we've had a string of armed break ins in my area so i figured my shotgun would be best for self defense (over my AR15 or .22s). I went out and picked up some #1 buckshot shells b/c all i had was #9 birdshot. I was about to pick up some sabot slugs, but i figured 16 buckshot pellets > 1 slug. i have no idea about shotguns, or the shells. would these be sufficient for home defense?