
Those shells are expensive, and I think they're just a gimmick.

My HD gun is loaded with #4 buck, but I'll be keeping a couple rounds of 00 buck in the sidesaddle once I install one.
 

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Your mossy 930 Turkey gun most likely has a tight turkey choke tube. In order to shoot buckshot you will want to change out the choke tube, I'd go with a modified choke. That way it will shoot buckshot/ slugs/ and any other load you want to throw down the tube.

00Buck will not pass through the tight turkey tube without damaging the tube and barrel. At least that is what i was told when i bought my new mossy 535 tactical turkey .
Yeah, that thought ran across my mind. I just bought some cheap chokes I found at Academy Sports. Imp. Cly and Mod. So Ill keep one of those in it most of the time for the buckshot and skeet/trap use.

I live in a small 3 br home for right now, but I imagine I will be going back to an apt. when my roomie moves out.
 

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Depends on how close your going to be shooting in most instances really. #4 or 00 Buck are probably going to be your best bet. Don't pay out the buttocks (lol) for home defense shells.
 

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#1 Buck is considered (by some--scroll waaaay down to the bottom for info on SG loads) to be the best choice. However, it is not always easy to find.

00 is easier to find, and is a proven fight ender.

(to the OP)--If your turkey shotty has an uber-tight turkey tube, invest in an IC tube; get a few different buck loads (a little more important since you're running a semi-auto; I like to run reduced recoil 00 in my shotguns, but they're pumps, so I don't need to worry about them cycling the action) and see how they pattern/cycle, etc.
 

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#1 Buck is considered (by some--scroll waaaay down to the bottom for info on SG loads) to be the best choice. However, it is not always easy to find.

00 is easier to find, and is a proven fight ender.

(to the OP)--If your turkey shotty has an uber-tight turkey tube, invest in an IC tube; get a few different buck loads (a little more important since you're running a semi-auto; I like to run reduced recoil 00 in my shotguns, but they're pumps, so I don't need to worry about them cycling the action) and see how they pattern/cycle, etc.
I bought 2 boxes of standard 00 buck. I used an Imp. Cyl. choke to test them out. Pretty tight group from about 20 yds. The target was hanging from the branches of some small pine trees, about 2 in thick and about 14ft tall maybe. Well, when i shot the first round (of 3) one fell over behind the target, then more fell with the next two shots as well. So I am afraid that it might be a little too stout for HD, don't want to shoot the roommate or something. So I might end up with something a little smaller.

With my current plan of HD I would be kneeling on the floor with the gun pointed at my bedroom door. It would be about 15 feet from muzzle to door, so I would imagine that if someone were to get hit with the 00 load I have now, they would be missing quite a bit of themselves.
 

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I keep 3" magnum 00buck in mossy 500. Get it at walmart, like 12.xx for 15$ and man is it a nasty round! I almost feel bad bad for the sucker on the other end, almost...
 

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I keep mine loaded with Hornady TAP 00 Buck...

The shot pattern on that round is nice and tight when compared to others. Here's a test I did with my Rem smooth bore 870 last summer. All shots at 15'.

This is Federal copper plated 00 buck...2 3/4" (1 shot shown):


This Winchester "buffered" 2 3/4" military 00 buck (two shots shown):


And the Tap (three shots shown):


That's a HUGE difference between the three at that short of a distance...imagine some 30+ yds distance, the difference would be feet, not inches.

It's ran me $14 for 10 rounds. I don't "plink" with this ammo, I trust me life and safety with it. When it comes to me defense shotgun I don't mess around.

I need to do another test this summer with my FN TPS...it's actually internally choked for buckshot, I wonder how the outcome will be.

Lastly...I have never read anyhting from any expert stating using any damaging shot for home defense is a good thing. BB shot for a defensive weapon is a joke...as is birdshot...when you have a home intruder, you shoot to kill and in as few shots as possible...not "damage" them with a bunch of pellets.
 

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I'm going to be pattern testing some of that Hornady TAP 00 buck myself soon. If it works out it'll be my home ammo.
I found it to be consistently tighter than any other 00 buck I've found...again, running me some $14 for the two boxes it takes to get the 7 rounds needed to fill my shotgun, I'm not complaining.
 

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I just got my shotgun. have not even fired it yet but it sits loaded with Remington Express #00 buck. It may or not make a small fist sized group but it for damn sure will still do the job and thats what matters to me.
 
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