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Old April 23, 2018, 12:08 AM   #2
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I'm not a fan of that load.

It uses deceptively undersized and underweight pellets (this is to cram them into the flite control wad), has one less pellet than other #1 buck loads (one less wound track), and the reduced velocity and decreased weight doesn't give much more penetration over full power #4 buck loads, and the whole reason to use #1 buck is for more consistent and deeper penetration over #4 buck while increasing the wounding potential over 00 buck by increasing total surface area of the shot.

The flite control wad is excellent but in the #1 buck iteration it seems Federal had to or chose to make some compromises. Still effective? Of course, but I think traditional full-power 16 pellet #1 loads are superior. With a Vang Comp or similar barrel job the patterns can be very tight and effective on human attackers out to 30 meters.
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