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    I use #7 myself and have Mossberg 500, 590, and the Shockwave - soon (well six months to year n proper paperwork n tax money) to be made into SBS.
    SxS hammerless will do the job very well n so will a pump. There is a lot of pros and detriments for each. Here is a vid on the two by Paul Harrell. This guy is one of the better you tubers out there in being non bias as he csn in his testing and comparison with giving just the results he finds. If you look through his vids you will find some of his shotgun shell testing and comparison.

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    I read that the police use #4 shot as best all-round for stopping power/safety.

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    Perfect use of a SxS for HD
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    To me this is a no brainer and would choose the pump just because of capacity. My Mossberg 500 holds 8 rounds plus i have a stock and side saddle holder that holds extra ammo if needed. Sure beats 2 rounds and maybe some extras in a night stand or pocket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fitasc Shooter View Post
    00 Buck WILL penetrate a lot of walls, as in several.

    As to the spring issue on the double gun, how are you going to leave the hammers? Down on loaded chambers so an accidental bump sets them off when the gun falls? BTW, sorings weaken from "work", i.e., compression and decompression, not just sitting there. Many a WWII 1911 magazine has functioned fine after sitting loaded fore 60 years.
    Hmm...for me 60 years doesn't seem like a very long time. I graduated from High School 65 years ago and I have some boat shoes that the are 60 years old and in great shape.
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    Where a double might be handy is for someone with little strength to work the action; otherwise capacity should win the day.
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    Theres also short stroking if someone hardly shoots the pump action shotgun. Adrenalin kicks in, worries / nerves, and time for quick thinking during confusion on what to do? Someone who just buys a shotgun and leaves it by his night stand might fall into this.

    Same for the double barrel. No training or practice on loading n unloading very easily would equate to dropping shells everywhere. Practice is everything. Though double does have the pro of getting two shots of in quick succession. For show I like the hammers, for self defense I would opt for hammerless.
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    So, then go for the semi! No short stroking, more than 2 shots, gas action helps mitigate recoil from powerful HD rounds, the list goes on and on.
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