12 ga buckshot question

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by accident, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. accident

    accident Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    middle GA
    I know we deal with rifle and pistol cartridges here but I didn't know where else to post this. I bought several boxes of S&B 12 ga 2-3?4" 00 buck loads.I shot some yesterday and was surprised at how light the recoil was.Not like the heavy recoil from buckshot I'm used to.They are listed as "max" loads so I assumed the charge would be about 3-3/4 drams.I bought them for home defence loads in my short barrel 12ga and want to be sure the pellets won't stop before penetrating a heavy overcoat etc.I immediatly shot a few federals #4 buck I had and there is a definite difference in the recoil.(the Federals also say "max" chge).I've seen "military grade" buckshot green in color advertised around $5 a box.Has anyone any experience with these?I'm thinking of buying some Remington Express 00 buck as I've shot this before.The S&B's felt like I was shooting #8 light bird loads with 3 drams charge. Any suggestions? THANKS Joe
  2. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Upstate NY
    I say enjoy your light OOB loads. Don't worry about underpenetration. No street garment will stop buckshot at home defense distances. Buckshot will tear through the heaviest leather/quilted/canvas overcoat like it was cardboard.

  3. accident

    accident Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    middle GA
    Thanks Steve,maybe they are sufficient,I'm just used to more kick with 00 buck. thanks Joe
  4. JohnTheCalifornian

    JohnTheCalifornian Member

    Jun 12, 2009
    I have some of the Winchester 12 ga you mention that has green hulls and black heads. They kick pretty hard, even through my semi auto.
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