Prairie Storm/Black cloud question

Prairie Storm/Black cloud question

This is a discussion on Prairie Storm/Black cloud question within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I was wondering if anyone had an opinion about the SD performance of Prairie Storm or Black Cloud. I know all about how buck is ...

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    Member Array Mark_in_wi's Avatar
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    Prairie Storm/Black cloud question

    I was wondering if anyone had an opinion about the SD performance of Prairie Storm or Black Cloud. I know all about how buck is a better stopper (and I have it for reloads) but I have a big concern about over penetration. I hear about how Black Cloud does a lot of damage when duck hunting and thought it might be an improvement over traditional bird shot. Does anyone know of any jello tests or have any experience with these loads?? Again I know it's bird shot so please don't say how buck/slugs are preferred. I'm just wondering if one of these two would have an advantage over traditional shot.

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    IMHO at SD ranges I would expect heavier "LEAD" shot to penetrate deeper than lighter shot and at 30 feet or less you don't have to worry about holes in your shot pattern
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    The "Flite Control" wad in the premium loads from Federal keeps the shot together longer and maximizes the amount of shot on target. If I needed to use birdshot for SD or HD, I would use a big charge of the shot available with the Flite Control wad. IIRC there's a #2 or #4 load in one of those lines.

    In any case, take whatever you choose out to the range with a huge sheet of patterning paper and a bucket packed full of wet newspaper. That should tell you what you want to know.
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    I use Black Cloud exclusively for duck hunting along with 2 other guys. We've shot around 100 ducks the last two seasons and I've butchered almost all of them. Black Cloud does drop them almost immediately on hit, but it doesn't always kill them. When I butcher the duck, I've found that some of the shot barely penetrated their skin. I wouldn't rely on it to stop a person.
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