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Old March 17, 2008, 09:44 AM   #1
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Velocity of Buckshot

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?
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Old March 17, 2008, 09:01 PM   #2
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Im note sure if this helps, Hornady makes buckshot that reaches 1500 +- FPS. Look into the Hornady TAP ammo line. Its good stuff. 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.
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Old March 18, 2008, 01:14 PM   #3
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Tested some this weekend

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.
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Old March 18, 2008, 02:24 PM   #4
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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 that's doing a claimed 1450 FPS - that should tickle your fancy
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