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Home Defense Ammo for 20gauge?

Discussion in 'Mossberg 590 Shockwave' started by PeglegJones, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. PeglegJones

    PeglegJones .22LR

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    2000 sqft house, one story, longest unobstructed room 30ft, only 2 adults present, one is semi-invalid.

    20 gauge Shockwave w/laser. Have done some pattern tests with 3" #4 shot and not impressed.
    Tending towards slugs Fed.Premium 2 3/4" Vital Shok.

    Comments?

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  2. Scoop

    Scoop .308

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  3. Rico

    Rico 20g Supporter

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    I wouldn't use slugs in the house. There are lots of conversations on 12ga home defense loads, perhaps you could start with similar loads for your 20. I would stay with 2 3/4" thinking it is less recoil, and I think you would be able to load more rounds.
    I'm shooting 2 3/4" 00 Buck, with Flight Control, for in house and outside, but that's in a 12ga.
    I tried Scoops link but it did not work.
  4. Elbert Garrett

    Elbert Garrett .223

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    #4 shot or #4 buck?

    When I tested #3 Buck and fired them out of a 18.5" barrel I was getting about a 5" spread at 14 ft and at 21 ft the spead was about 8". Spartan makes a #1 buck that patterned well for me and Wolf Hill makes a 00 and buck and ball, it`s a bit pricey and I have not tried it. Winchester and Federal both make a #3 and 4 buckshot that seem to be readlily available at most sporting goods stores. Federal seems to provide a tighter pattern.....

    http://wolfhillammo.com/20-gauge-specialty.aspx

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  5. Scoop

    Scoop .308

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  6. Ghmann

    Ghmann .223

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    It's a shame they don't make Federal Flite Control in 20 ga. #1 or #4 buck seems like the way to go then. A slug is a bit much for indoor shooting, penetration and recoil would be heavier than buck shot.
  7. Elbert Garrett

    Elbert Garrett .223

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    Just for grins....a 3/4oz Winchester slug recovered after impacting an 8.3 block of ice from 21ft.

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  8. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

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    Elbert, you would really benefit from reloading.
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  9. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    I agree with John 100%. You need to charge up some buck & ball loads buddy. Pick up a cheap Lee load-all and start experimenting.

    Next summer I would like to do some testing with wax loads. Instead of Wax, well you'll see....;)
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    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    By the way I finally bought some of that red powder paint from Harbor Freight. I'm going to do up some lipstick loads... LOL.
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  11. nitesite

    nitesite Ammo Nerd Forum Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    You have a laser on the gun so why not rock some soft lead Foster slug ammo? They aren't tank rounds.
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    nitesite Ammo Nerd Forum Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Or practice with some very inexpensive wax slugs in your laser pointed 20-ga Shockwave for fun and giggles. :)
  13. PeglegJones

    PeglegJones .22LR

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    Not familiar with wax slugs???????

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  14. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    Basically you open up the end of a shotshell and pour hot wax over the shot. This makes it into sort of a slug.

    You can see demonstrations of this on YouTube.
  15. oli700

    oli700 12g Supporter "Philanthropist"

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