Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Not All Shotshells are Created Equal

Federal Tactical 9 pellet 00 buckshot w/flite control wad. Shot
from 15yd using Mossberg 500 with 18.5" cylinder bore barrel.
Every now and then I hear people talking about, or read about people using whatever shotgun ammunition they can get for cheap in their shotgun. For practice, or plinking, no problem. Shoot up the cheapest stuff you can find, I sure do. But when it comes time to stoke the gun for home defense use, or duty use if you are not issued departmental ammunition, feed it something good. What "good" entails depends on which philosophical camp of the shotgun you fall in. The one that says bigger pattern is better, or the one that says a smaller pattern is better.

I personally fall into the smaller is better
category (more on that later), so I tend towards stuff that will pattern pretty tight. Now there are some higher end custom guns out there that will pattern really well, from really far away (comparatively speaking), and then there are guns like mine that are bottom dollar junkyard dogs that go bang when you pull the trigger and that is about it. If you are running a gun like mine, look hard at Federal's buckshot loads with Flite Control wad, or Hornady's buckshot loads with Versa-Tite wad. Both wads are essentially the same thing, and accomplish the same mission.
Remington 2 3/4 inch 00 buckshot. Shot from 15yd using
Mossberg 500 with 18.5" cylinder bore barrel.


  1. I think it's great you're into shotguns, keep the posts coming. They are the most versatile and overlooked firearms. Do you spend any time shooting clay sports?

  2. I am not much for the clay sports, but mostly just because there isn't really anywhere around the area to shoot them. There is only one range that I know of that has the set up for it, and I generally try to avoid the place because the staff aren't the nicest bunch.