The shotgun is a Mossberg Maverick, 12 Gauge, with a I tried a variety of different shotgun loads. This load penetrated 7 boards, 3 pellets went through the 8th board, and one pellet was stuck in the 9th board. This is the entrance of the slug into the 12th board, along with the expanded slug. Frankly, I was surprised that the shotgun did not penetrate more than it did.
The home-defense load for shotguns has traditionally been 00 buckshot. In a gauge shotgun, this is generally a load of nine. Of course, some magnum shotshells increase both the number of pellets and the velocity. The downside of this increased performance is an increase in recoil and recovery time.
The Box O’ Truth #3 – The Shotgun Meets the Box O’ Truth
When you care enough, you send the very best. For all practical purposes this is the 12 gauge shotgun. The recoil produced from 12 gauge shotguns firing buckshot is moderate-to-heavy depending on the experience and physical fitness level of the shooter. The heavy recoil of the 12 gauge shotgun works against you in terms of delivering quick follow-up shots.
Combat is characterized by rapidly unfolding events taking place unexpectedly and often during periods of low visibility. If you are the intended victim, you will not have the element of surprise nor the initiative in the opening moments of the conflict — two elements critical to the survival of such an event. The suddenness of the event will degrade any shooters accuracy and the hit probability of a single projectile weapon will be correspondingly low.