So I'm browsing the ammo shelves at Cabela's this afternoon in a fruitless search for affordable .44 Specials, and instead came across a couple of new 12-gauge shotgun loadings I hadn't seen before. Intended for home defense, one was by Hevi-Shot (the waterfowl guys) in five-round packs labled "Personal Protection." They were 2 3/4" low-brass loads containing "T" shot, which I'm not familiar with. (Used in goose loads? How big, precisely, is T shot?)
There was also two similar rounds offered by Remington, also for HD, one of which contained BB shot, and the other marked "2X4" for the shot size. I'm guessing that meant the rounds contained both #2 and #4 shot. Price was quite high: $11 for five rounds of the Hevi-Shot, and $25 for ten rounds of the Remington loads. (By comparison, Cabela's was offering twenty-five rounds of Estate 00 Buck for $18, a box of which went home with me.)
I live in an apartment. Overpenetration is a worry for me; that's why the first round in my HD shotgun is #6 birdshot (followed by four of 00 buck, all of which I fervently hope I never need). Would Hevi-Shot Ts or Remington BBs be any less overpenetrative than buckshot while giving acceptable stopping power, should the worst occur...or should I stick to what I've got now?
Cabela's was also offering "military-grade" 00 buckshot: what looked like standard Winchester buckshot rounds with an OD green case instead of the normal red, in a plain cardboard box, priced at two dollars a box more than the standard civilian version. Are color and price the only real difference? Not that it's likely to matter at the ranges I'd likely be using my shotgun, say, from behind the bed to the home invader coming through the bedroom door...