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Loading from a tube that is “one down” is the…

Loading from a tube that is “one down” is the simplest method and works with all shotguns that use a tubular mag.

Short of the need to penetrate body armor, the shotgun will do most anything a rifle will do at typical police distances. At 50 yards and in, you find the sweet spot of the modern shotgun. At this distance, it is all about ammunition selection. When is the best choice buckshot, and when is it necessary to load up a slug?

Buckshot
One of the reasons for this dogma about “slugging up,” is the patterning of some of the older loadings of buckshot. With today’s tactical buckshot, a 5-inch spread at 20 yards is not uncommon. Whether you are across the room, or at typical felony stop ranges, buckshot will typically work incredibly well and actually offers some advantages over a slug.

Slugs can be incredibly penetrative. Even though they may not penetrate body armor, they have been known to pass clean through a car. Buckshot is not nearly as penetrative after it goes through the threat. It has no less “stopping” power at close range and much less down range after the threat. Taken with the newfound accuracy and tight patterns, it is simply one of the best tools you can have on entry, or as a patrol officer.

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