Originally Posted by Badshot320
4 buck is pretty useless nowadays, waterfowl hunting requires nontoxic shot with a maximum size of T shot, reloading for waterfowl isnt cost effective by the time you purchase all the components...ie the shot buffer, nontoxic shot, heavy wads...etc. If you want to load your own field loads for skeet/trap, dove, squirrels, quail, rabbits, pheasent, ......its very cost effective.
#4 buck makes a damn fine turkey load for long ranges. I cast my own and buffer in bp ranger wads. 1 3/8 oz at 1425 fps with a load of longshot powder. Works wonders on coyotes too.
As to pellet energy it is ALWAYS a trade off of pattern density vs individual pellet energy(penetration). More pellets mean fuller patterns at close ranges. They have less individual energy and penetration. Look in lymans shotshell reloading manual. They have a great chart to explain this.
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