There have been numerous disputes at about whether or not birdshot is good enough for home defense around here, but a recent shooting in England (where people love to talk about gun-free paradise and no violence) illustrates why it might be a good idea to go with something heavier in the ol' scattergun. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...life-of-man-shot-with-a-shotgun-10269799.html A man pursued some young punks who had shut off the water to his block of flats, at which point one of them shot him with a double-barrel shotgun. His cellphone, though, saved his life. As you will see in the picture, much of the shot didn't even penetrate the plastic. So, if you have any further doubts about the need for heavier shot, this might make you think twice before loading birdshot into your HD shotgun.