Slow motion test of Federal 3 inch Magnum 15 Pellet Buckshot!

This is a discussion on Slow motion test of Federal 3 inch Magnum 15 Pellet Buckshot! within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; So I got a really unique opportunity last weekend to test the Federal 3 inch magnum 15 pellet buck shot with clear ballistic gelatin. We ...

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    Wink Slow motion test of Federal 3 inch Magnum 15 Pellet Buckshot!

    So I got a really unique opportunity last weekend to test the Federal 3 inch magnum 15 pellet buck shot with clear ballistic gelatin. We filmed the test at 120 frames per second and slowed the video down 16 times.

    We are always looking for new ideas. So please let me know what you would like to see tested and I'll try to do it for ya'll.

    Federal 12 Gauge 3 Inch Magnum 00 Buck Ballistic Gelatin test - YouTube

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    The buckshot proved to be very effective against the ballistic gelatin. The testing shotgun was the Remington 870 fired from 15 feet. At that distance the shot maintained a 2.7 inch grouping. Upon entering the target, the pellets created a massive temporary stretch cavity of roughly 11 inches. The block was thrown four feet from the testing block onto the ground. For a closer look at the permanent cavity please refer to the video.


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    1. It is commonly believed that over penetration should be considered when choosing self defense ammo. I would like to see exactly how much energy was left in each pellet to determine the realistic use of this ammo.

    2. 3 inch magnum buckshot absolutely destroys your target. I've had the opportunity to test a few other rounds, but this stuff really transfers its energy well.

    3. It is reasonably priced, so it's a great option for the average shooter. Even if you don't intend to use it for home defense it's still a blast (pun intended) to shoot! :p
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    Sweet test you ran. very nice.
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    I will stick to 2 3/4. Did you see how hard that rd kicks it would be very hard to get back on target for a follow up shot on 2nd BG. I ported my HD shotgun so that I could get back on target a lot quicker. Muzzle raise is no where as bad as it was. Reduced recoil a little gut the bad thing about porting is it make a 12 ga a loooooot louder.

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    First, to the OP = Welcome to DC = Semper Fi.

    Me Likey anything shotgun ammo that is designed for DEFENSE! Thank you for sharing.
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    I'd be curious to see how the 3" magnum #4 buck shell works. That's 41 .25 caliber pellets. It too lets you know when it goes off. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt45 View Post
    I'd be curious to see how the 3" magnum #4 buck shell works. That's 41 .25 caliber pellets. It too lets you know when it goes off. :)
    Wow I haven't thought about that. I bet it would transfer energy a little more efficiently, but I'd imagine it would have a bigger spread. Do you know if the spread is any different?

    Quote Originally Posted by TDH1961 View Post
    I will stick to 2 3/4. Did you see how hard that rd kicks it would be very hard to get back on target for a follow up shot on 2nd BG. I ported my HD shotgun so that I could get back on target a lot quicker. Muzzle raise is no where as bad as it was. Reduced recoil a little gut the bad thing about porting is it make a 12 ga a loooooot louder.
    Do you mind posting some pics? I'd love to check it out!

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    I have some Federal 3.5 inch magnum #1 buck that I haven't shot yet.
    I carry a gun, because a Cop is too heavy.

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    Impressive at first glance but the recoil is outrageous. I have fire a few of those rounds.

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    I shot 3" magnum 00 Buck rounds at the range a couple weeks ago in my Mossberg 500 with folding stock. After 5 rounds, I had to take a short break. After 5 more rounds, I was done. I'm seriously considering changing rounds for HD. Any recommendations on a good 12ga HD round?
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    Some 10 gauge 3 1/2-inch buckshot loads are kept around here, containing 54 No. 4 buck shot. Don't know about the ballistic gel but for called in foxes or coyotes they're just the thing to about 50 yards and most effectively put down an aggressive pit bull that had invaded our back yard when our boys were small, one a toddler. We lived in a rural setting and the think kept coming back after I first tried just running it off. Enough was enough and the dog had to "go away."
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimaCharlie View Post
    I have some Federal 3.5 inch magnum #1 buck that I haven't shot yet.
    Be prepared for a bruise! haha

    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty901 View Post
    Impressive at first glance but the recoil is outrageous. I have fire a few of those rounds.
    The recoil is absolutely nuts. It would make follow up shots very difficult.

    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    I shot 3" magnum 00 Buck rounds at the range a couple weeks ago in my Mossberg 500 with folding stock. After 5 rounds, I had to take a short break. After 5 more rounds, I was done. I'm seriously considering changing rounds for HD. Any recommendations on a good 12ga HD round?
    I like the Ranger 2 3/4 low recoil 9 pellet buckshot. It's very easy to control and has some strong knockdown power. I'll try to get around to it with my tests.

    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    Some 10 gauge 3 1/2-inch buckshot loads are kept around here, containing 54 No. 4 buck shot. Don't know about the ballistic gel but for called in foxes or coyotes they're just the thing to about 50 yards and most effectively put down an aggressive pit bull that had invaded our back yard when our boys were small, one a toddler. We lived in a rural setting and the think kept coming back after I first tried just running it off. Enough was enough and the dog had to "go away."
    Gosh I would be terrified if my family were in danger like that. Good on you for putting that thing down man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    I shot 3" magnum 00 Buck rounds at the range a couple weeks ago in my Mossberg 500 with folding stock. After 5 rounds, I had to take a short break. After 5 more rounds, I was done. I'm seriously considering changing rounds for HD. Any recommendations on a good 12ga HD round?


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    They are 2 3/4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt45 View Post
    I'd be curious to see how the 3" magnum #4 buck shell works. That's 41 .25 caliber pellets. It too lets you know when it goes off. :)
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