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Buckshot Pattern Test

Discussion in 'Ammunition' started by LAZY EYED SNIPER, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. Wrenches

    Wrenches .270 WIN

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    Not if you blink your eyes closed for a split second. ;)
  2. LAZY EYED SNIPER

    LAZY EYED SNIPER Overwatch Global Moderator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Yes Sir, those are the ones I picked up.


    I don't like the idea of closing my eyes while firing a weapon in a defensive situation, even if for only a split second...
  3. LAZY EYED SNIPER

    LAZY EYED SNIPER Overwatch Global Moderator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Finished up round two of my buckshot pattern test this morning...

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    Left to Right - Remington Express Magnum 00, Federal Premium Vital Shock Magnum 00, Hornady Critical Defense 00, Winchester SXZ Personal Protection 00, Winchester Super X 00


    Same as last time, all rounds were fired at 10 yd through my 18.5" 930 Tactical...

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    Here are the results on target:


    Remington Express Magnum 2-3/4" 00 Buck
    MFG#: 12SB00
    Pellets: 12
    Velocity: 1290 fps
    Actual Length: 2.35"
    Price: $6.99 / 5 rounds ($1.40 a round)

    Was a bit surprised to see the Remington put up such a wide and scattered 11" spread...

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    Federal Premium Vital Shock Magnum 2-3/4" 00 Buck (copper plated)
    MFG#: P15600
    Pellets: 12
    Velocity: 1290 fps
    Actual Length: 2.34"
    Price: $8.49 / 5 rounds ($1.70 a round)

    The Federal put up a nice 6" grouping around center mass...

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    Hornady Critical Defense 2-3/4" 00 Buck (Versatite Wad)
    MFG#: 86240
    Pellets: 8
    Velocity: 1600 fps
    Actual Length: 2.23"
    Price: $13.49 / 10 rounds ($1.35 a round)

    Not surprising considering the Versatite wad, but the Hornady printed a tight 3-1/2" spread with six of the nine pellets contained in a 1" group...

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    Winchester SXZ Personal Protection 2-3/4" 00 Buck
    MFG#: SXZ1200
    Pellets: 9
    Velocity: 1325 fps
    Actual Length: 2.35"
    Price: $7.49 / 5 rounds ($1.50 a round)

    The Winchester SXZ put up a nice 6-1/2" spread in center mass...

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    Winchester Super X 2-3/4" 00 Buck
    MFG#: XB1200
    Pellets: 9
    Velocity: 1325 fps
    Actual Length: 2.35"
    Price: $6.49 / 5 rounds ($1.30 a round)

    The Winchester Super X printed in a 7" pattern that was a bit scattered left of center...

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  4. carbinemike

    carbinemike Global Moderator Staff Member Global Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Nice LES and thanks for the effort! I am finding in general that Remington ammo is not on the top on my list anymore. That was a heck of a spread for the distance.
  5. LAZY EYED SNIPER

    LAZY EYED SNIPER Overwatch Global Moderator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Absolutely.

    I was pretty shocked to see that poor a result from the Remington. For benefit of doubt I fired off a couple more rounds into a cardboard backer just to see if I got different results, but the patterns were all consistent with the one I posted...
  6. old mossy

    old mossy Global Moderator Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    Great info LES. Thanks for taking the time and sharing with us.
    Looks like the Hornady CD won that round.
  7. LAZY EYED SNIPER

    LAZY EYED SNIPER Overwatch Global Moderator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    It's put up the tightest group overall so far, that's for sure.

    However, this test has me thinking. With all but three of the pellets impacting in a 1" area one must question what benefit such a tight group would give over say a 1oz slug? One would think that more spread out of the pellets would increase the likelihood of the shot penetrating multiple vitals. I'm thinking the overall best choice for defensive buckshot might not necessarily be the one with the tightest group...
  8. old mossy

    old mossy Global Moderator Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    Good point. I think John A and mingaa are talking about a 1oz Lee slug loaded backwards to see what damage it will do.
  9. Wrenches

    Wrenches .270 WIN

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    Interesting result from Critical Defense. It's like you shot the PDX1-12.
  10. daytime dave

    daytime dave .270 WIN

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    Thank you for this great round two. You have done another first class job. I'm glad to hear you gave the Remington a second and third chance and the results were the same.

    Personally, I like it when the buckshot groups tightly. I would rather have a tighter group so longer ranges would still be "in play". That critical defense was very tight. I got some pretty tight groups with my Federal tactical low recoil buck a while back.

    Will there be a round three?
  11. LAZY EYED SNIPER

    LAZY EYED SNIPER Overwatch Global Moderator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Thank you Sir.


    Absolutely.

    There are still plenty more loads to try out...
  12. dieselmudder

    dieselmudder .30-06 Elite Member "Philanthropist"

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    Loving it LES. looks like your having a lot of fun blasting paper bad guys. I know I would be enjoying it.
  13. LAZY EYED SNIPER

    LAZY EYED SNIPER Overwatch Global Moderator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    It's a lot of fun for sure...
  14. old mossy

    old mossy Global Moderator Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    LES, are you gonna stick with the 930 or switch to a 590? Just wondering if the patterns would change.
  15. LAZY EYED SNIPER

    LAZY EYED SNIPER Overwatch Global Moderator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    For evaluating new rounds I'd like to stick with the 930 in order to keep things consistent. I still have several rounds left of everything I've tried so far so I could go back and send some through one of my pumps. Can't imagine an extra 1.5" in a 20" barrel is gonna change things much, but it wouldn't hurt to try it out...
  16. Tony617!

    Tony617! .270 WIN

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    LES what did you think about the muzzle flash on the Hornady Critical Defense rounds? I don't notice it as much with the 2 3/4", 9 pellet buckshot 00 rounds from Federal or Remington.
  17. LAZY EYED SNIPER

    LAZY EYED SNIPER Overwatch Global Moderator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    To be honest I didn't notice.

    Guess the breacher broke it up...
  18. oli700

    oli700 12g Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    your having too much fun man !
  19. LAZY EYED SNIPER

    LAZY EYED SNIPER Overwatch Global Moderator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Yes Sir, I am...
  20. Wrenches

    Wrenches .270 WIN

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    I'm wondering LES, you use a bench rest in your tests? I'm curious if the Super-X OO have a tendency to migrate off center. Was there follow ups to check for consistency?

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