Originally Posted by SSGN_Doc
...at 15 yards, the other patterns were running between 12-15 inches, while the Critical Defense load stayed under 6 inches. This gives great, tight patterning that ensures that you can keep pellets on target for a greater distance than you can with the other loads, effectively extending your range with the shotgun, before having to consider switching to slugs.
No big extensive test, but it does seem that there is something to this improved wad.
Thanks for doing that and sharing.
I appreciate you recognizing that the tighter pattern effectively extends one's range. But for home defense, for example, I WANT a SHOTGUN. Meaning, I WANT a "12-15" inch pattern at 15 yards. You slip back to group-think when you say these wads are "improved." How about "New and
Improved" or "Hope and Change." No, they are different
...and the result of lawyers in big-city police departments trying to eliminate collateral damage of normal shotgun patterning and over-penetration. This usually at the expense of overall power in the hands of the user. The manufacturers market
these as "tactical" and too many start nodding their heads, on and off the job. You heard "great things" about them and how "well" they work. Uh huh...
When I want more range I use a different buckshot size, a 3" shell, a different choked and or sighted gun, change the choke, or maybe just turn the Poly-Choke a click or two -- I don't take less and thank the powers that be that I've been given more, or "improved."