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930 SPX - 3" 15 pellet 00 buck loads

Discussion in 'Mossberg 930 Autoloader' started by RDub, May 19, 2019.

  1. RDub

    RDub .22LR

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    Hi

    Picked up a new 930 SPX and having a ball with it.
    I wanted to see what these 3" 15 pellet shell were all about. Had four different loads to try.
    Shooting a Mossberg 930 SPX with an 18" barrel. Factory sights.

    The gun is currently sighted in for slugs so the patterns are just a bit right.

    Winchester XB12300
    Remington 12HB00
    Federal F13100
    Rem Ultimate Defense 12HB00HD

    Shot two different distances. Seven yards (21 feet) and fourteen yards (42 feet)
    The 7 yard rounds were put in the head and the 14 yard rounds were put in the 12" circle.

    Also chronographed each shot with an Oehler 33, screens centered at 10' from muzzle.


    All in all they all did pretty much the same thing.. The Federals came the closest to the advertised velocity.. Which could most likely be attained in a longer barrel. The recoil of the Federal round was pretty brutal, even with a gas operated gun.

    All these have conventional wad columns so the spreads are fairly typical. Anyway that was fun.

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  2. meanstreak

    meanstreak .30-06 Supporter

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    Welcome to the forum .
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  3. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    Looks like the gun is doing what it's supposed to do. I respect anyone that takes the time to test and pattern different shells. Good job on that !!!

    Your shooting bench looks like it would be pretty brutal on the eardrums though. Even with muffs.
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  4. RDub

    RDub .22LR

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    Hello John A.
    This post was supposed to go in the 'Mossberg 930 Auto loader' section. I discovered it wound up here, so I posted again in the Mossberg 930 section. Any way this could get deleted here and moved there? Thanks..
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  5. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    Sure can. I'll move it in a few minutes. No worries.
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  6. megawatt

    megawatt .270 WIN

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    Nice post. Thanks for the pics and results.
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  7. Joker18

    Joker18 .22LR

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    You got'im!
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  8. Old_School

    Old_School .410

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    Interesting that the Federal seemed to have the tightest pattern at 7 yds and the most spread at 14 yds.
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  9. steven berson

    steven berson Sponsor Sponsor

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    That looks painful on both ends of the gun.
  10. RDub

    RDub .22LR

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    Yes, it is..
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  11. Old_School

    Old_School .410

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    Those don't use the Pattern Control wads, do they?
  12. RDub

    RDub .22LR

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    If you mean the Federal 'Flight Control' wad.. No. All of these use conventional wadding.
  13. Old_School

    Old_School .410

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    Yes, Flight Control. I don't know what I was thinking when I wrote that. :oops2:
  14. Old_School

    Old_School .410

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    I've got a buddy who just ordered a case of 3" Flight Control #00 and he's saving me a couple of boxes. I'm anxious to get to the range and compare them to standard 3" #00. I've tried std 2-3/4" Winchester and Remington #00 at 15 & 25 yds and I was disappointed in the pattern spreads. At 25 yds, I was only getting 3 or 4 pellets in the silhouette torso. This was using my 18.5" Cylinder Bore breacher bbl.
  15. RDub

    RDub .22LR

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    I think you will be quite happy with those rounds..

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