As the name implies, buckshot is for bucks, or deer, if you prefer. Birdshot is for birds. Thieves get 45 caliber hollow points. That said, at 25 yds, out of a 2-3/4″ 12 ga shotgun, #4 buckshot will kill deer.
Is buckshot number 4 good?
Yes, #4 buckshot is considered a good load for home defense. As with anything else related to home defense, a number of considerations factor into this answer, but by any rational calculation, any typical #4 buckshot load will be effective at stopping an attacker at home defense distances.
What is the difference between #4 shot and #4 buckshot?
As the names suggest, #4 Buck is intended to bring down a large deer, and so is often used as an effective home defense round, especially at close range. #4 Shot, on the other hand, is much smaller at about 6.09 mm (0.240″) in diameter and is primarily used for hunting ducks and turkey.
Why is buckshot so expensive?
Buckshot is swaged into round balls out of pre-formed lead wire chunks, and there is waste left from every buckshot swaged that has to be saved, recycled, and turned into drop shot or wire again. Buckshot costs more because it costs more to swage it then to melt lead and drop it into cold water.
How far can you shoot a deer with buckshot?
Depending on the exact shotgun and buckshot load being used, you’re probably looking at a maximum range of around 30 yards.
Are slug rounds legal?
The shotgun/slug combination provides a legal, if shorter range alternative. There are at least 20 states that have restrictions of this kind. Non-explosive slugs are also used for crowd control. When deployed properly, they can act as a non-lethal deterrent in these situations.
Is #2 shot good for home defense?
#2 steel shot is a good overall choice for large birds, medium-sized mammals and home defense. The less dense and environmentally safer steel is quite popular, with the only downside being the loss of penetration with steel due to lead being heavier.
What shot size for home defense?
Most experts agree that reduced-power 00 buck shells in 12 gauge are the best overall choice for home defense. Slugs – These are essentially oversized bullets designed to be fired from a shotgun. They offer the advantage of tremendous stopping power.