Get your answers by asking now. You can sign in to vote the answer. I used to 6x6x16” Clear Ballistics gel blocks, one set up at 10 feet, and the other set up at 15 feet. This article originally appeared in the March 2019 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine. Get the latest news and reviews from Gundigest.com. I would think it’s clear that an assailant at any of the ranges noted (and somewhat beyond) has had a very bad day if shot with birdshot of any size. He had a chicken thief. Though the pattern of the shot had acquired some spread, often some of the shot would find its way to the victim’s vitals … and it was lights out. The walls were framed in 2×4 pine lumber with studs in the middle, spaced 16 inches on center, and rolled fiberglass insulation between the studs. 00 buck might be the way to go — but remember how it exited from the second wall. Dick Cheney was about 30 yards away from Harry Whittington (78 at the time) when Cheney shot him and Whittington is still alive and kicking with 30 pellets still in his body. His books are available in print and eBook format on Amazon. 7½ shot emerged from the rear of the second wall, with the exception of one pellet. All of the testing was done with a modified choke. This week’s Mad Gun Science experiment has to do with the idea of using birdshot for home defense. The wad penetrated about 1 ¼ inches – about the same as the 10 foot gelatin block. The Warden is a tactical-home defense model and the latest of this line. I prefer not to be shot with any of these. Too much assuming, too little proving. Obviously within self defense distance. Humans? How do you think about the answers? It’s an inexact science to measure precisely since the range of penetration of individual pellets was between three and seven inches. Out to 5 yds it would disable and then probably kill someone. 00 buckshot from 15 feet. For this “solid mass of pellets” theory to hold up, you really need to be inside a range of 15 feet, preferably 10. Clash of the Apex Predators: 10 Encounters Between Bears and Wolves, The 5 Most Ridiculous Things You Can Put on Your Picatinny Rail, Video: Shawn Michaels Tackles the Wolf Question, The Best Public Lands for Southern Turkey Hunting, The BAREBOW! The data shows that after the second wall of standard construction, you may be OK when shooting fine shot — but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it. Not being satisfied with success, I broke out some of the ½” plywood sheets and put two of them out, one behind the other and tried the “common” #7 ½ shot. 21)? Birdshot at 20 to 30 feet self defense range is going to leave a softball sized hole in you deep enough to incapacitate even a person on drugs. The #4 shot did penetrate the plywood, sort of. So shooting at boards showed that there is a benefit to the “closely packed mass of pellets” theory. The #7 ½ and #8 shot did not penetrate the ⅞” plywood sheet. Look at the pattern sizes of the accompanying images: In home defense situations in close quarters with adrenaline running full blast, missing is very easy to do. Lethal for what? The specter that always arises is the issue of using large buckshot for home defense purposes, or instead using something that’s seemingly tamer, such as in shotshells loaded with No. When it comes down to it, against humans birdshot has the potential to be lethal in an accident, but cannot be guaranteed to be lethal when you need it …

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