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As an experiment to investigate pellet spread, I bought a small box of 9mm shotshell ammo (1/8 oz, #12 shot) for my Sig-Sauer P6 (3 3/4 inch barrel). My target was a piece of insulating foam board. Results were a spread of about 1 foot at a distance of 10 feet. The spread seems large to me. Unless I scored a face hit, this seems to me to likely be more of an irritant to the midnight intruder than a deterrent. So, questions for the more knowledgeable: Is the spread due to rotation induced by the rifling, or are there other factors involved? Is using shot in a rifled barrel an exercise in futility? Thanks
 
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I'd assume that's due to the rifling. That's what I've read about with shotguns. And a rifled barrel is a rifled barrel I would think.
 
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Been tried many, many times in the past with pretty much the same results. Shot thru a rifled bore is a very short range proposition at best. The other factor to consider for defensive use is the lack of penetration. #12 shot is very small, velocity out of a handgun is low. Put the two together and the shot is going to have trouble penetrating a heavy piece of clothing. So yeah, its an irritant to anything larger than a small rodent at close range.
 
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There are some good training programs in Idaho involving the use of firearms for defense. I would suggest attending one.
Every trainer I know would advise not to use a firearm with the intention of only wounding someone as a deterrent.

As to the results of your experiment the results are exactly what I would expect.
 
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Henry has just recently started to sell a 22 lever gun with a smooth bore for snake shot to improve the pattern.... they're calling it the "garden gun".
 

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I'm presuming that you bought the CCI stuff which was never marketed as anything other than to be used on mice, rats and other small critters like snakes. It was NEVER intended as a self defense cartridge. If you feel threatened, either for your life or for another person's life, you should ONLY draw and shoot your Firearm until the threat no longer exists.
 
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As an experiment to investigate pellet spread, I bought a small box of 9mm shotshell ammo (1/8 oz, #12 shot) for my Sig-Sauer P6 (3 3/4 inch barrel). My target was a piece of insulating foam board. Results were a spread of about 1 foot at a distance of 10 feet. The spread seems large to me. Unless I scored a face hit, this seems to me to likely be more of an irritant to the midnight intruder than a deterrent. So, questions for the more knowledgeable: Is the spread due to rotation induced by the rifling, or are there other factors involved? Is using shot in a rifled barrel an exercise in futility? Thanks
A face hit? Snakes don't really have faces.
 

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