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I bought my first semi-auto shotgun recently, a Stoeger 3000. It's an intertia system. Defnitely did not cycle my 00 Buck that was 1250 FPS (Fiocchi 00 Defense). Like a true gun owner, I THEN read the manual. Says it needs min of 1 oz of shot and 3 drams of powder to run reliably. Anyone have recommendations on exactly what brand & type of 00 Buck would run in this? Not finding luck trying to look up ammo specs online and most stores are totally empty so I can't physically look at the boxes. thanks!
 

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Does it take 3" shells or do you want 2 3/4"?

This is what I use:

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Check the Federal Law Enforcement Tactical 00 w/Flight Control and see if that has enough. Comes in 8 and 9 pellet as well as low recoil...but you don't want that obviously.
 

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Only factory buckshot that I have on hand.

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Edit to add:
I bought 20 boxes of these Remington )) buck several years ago for $10 each, and gave four boxes to a brother in LaGrande. Just looked now and they are out of stock everywhere, but the price - where shown - are about $25 a box!
 
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The 12 gage is very versatile.
Depends on what type of barrel you have.
Obviously a Rifle barrel is made for Savo slugs or rifled rounds.
But if you have a barrel that is not rifled.
You should be able to shoot any rounds out there.
But if you're barrel has a Choke system on it.
Then you should not use buckshot or slug's in a full choke.
And you should check the volocty of the rounds to shoot though a full choke.
But then we come back again to home defense distance .
A duck hunting gun or a defense short Barrel shotgun. Within 10 yard's.
Going to have basically the same results.
A DEAD BAD GUY.
Obviously the short Barrel shotgun is going to be easy to use in confined place.
 

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While many support the use of #4 Buck, where over-penetration is a concern one could go to #4 shot in a high base "express" duck and pheasant load. They are plenty nasty at close range.
 
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Also, I don't recommend 3" magnum shells unless you are somewhere like I am; 100 yards between the house and the property line, dealing with the possibility of bears and cougars. The recoil difference is substantial. Especially true with shotguns like my Shockwaves.
 

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I load my 18” SLP with Federal LE127 9 pellet buckshot. Not sure if your semi-auto shotgun is picky or not. I use full power buckshot that has a minimum velocity of 1325fps or more. I have some Winchester segmenting slugs as well and also have some Federal XM127 shells that work fine too.

For practice I use Rio Royal full power 9 pellet buckshot shells since Federal LE rounds are more expensive to practice with.
 
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