The discussion of defensive shotgun loads on another thread has me thinking. HOW DO YOU LOAD YOUR DEFENSIVE SHOTGUNS AND WHY?
I have three over-all purposes for my defensive shotguns and I load them differently depending on those purposes.
1. Around the house: My house shotguns have to serve two potential purposes, first intended purpose is as an anti-personnel device, in which case my first two shots will be 3" 00 buck shot, followed by as many slugs as the tube will hold. I figure that any bad guy will either be dead or hiding behind cover after two shots, so the slugs are there to penetrate walls, sofas, doors, or at longer range, etc. as buck shot is a miserable penetrator and a short range only tool. Second, my house shotguns may be needed to shoot bears as we get them in the yard often, so that is the other reason my house shotguns are loaded with foster style slugs exclusively after the first couple 00 buck shot loads. For humans almost any accurate foster style slug will do, but for bears I have a strong preference for the 3" 600gr. Brenneke.
2. Woods carry for bear defense: I carry them loaded entirely with 3" 600gr. Brenneke slugs. I seldom carry a shotgun for woods use as I prefer a good slim, light weight lever gun for that and see the 45-70 (with proper loads) or the 50 AK as a more efficient choice, plus I simply like the way a lever gun carries and handles over a shot gun.
3. A car gun: Both of my trucks have shotguns in them that never leave the truck. For this purpose I load them with only slugs as I figure I may have to shoot through other car doors or shoot at longer range, or shoot a bear at a trail head/camp site, etc. At close range a foster style slug will kill humans as well as 00 buck and at longer range or behind cover, the slug really excells over 00 buck shot.
Things to consider--standard 2 3/4 inch 00 buck shot contains 9 pellets. Magnum 2 3/4 inch Buck shot contains 12 pellets and 3" mag. buck shot contains 15 pellets. If I am using a gun with 3" chambers, I use only 3" buck shot loads, if I am using buck shot. If I am using a shotgun with 2 3/4 chambers, I carry only the 2 3/4 mag. loads with 12 pellets. I dont use any standard 9 pellet 2 3/4 buck shot ammo. OO buck penetrates much better than smaller buck shot, but it still under penetrates badly, especially if you have to shoot through cover.
OK, how do you load your defensive shotguns and why? Thanks in advance.