I thought I would ask the question on this forum also, Would you or do you load your shotgun and more so the Shockwave with mini shells, if you answer please say why be it yes or no. I use them in my 14" 590, I have had zero fails in 300 rds of testing, the OpSol 2.0 is installed, I'm very happy with the performance of both the slugs and the 15 pellet #4 buck (pattern). Cost is around 52 cents per round and to me that's fine for buffered #4 buck and 1 oz slug load with wad made for the Foster slug (trueball ish). Chrono test give me average of 30fps less than full size gun (18.5"), if you go to Federal's web sight and look up low recoil #4 buck 2 3/4" it shows 1,100fps for it at two times the cost, so mini is comparable to some full size loads , less pellets I know but we are talking HD distances and a shot should be well placed no matter the load. P.S. I have a TacStar side saddle (have used them 30 years), loaded up and down for 12 rds in saddle , 8 in the tube and one in the chamber for a total of 21 rds, most HD will be run with what you bring (not all), not really the time to fill pockets with spare ammo or boxes, if you have pockets at the time. My luck I would be in my scivies (spell check) and if that didn't scare them, they need shooting.