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What shells to use with the shockwave

Discussion in 'Ammunition' started by comma, Feb 6, 2019.

  1. comma

    comma Copper BB

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    Hey guys.
    Getting my first mossberg soon (either the shockwave or nightstick)

    I was just wondering if there were any rounds that were too powerful for this shotgun, or is any 2.75 shell "safe"?

    My range only allows slugs, so looking for some slugs that are easier on the gun, as well as a more powerful (probably 00 buck) for home defense

    Thank you!
  2. meanstreak

    meanstreak .30-06 Supporter

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    Comma, welcome from Oklahoma. Can't help with the shockwave but someone that can should be along shortly.
  3. John A.

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

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    I personally prefer light loads in guns that I can't shoulder, but there's not any 2 3/4" that will damage the gun, as long as you can hold onto it of course.

    There are many "low recoil" or "reduced recoil" shells out there and is what I prefer these days.

    https://www.remington.com/ammunition/shotshell/slugs/slugger-managed-recoil-rifled-slugs

    https://www.targetsportsusa.com/fed...al-truball-rifled-slug-leb127lrs-p-58576.aspx

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1...-3-4-reduced-recoil-1-oz-rifled-slug-box-of-5

    I have never tried the Fiocchi
    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1...nition-12-gauge-2-3-4-7-8-oz-aero-rifled-slug

    I know you said you were limited to slugs only, but if you can find a place to shoot that does allow them, practicing with the cheap handicap birdshot loads are a heckuva lot cheaper. You can get 100 (4 boxes) for about $25 at walmart.
  4. Elbert Garrett

    Elbert Garrett 20g Supporter

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    You might want to give Federal`s low recoil slugs a try.....

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  5. comma

    comma Copper BB

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    Thanks for the suggestions!
    Still curious though, are there rounds that shouldn't be used in the shockwave, or can it safely shoot any 2.75 shells?
  6. Ernst

    Ernst .410

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    Comma, welcome to the forum. Think you will find it both friendly and very helpful.

    I've found no shells "to powerful" for a shockwave. For bear and mountain lion defense I use a combination of 00 buck shot and 3 inch Brenneke Black Magic Magnum slugs.

    That said, I do not recommend you use these powerful rounds until you have experience with the shockwave. Elbert's recommendation is a good place to start .

    To master a shockwave it takes practice, lots of practice. Many believe, and will tell you, that shockwaves can not be aimed and you must shoot from the hip. That is not true. Hip shooting can be very effective with practice. However, most in the beginning have a tendency to shoot high and to the left.

    It takes several hundred rounds to become proficient. Once proficent, you can select the type of shells to fit your needs whether it be target shooting , home defense or defense against predators the size of a bear.

    Regards
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  7. Elbert Garrett

    Elbert Garrett 20g Supporter

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    You can shoot 3" magnums if you have the stones to but I`ll pass on that..... :)

    I ordered a stippled grip from Justin Potts to help stop my hand from slipping forward under recoil and used low recoil loads until I got used to how it handled....now I primarly use one Federal`s 00.

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  8. Ernst

    Ernst .410

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    Comma, Elbert brings up s good point regarding the grip. I've gone in a different direction. Recommend you first try wrapping the stock with grip tape, like used on tennis rackets. Works very well even in wet weather.

    The other helpful mod was turning the fore end strap so the raw ends don't cut into your hand when you cycle the gun. Simply remove the screws and face the raw ends outward and replace the screws.

    Regards
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  9. comma

    comma Copper BB

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    Thanks for all the info guys!

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