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Old 07-02-2012, 04:40 AM   #101
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what did you shoot the head with?
I would say 00buck, i counted 9 pellet holes
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Well, I decided the ammo I want but it seems expensive? I haven't bought ammo in a long time and think maybe it's cheaper to buy in a store than pay the shipping.

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I would say 00buck, i counted 9 pellet holes
that's what I was thinking but wasn't sure...
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what did you shoot the head with?
Head and chest were a mix of 00 buck loads along with slugs.

The head shot was Sellor & Bellot 9 pellet 00 buck, 2 3/4". You can see the pattern is a bit wider than the chest shots, which were Remington, Winchester and Federal loads. The S&B load has no powdered buffer or shot cup.
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Well, I decided the ammo I want but it seems expensive? I haven't bought ammo in a long time and think maybe it's cheaper to buy in a store than pay the shipping.
Usually you can find ammo cheaper in the store for single boxes of ammo,I just ordered 200 rounds of 44 mag at 5 dollars cheaper per box(4 boxes)than what can be had in a store,but with shipping it came out to maybe a dollar a box savings vs in store.
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In my Benelli M-2, 2 3/4 inch 12 pellet 00 loads pattern better than 9 pellet loads out to 25 yards. Of course, this could very well just be my particular weapon, and ymmv.

Since I live in a semi-rural area, I load with 2 3/4 inch 12 pellet 00, since over penetration is not a concern.

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If you wanna get crazy I recommend flechette it shoots 20 3 inch hive or take long nails basically can penetrate even through type 2 body army that's takin anything out in its path

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In my Benelli M-2, 2 3/4 inch 12 pellet 00 loads pattern better than 9 pellet loads out to 25 yards. Of course, this could very well just be my particular weapon, and ymmv.

Since I live in a semi-rural area, I load with 2 3/4 inch 12 pellet 00, since over penetration is not a concern.
Or, as this is 2-3/4" "magnum" it could be that becasue it has more net power and a heavier load albeit slightly slower muzzle velocity, with the different construction of this different shell, these affect how they pattern. Not surprising at all really when you think about it...

There's a poll on another popular site. For HD 90% use Buckshot, 6% use slugs, 4% use birdshot.
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If its at all possible, I recommend conducting your own small test with various rounds.

If you can get to a range where you can mount some patterning paper (e.g. on a wood pallet) fire different brands and #'s of shot at the patterning papers. That will let you see how big the holes are that the shot makes (some are MUCH smaller than you might expect) and--most importantly--show you where/how your barrel patterns. Shotguns often don't spread a uniform cloud of pellets directly in front of the barrel. For example, I know that one of the barrels on one of my shotguns likes to shoot slightly up & left of center. Knowing this allows me to adjust my aim and grip on the gun to put the shot where I want it.

You should know WHERE you gun is going to throw the shot at a given range.

Also, different brands and sizes may behave differently in your gun than in mine. Maybe yours gives the best pattern with 00 buck at 10yds and mine does it best with #1, etc.

I encourage everyone who has a shotgun--ESPECIALLY if you plan to use it in defense of your life--to buy lots of ammo in different brands and sizes and go pattern your barrel. THEN start to make your decision on which combat round you want to load.

Just my 2 cents

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If its at all possible, I recommend conducting your own small test with various rounds.

If you can get to a range where you can mount some patterning paper (e.g. on a wood pallet) fire different brands and #'s of shot at the patterning papers. That will let you see how big the holes are that the shot makes (some are MUCH smaller than you might expect) and--most importantly--show you where/how your barrel patterns. Shotguns often don't spread a uniform cloud of pellets directly in front of the barrel. For example, I know that one of the barrels on one of my shotguns likes to shoot slightly up & left of center. Knowing this allows me to adjust my aim and grip on the gun to put the shot where I want it.

You should know WHERE you gun is going to throw the shot at a given range.

Also, different brands and sizes may behave differently in your gun than in mine. Maybe yours gives the best pattern with 00 buck at 10yds and mine does it best with #1, etc.

I encourage everyone who has a shotgun--ESPECIALLY if you plan to use it in defense of your life--to buy lots of ammo in different brands and sizes and go pattern your barrel. THEN start to make your decision on which combat round you want to load.

Just my 2 cents
Ive already done these tests with a few different loads,and ive posted the results here on FTF. The last one is on this thread, a few pages back.
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