i was talking about cross sectional tissue damage, not penetration. and iirc, the tests i saw led me to believe that penetration for that shell wasn't a problemActually it is weight of each pellet. Pellets of equal size and shape, the heavier one will generally penetrate deeper.
Without adequate penetration a large surface wound will hurt but may not stop an attacker. This load will probably work fine, but I will stick with what has worked historically.i was talking about cross sectional tissue damage, not penetration. and iirc, the tests i saw led me to believe that penetration for that shell wasn't a problem
I would love to find some. I checked with Federal about a year ago about #1 buck w/flite control wad and they said they no longer make it.interesting. Federal makes what i think is the best self defense shotgun shell out there. i can get the designation if ya care. it's a #1 buck, 15 pellets, with FlightWad. tests have shown greater tissue destruction by 15 smaller pellets than 9 larger ones. i would guess these 9 breaking in half would be even better. but from the pics of this guy shooting, it appears to me that the flightwad keeps the grouping a heck of a lot tighter. at 7 yards, my targets look like one really large round hit them, instead of a pattern of smaller hits spread around. i'll try and get some of these new shells and compare the two