12 Ga Buckshot spread in pictures.


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M2 Carbine
September 25, 2010, 10:43 AM
Yesterday I bought this shotgun. The local gun store is going out of business, so they are discounting their guns. Although I don't need another HD type shotgun I thought this one looked good and for the price ($256) I could always leave it in the barn or use it as a car gun.

I wanted to put some shells through it today, plus check the spread with 00 Buckshot.
So here, in pictures is what it did.

The gun.
It's a "New England Firearms Pardner Pump", long name for a Hawk Industries Chinese gun.
It appears to be well made for a cheap gun and the action is smooth.
It's got a 18.5 inch cylinder barrel. The receiver is drilled and tapped for a rail. It has sling studs. Chambered for 2 3/4 or 3 inch shells.
The mat finish looks good but I doubt it is very tough and I suspect it would scratch easily.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v135/Bell406_206B/NewEnglandshotgun.jpg


The ammo is S&B 2 3/4 inch 12 pellet 00 Buckshot. Right hot shells, or at least my shoulder thinks so.

1st target from 10 feet.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v135/Bell406_206B/12ga10footoobuckshottarget.jpg


21 feet. About across the living room distance. That would leave a mark.:D
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v135/Bell406_206B/12ga7yardsoobuckshotpelletspread.jpg


15 yards. Now, probably out in the back yard distance and three pellets are starting to miss the BG.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v135/Bell406_206B/12ga15yardsoobuckshotpelletspread.jpg


25 yards.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v135/Bell406_206B/12ga25yardsoobuckshot.jpg
And four pellets missed. Actually better than I expected.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v135/Bell406_206B/12ga25yardsoobuckshotpelletspread.jpg


40 yards. Now we are getting in my HD distance.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v135/Bell406_206B/12ga40yardsoobuckshot.jpg
And five buckshot missed. Way better than I expected.
Maybe I just might keep this gun in the barn for a yard broom.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v135/Bell406_206B/12ga40yardsoobuckshotpelletspread.jpg


Then, just for the heck of it I shot a can and the last target with a couple #6 shot from five yards.
Although I am not in favor of using shot in a HD shotgun, the damage to that can is right impressive.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v135/Bell406_206B/12gano6shot.jpg

Fun gun, but light weight shotguns do kick.:D

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mesinge2
September 25, 2010, 10:58 AM
Thanks for the posting.
What Buckshot were you using 2 3/4" or 3" and 000 or 00?

M2 Carbine
September 25, 2010, 12:28 PM
What Buckshot were you using 2 3/4" or 3" and 000 or 00?
The ammo is S&B 2 3/4 inch 12 pellet 00 Buckshot. Right hot shells, or at least my shoulder thinks so.

I favor the higher pellet count of the Sellier & Bellot over the typical 9 pellet load.
Besides I bought a bunch of S&B 00 and #4 buckshot when a 10 round box sold for a couple bucks.:)

mesinge2
September 25, 2010, 12:43 PM
The 7 yard spread is impressive. Its a great spread for home defense.

M2 Carbine
September 25, 2010, 01:25 PM
The 7 yard spread is impressive. Its a great spread for home defense.
Yes, I would guess that normal HD distance wouldn't be over about 20 feet.
From about 20-15 yards in the shotgun with buckshot is a destructive bugger.

Personally, my HD distance could be 40-50 yards, so even though I keep a 12 ga 870 and Ithaca loaded and handy, they aren't my first choice for HD.

natman
September 25, 2010, 01:47 PM
The longest shot possible inside my typical 3 BR 1 story house is 21 feet, either diagonally across the living/dining room or with my back against the bathroom wall shooting the entire length of the hallway. You would have to shoot diagonally across my lot to get a 40 yard shot, but the house is in the way.

Take a look at the 5.5" spread at 7 yards and let's put the "you don't have to aim, it'll clear out everything in it's path" myth to rest.

Youngster
September 25, 2010, 03:31 PM
You may have to aim/point whatever, but close shots with a shotgun are easy anyway, and with a cylinder or IC choked barrel the pattern usually starts opening up right at the point where things would otherwise start to become a bit trickier.

I actually dislike the really tight patterns you get with FliteControl buck, barrel work or super chokes, and like an evenly spaced middle of the road pattern that gives me a nice "controlled burst" effect.

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