#4 buckshot is a great anti-septic in many instances. 41 pellets @ .24" travelling supersonic will ruin your perpetrators day. The woodwork can be resurrected, you can not. My 870 is in my home defense lineup right behind my Glock. It is hard to keep a shotgun within arms reach consistently.A shotgun is devastating at close range. Even with shot shells. Trouble with slugs is they will penetrate walls and go through to do damage beyond the intended target area.