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How to Choose the Right Buckshot Load for Home Defense

Defensive shotgun ammunition goes light years beyond “double-aught buck.” Here's a rundown of how to choose the right buckshot load for your purposes.

Choosing Buckshot Loads for Home Defense

Home-defense shotguns have a wide variety of ammo to choose from, and buckshot loads are some of the most popular. Which buckshot load is right for you?

Home-Defense Buckshot: Which Size is Best?

Home-defense shotguns have a wide variety of ammo to choose from, and buckshot loads are some of the most popular. Which buckshot load is right for you?

SAAMI Accepts Two New Cartridges

In fall 2019, SAAMI standardized two new cartridge designs, one centerfire-rifle round and one shortened 12-gauge shotshell.

Little Big Stuff: Aguila MiniShells

Aguila manufactures a variety of buckshot, duplex and slug MiniShells that offer increased capacity and reduced recoil for greater control and comfort.

Seen at SHOT Show 2019: Federal Premium Shorty Shotshells

Federal Premium joined the shot-shotshell market in 2019, bringing new weight to this growing market of low-recoil ammo.

Buckshot vs. Birdshot for Home Defense

What are the benefits of using birdshot vs buckshot for home defense? We tested the two in a head-to-head battle.

The Great Equalizer: Shotguns & 00 Buckshot

Rifles and handguns certainly have their place in certain scenarios, but there's one platform that Sheriff Jim prefers in a close-range encounter: a 12-gauge shotgun loaded with buckshot.

5 Essential Drills for Your Home-Defense Shotgun

Shotguns can be incredibly effective home-defense tools, provided you know how to use them. Here are five essential drills that'll get you acquainted with your shotgun.

The Mighty 20 Gauge

Don't discount the 20-gauge shotgun for home defense.

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