The Shotgun – The Most Versatile of All Prepper Guns – Epi-3114 — 9 Comments

  1. I cast .690 round ball this fires in a 12 gauge shot cup 1 1/8 ounce. I also cast 000 buckshot it stacks two per layer without a shot cup. In a 410 shot cup 000 buck stacks single. I cast 00 buckshot they stack three to a layer without shot cup or two per layer in shot cup. #4 buck stacks 7 per layer. Slugs come in different weights Lee sells both 7/8 and 1 ounce slug molds. The .690 round ball has more potential for big game. I have two favorite gauges 12 gauge long gun and 410 handgun.

  2. I’ve always felt that the 410 & 20g make a better home defense than a 12 and just dont get talked about enough. 20g with 00 is what’s sitting by my chair here. But, to each their own…

  3. 20 gauge interior dimension 0.615 inches #00 buckshot is 0.33 inches. The only sizes I found for 20 gauge were #1, #2, #3, and #4 buckshot. Certainly adequate for home defense.

  4. My 410 for personal defense has 4×000 buckshot (11/16 ounce) per shell in a 2 1/2″ shell Judge revolver. Fits but not in the loading books.
    4×000 is 0.64 ounces
    11/16 is 0.6875

  5. Jack apparently hasn’t shot pheasants without a dog in the Midwest -#4 is the minimum only because they are 30+ yard shots

    • Chris, Ringnecks are the same in PA as NE or SD. 30 yards is generally an average shot. I’ve knocked down plenty with 6-7.5 shot. 4s where required if using a 410 and I never had the guts to do it but my great uncle was murder on em with a 410, I think he did it to show off.

      Longer shots on deer in the Midwest is a thing, on pheasants not so much.