This is a discussion on HD load for the Mossberg 500 Persuader within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; If the recoil bothers you try mounting the gun tighter into your shoulder. It may seem counter intuitive but for some people it works. A ...
If the recoil bothers you try mounting the gun tighter into your shoulder. It may seem counter intuitive but for some people it works. A friend of mine used to leave his shotgun in his locker at the station unless I was riding with him. He said he got beat up by it in the academy and at qualifications so he didn't like it and didn't trust it. Long story short he was mounting the thing like it was a .22 so instead of getting "pushed" by the recoil he was getting "punched" by it.
A lot of the difference in recoil can also be in your head. It doesn't matter if it its bird shot or buckshot or slugs. If you are throwing one ounce of lead at the same velocity the recoil is going to be the same. The only ways to change it are to reduce the throw weight or the velocity. Or you could hang ten pounds of tacticool gadgetry on it.
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While there in no doubt #7 game load can be fatal, there are lots of examples of the opposite. Bird shot was developed for use on birds (<---shocking, I know) and has been known to leave nasty but superficial wounds. I have been hit with 7 or 8 shot while hunting and it was painful but didn't really do any serious damage.
Buck shot was developed for use on large animals weighing 100 to 250 pounds. Wild game is tough and covered with heavy fur. Buckshot was designed to punch through the fur and get deep into the vitals.
Remember in a HD scenario you may need to shoot through a wall or through the outstretched arms of the BG to reach the vitals. Buckshot has the power to do both of those and bird shot doesn't.
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There are larger bird shots out there for use on geese/turkeys and such. The bigger shot is called BB, T, TT and TTT and is made for big birds (Feathers are very good armor believe it or not. Many smaller shot types will not penetrate). The bigger shot can also be had in materials heavier and more dense than lead. Tungsten is one of such materials and it would offer better penetration when compared to lead shot of the same size. I believe these shot types would be somewhat effective against BGs and would certainly be better than #7 game load.
Just wait till you get the buckshot to the range. You will feel a world of difference between the recoil generated by game load and the recoil from buckshot. They are just not in the same league. Buckshot is a stone cold crusher (for you and the BG).
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Here's a link to a thread at Shotgun world. Lots of gelatin testing.
Shotgunworld.com • View topic - 12 gauge Wound Profiles (56k beware) Examples on page 3
I use a duck/goose load, shot size is BB.
This image is Remington Express and the wound cavity is about 1.5 inches wide and 6 in. deep ( Think shredded Gelatin ) with the majority of the shot cloud reaching 10-12 in penetration with some reaching the 15 in mark.
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