View Full Version : Can somebody explain the different kinds of shot and their uses?

December 29, 2000, 11:36 PM
All these years and I've neve really known a lot about the ammo. Example: How many pellets are in No. 4 shot?

Dave McC
December 30, 2000, 08:36 AM
I think there's a chart on the Remington Site, and the Shotgun Report has some good stuff too.Sorry, I'm not good enough to imbed the links, so you'll have to search a bit.

Also, some old threads here in the archives explain the uses of various shot, a little research can give you plenty of input...

December 31, 2000, 12:18 AM
#4 birdshot,, and 20 to the oz for #4 Buck. The smaller the pellet, the less energy and penetration it has. Quail dont need much killing, and there are quail sized holes in a pattern of #2 goose loads. Also, large shot might well ruin a lot of good meat on small birds, or cause harm at longer ranges than the smaller pellets could. Conversely, a charge of quail pellets would most likely let a goose escape wounded. No birdshot pellets smaller than #2 are of much use for defense, beyond a few feet,because they can't be relied upon to penetrate a heavy coat and the sternum of a man.