Ok it’s 2-23-2022. Ammo is tight. Unless you know personally a gun shop that will call you when certain Ammo comes in the Pickens are slim and none. Personally for self defense I would prefer slugs. However I have not been able to find slugs in Ohio and PA. So personally I don’t want pellets spreading all over the place. So I go with a tight bird shot and at 20 yards it paints a pretty tight grouping so closer distances it would even be tighter. So slugs but if you can’t find them then a tight bird shot would also protect you and your family.