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Buckshot shooters.... What FPS?

Discussion in 'Ammunition' started by nitesite, Jun 27, 2020.

  1. nitesite

    nitesite Sheepdog Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Curious.

    Because 12-GA 00 Buck is available from 1100-fps to almost 1500-fps.

    Do you have a preference, or do you just buy what you find available?
  2. meanstreak

    meanstreak .30-06 Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Whatever I happen to find.
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  3. Elbert Garrett

    Elbert Garrett .30-06 Supporter

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    Low recoil buckshot, Federal and Fiocchi are my favorites.
    Currently I`m running Fiocchi`s low recoil 00 (1150).
    :crazy: I don`t need my 88 flying out of my old hands...

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  4. Ernst

    Ernst .270 WIN Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    While I typically look for buckshot in the 1300 fps plus range the more important aspect is feed reliability and delta fps consistency between shells.

    I always buy in case lots so price become a third factor to consider.

    Regards
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  5. Oddcaliber

    Oddcaliber .410

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    What ever I can get! Have Spartan, Estate and a few of the other usual suspects. Can't be picky these days.
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  6. Elbert Garrett

    Elbert Garrett .30-06 Supporter

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    If you can find and afford Winchester PDX1, they deliver as promised! it`s soft shooting and hard hitting! I like Winchester`s slugs, they flatten out nicely on impact...

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  7. John A.

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

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    I've been loading mine in the mid 1100's fps. Mild compared to many of the "magnum" and "hunting" loads.

    Right in line for all the managed recoil and TAP LEO Hornady loads though.

    I prefer the slower stuff for 2 main reasons.

    1. Less muzzle rise, faster and more accurate follow up shots if necessary.
    2. I doubt that anyone standing on the wrong end of it would be able to tell you that there was a difference between it and some other buckshot shell.

    My humble opinion, nine .32'ish caliber bullets hitting someone at more than the speed of sound, is going to make a really bad day regardless.

    If outside, these are for 50 yards or less shots (like my property for instance). They perform fine at those distances and if indoors, don't really even leave the wad in that close proximity. So, it would be more like getting hit with a slug that fragments.
  8. fellmann

    fellmann Esoteric Supporter Premier Member

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    I had to check my boxes and do a google :)

    If im correct, my two types ( 00 and #4 ) buckshot ( Rottweil brand ) should be at 1360 ft/s and 1279 ft/s. Its the only brand i can buy locally, so i use what i can get :D
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  9. Bobster

    Bobster .30-06 Supporter

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    As I don't have a 930 yet, whatever 00 I have was bought because it was a case "deal" and will work fine in a 500. I'll dig it out to see the FPS.

    I agree with the others that a softer load is perfectly acceptable in a pump gun--even mini shells with an Opsol. Easier to control for smaller folks. Why beat yourself up with recoil and risk over-penetration?

    If I DID have a 12ga semi, I would be sure to test a box or two in it to assure reliable feeding and function but only go as "hot" as necessary for the gun to function well.
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