Number 1 buckshot makes for a good load. It’s in my opinion the smallest shot size I would use for a shotgun intended for defensive work with the research that I’ve conducted. It doesn’t take long at all for #4 to begin under penetration yet #1 remains in the desired area out to 25 yards easily enough. I’d like to get some for pattern testing in my SBSs but have had no luck sourcing any.in my defense, allow me to quote from the above-mentioned study. this is discussing the Remington #1 buck. the Federal has 15 pellets of the same size:
"A 2¾ inch load firing 16 .30 cal pellets, this offering from Remington fired from an 18 inch barreled Remington 870 Marine Magnum exhibited excellent average penetration of approximately 16.5 inches. Temporary stretch cavity measured approximately 8.5 inches. Shot recovered exhibited minimal deformation.
In our opinion, this load is superior to 00 buck for selection as a tactical shotgun load. While exhibiting slightly less penetration, overall penetration is still acceptable and if all pellets strike their intended target there is potential to create approximately 77% more wound tract with the additional 7 pellets."
bolding is mine. this is what i was trying to say earlier, but i guess i worded my remarks poorly
also, from the same above study:
"We do believe federal’s wad configuration is superior to most others, and as a result most of their buckshot loads tend to pattern tighter than those of their competition."
these are the two reasons that i decided to go with the Federal #1 buck with the FlightWad. if they've stopped making it, well, i think that's too bad. i've got about 30-35 shells left. i'll bogart 'em. and start looking for something new