Teach me about 12 guage SD ammo

Teach me about 12 guage SD ammo

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    Teach me about 12 guage SD ammo

    Because I know nothing.
    00 Buck is a starting point right?


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    A <search> for "shotgun buck" will call up a good number of prior discussions.

    Here's one: Shotgun Ammo - Buckshot.

    That'll be a good starting point.
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    When I saw these...........

    I just had to have some. They are absurdly expensive, so I only bought 9 rounds. But, ...........
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    Keep it simple, Winchester or Remington premium buffered buckshot.

    If a 2 3/4" gun buy the 2 3/4" magnums. # 1 buck = 20 .30 cal pellets, 00 buck = 12 .33 cal pellets.

    If a 3" gun buy the 3" buffered buckshot. # 1 buck = 24 .30 cal pellets, 00 buck = 15 .33 cal pellets

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    What is "buffered" buckshot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cammo girl View Post
    What is "buffered" buckshot?
    A Google search for those two keywords, buffered buckshot, comes up with a discussion on The Firing Line: Buffered Buckshot Shells?
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    #1 buckshot is a great choice - will penetrate the required FBI minimum of 12", and gives you more pellets per shell than 00 buck. However, it is more difficult to find - I ordered mine online.

    Buffered shot has a filler in the shell that protects the shot as it goes down the barrel, to help keep the shot from getting deformed as they bump into each other. This helps with both patterns and penetration, especially at longer range. At typical in-home defensive distances, I don't think it makes a difference.
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    Here is a good previous discussion on buckshot: 00 Buck Penetration, though it goes well beyond merely 00 Buck and penetration of it.


    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    #1 buckshot is a great choice - will penetrate the required FBI minimum of 12", and gives you more pellets per shell than 00 buck.
    Yes. #1 buck is my favorite choice, as well. Patterns better than #00, some studies suggest it hits as hard as #00 but causes a larger wound channel.

    Of all the various 12ga shells I have tried for my defensive shotgun, #1 buck in (the now-discontinued) Winchester Super-X Magnum 2-3/4" shells. 16 pellets, 1250 fps, great pattern that is fairly tightly grouped around the center.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jcabin View Post
    Because I know nothing.
    00 Buck is a starting point right?

    For most purposes, the choice between brands is moot.

    Look for the words "buck" and "shot" on the box. You want any major brand.

    Chose the one that shoots best in your gun.

    Shoot a LOT of it and get to know how it patterns at what distance, how it kicks and if it's reliable in your gun.

    Then buy a lot of it to stock up.

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    At 10 yards my Winchester Ranger low recoil 00 buck will pattern great in a silhouette target
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