For Oxidized William and all the shotgunners out there, especially those who keep said weapon for home defense, here is an interesting look at how birdshot performs. Not exactly a conclusive test, but I like how he set up the target– denim, tissue, bone and meat. (Being an apartment dweller, I load with #6 shot and am now more confident about its performance.)
It only counts of course, if you’re using the shotgun as a serious defensive weapon, and not shooting it off your balcony into the air. And by the way, when one goes out on one’s balcony to frighten off burglars, does one have one’s domestic staff both open the french doors and hand one the loaded gun? What if only one servant is on duty? How does one cope??