Sunday, October 31, 2010
Another misconception, and usually the fall back for the shotty's defender after pointing out that buckshot is less than ideal for the walking dead, is that you can always load it up with slugs and go for the good ol' headshot. Here's the thing. My beloved Mossberg 930, an easy shooting gas operated semi, with a relatively large capacity, maxes out with 11 rounds total (assuming you know how to float one on the lifter.) Plus, even a "low recoiling" gas operated shotty ported to hell and back like mine, still bucks like a pissed off stallion with a standard 1oz. slug load, not to mention that even with rifled slugs the accuracy is less than fantastic, especially since the bulk of shotguns in the world have very simple sighting systems.
Now, does all this mean the ol' shotty should be left out of the zombie bag all together? No. For one thing, if the outbreak lasts for any extended amount of time, 12 gauge shotgun rounds are probably the second easiest ammunition type to scrounge for right after the .22lr. Just avoid the birdshot unless you're stuck in a Hitchcock film. Another thing to bear in mind is that the shotgun is a devistating weapon against the regular people. If the outbreak lasts long enough to shut down a significant area with multiple groups of survivors, those other groups may be far from friendly.