Shotgun Ammo--Buckshot

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    If you stick with the LE Tactical low recoil flight control wad ammo it really wont matter if you choose #00 or #4.
    I patterned both at the range last week and both held a very similar tight pattern at 30 feet out of my 18" barrel.
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    Shot size, velocity, chokes, spread, ...: click.

    Shotgun wound profiles: click.

    Personal impressions of various loads, Rem 870P 12ga: click.

    So, if you had a choice between 00 and #4 and you can only buy one box of ammo at this time, what would your choice be? Both are the same price.
    For defensive use, I'd go with 2-3/4" #1 Buck, at least in my 14" Rem 870P 12ga.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Shot size, velocity, chokes, spread, ...: click.

    Shotgun wound profiles: click.

    Personal impressions of various loads, Rem 870P 12ga: click.


    For defensive use, I'd go with 2-3/4" #1 Buck, at least in my 14" Rem 870P 12ga.
    Interesting ballistics on #1 vs. 00. Any recs for good online deals for #1 buck? ATG has been the only online retailer I've used but they don't have any #1 buck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bonehead View Post
    Interesting ballistics on #1 vs. 00. Any recs for good online deals for #1 buck? ATG has been the only online retailer I've used but they don't have any #1 buck.
    CheaperThanDirt.com carries a wide variety of ammo, including #1 buck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavDoc View Post
    So, if you had a choice between 00 and #4 and you can only buy one box of ammo at this time, what would your choice be? Both are the same price.
    If I could only have one knowing that it may have to do outside duty as well as inside, I'd go with 00.

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    If I could have only one I would use 00, but I do prefer #4 for HD use
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    Cool

    I have both 00 buck and #4 buck.
    I prefer to use #4 buck in my house for my families safety sake in case of fliers. Pistol is my weapon of choice though in the house if needed.
    Big thing to know is that #4 buck is about twice the size of #4 birdshot.
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    Some heavy-hitters in the LE training world think that #4 buck is best aimed at the bad guy's throat area, as its penetration into the human target is not always so great, compared to 00. Some like the compromise #1 buck. My chief authorizes #4 and 00, plus slugs if we take the requisite training class. I used to keep a 3-inch #4 handy, to be select-loaded as the first round if going into something like an apartment building, but I rarely bother anymore, just keeping 00 in various versions, from Federal Tactical or Remington 8-pellet on the slow end, to any good brand of high velocity for perimeter duty. I reserve Brenneke slugs for special occasions such as felony stops.

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    Thanks to all for this info I got a lot out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    For defensive use, I'd go with 2-3/4" #1 Buck, at least in my 14" Rem 870P 12ga.
    +1 on the #1 Buck. The stats give it a big boost over 00 but it is hard to find!

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    I ordered 50 rounds of Noble Sport (Italian Military and Caribineri {FBI}) 12g 00 buckshot last night. Delivered, it will be about 78 cents/round vice about $1/round for Rem or Win at Wally World.
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    Another interesting test is one that the Box O' Truth did on shotguns
    and shotgun ammunition, it's worth a look.

    The Box O' Truth #3 - The Shotgun Meets the Box O' Truth - Page 1

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    Thanks good2go for that post.
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    I just got back from the range. A quick review:
    Noble Sport 12g 2 /34 in 00 Buckshot using a Winchester 1300 18 in barrel 12g shotgun. Bought at ATG for 78 cents/round delivered.

    The above rounds worked very well without issues. The only thing that I was not prepared for is the kick/recoil from these rounds. I have fired other rounds before, but these kicked it up a notch. So, if you want to save some $$$, these rounds worked well.
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