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Old January 30, 2013, 11:20 PM   #1
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Shotgun ammo questions

I'm not real experienced with shotguns.

These rounds would be coming out of a semi-auto smooth bore 18.5" barrel.

Buckshot for home defense/social work: 8 pellet? 9 pellet? #4 Buck? Low recoil?

Slugs: regular or low recoil?

Oh, also, I find "military buckshot" at the local Academy Sports. What's up with this round?

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Old January 31, 2013, 12:02 AM   #2
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any of them are fine. Low recoil buck shot is 8 pellet instead of 9. #4 buck shot is acceptable but not #4 bird shot there is a huge difference.

Slugs you can try both and see which you like better. Personal preference is really what its all about.

The military buckshot is just 9 pellet 00buck.

I use 9 pellet 00 Buck in my HD shotgun. My go to home defense gun is a 45acp carbine with 30round mags though. 30 min slugs > 8 big ones imho.
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Old January 31, 2013, 01:13 AM   #3
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00 buck is usually your best bet for a defensive shotgun. I like 3" 15 pellet myself but it's not cheap and it kicks hard. 2 3/4" 9 pellet is most common.

This article is a great read for anyone looking to keep a shotgun around for defense.
http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread.php?t=72535
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Old January 31, 2013, 07:55 AM   #4
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So even if its not labeled "low recoil" 8 round buck is low recoil?
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Old January 31, 2013, 08:20 AM   #5
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I'm with bigghoss. The more lead your slinging the more recoil your going to have, but in a home defense situation I think recoil is the least of your problems. Here's the 15 pellets compared to a .308 bullet as you can see one pellet has the same diameter as a 308

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Old January 31, 2013, 09:54 AM   #6
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I recommend either #4 or #1 buckshot. Here's a couple tests I've done to show what you can expect:

#4 Buckshot Gel Test


#1 Federal FC Buckshot Gel Test

Both are pretty nasty loads with less risk of overpenetration vs 00 buck or slugs.
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Old January 31, 2013, 10:04 AM   #7
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Excellent videos plouffedaddy
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Old January 31, 2013, 03:32 PM   #8
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In general 8 pellet 00 Buck will be lower recoil. Reducing the weight of shot reduces the recoil. So unless the 8 pellet buckshot has more powder then yes its going to be lower recoil.
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Old February 2, 2013, 12:06 AM   #9
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So even if its not labeled "low recoil" 8 round buck is low recoil?
Hornady Critical Defense 12 gauge 8 pellet 00 is 1600 FPS.
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Old February 2, 2013, 09:55 AM   #10
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About the only time I shoot shotguns anymore is in the shotgun phase of three gun matches.

I keep it rather simple and CONSISTANT, meaning I use the same load (weight wise) and powder wise.

I keep recoil down so I can stay on target. It's simple.

1 oz of bird shot
1 oz slug
and 1 once (a hair under) of buck shot. For my buch shot loads I cast .319 round ball, and load 9 each, They weight 48 grs a piece so that 432 grs (5.5 grs short of an oz.

My bird shot and buck shot paterns good at 25 yards and I can hit an 8 inch plate constantly at 50 yards with the slug.

I use Win. AA hulls and Win wads, with 18.5 grs of Red Dot on all three loads.

Cheap to shoot, mild recoil, and fairly accurate in my Remington Police 18 in smooth bore.
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