View Full Version : Velocity of Buckshot

March 17, 2008, 09:44 AM
I have 2 buckshot questions.

1) How much velocity is lost from the muzzle to 25 yards using buckshot?

2) If you can get a slug to 1600 fps, why do they not make buckshot 1600 fps?

March 17, 2008, 09:01 PM
Im note sure if this helps, Hornady makes buckshot that reaches 1500 +- FPS. Look into the Hornady TAP ammo line. Its good stuff.:D And you might want to take a look at the baseline data at the begining of this forum page. LOTS of great info posted there on ammo ballistics and performance.

March 18, 2008, 01:14 PM
Out of my new Browning Citori GTS (28 in barrels) a Federal 2 3/4 inch 8 pellet round clocked 1231 fps and a 3 inch Mag 15 pellet round clocked 1126 fps. Of interest to fellow turkey hunters out there, a 3 inch #6 2 oz turkey load clocked in at only 1033 fps and was by far the most brutal in regards to recoil. I was suprised at how slow the turkey load was but 2 ozs in a lot of shot.

I have no idea how much it slows down to at 25 yards and I doubt there is a chonograph that would survive that test.

March 18, 2008, 02:24 PM
I dunno about the velocity loss, but i DO know that if you drive buckshot too fast you'll get wide, erratic patterns.

Cabela's is selling Winchester Military-Grade 00 buck (http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp;jsessionid=J2GKHHZKBG0LZLAQBBLCCOFMCAEFAIWE?id=0016697216572a&type=product&cmCat=froogle&cm_ven=data_feed&cm_cat=froogle&cm_pla=0350202&cm_ite=0016697216572a&_requestid=56819) that's doing a claimed 1450 FPS - that should tickle your fancy :cool: