shotgun spread vs precision, lead vs plated

shotgun spread vs precision, lead vs plated

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  • I prefer tighter patterning shotgun loads

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  • I prefer standard loads

    20 35.71%
  • I prefer lead shot

    22 39.29%
  • I prefer plated shot

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    shotgun spread vs precision, lead vs plated

    What do you guys think of the importance of spread vs precision in a shotgun (flite control vs standard) and lead vs steel shot for home defense? Spread makes it easier to hit the target but tight patterning loads cause more devastating wounds and have less chance of a stray pellet missing the target and lead shot deforms making bigger wound channels but plated shot is much less likely to have "flyers".


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    The tighter the pattern the greater the effective range of the weapon.
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    The general rule of thumb for a shotgun with a cylinder bore barrel is 1" of spread per yard traveled this of course can be changed with choke tubes and such. I prefer standard 00 buck loads for shotgun work of course it is imperative that you pattern whatever load you are going to use to know exactly what the gun and particular shot load will do.

    I have pump guns but have recently gotten my Saiga back from having it built and converted so will have to find what is most reliable in the gun and work from there.
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    If you want your shotgun to perform like a rifle, get a rifle. Lead deforms much more than plated, pellet deformation impedes penetslration, but perfectly round balls have a greater propensity to let elastic tissue slip around their surface.
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    Just because you can keep a tighter pattern with flite control wads, that does not help the SG pellets maintain velocity and does not really extend "effective" range, just range.
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    while my first choice for home defense is not my shotgun, it is always an option.

    at the longest straight-line distance in my home, the standard 00 buck loads that live "in the tube" pattern out to *maybe* 3-4 inches and I don't think I'd want to change that.

    if I need to touch something with the shotgun at significantly greater distances, I'll pop a slug or a sabot downrange.
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