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16 gauge 00 Buckshot

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Mr. Designer, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. Mr. Designer

    Mr. Designer Well-Known Member

    Anyone know if anyone makes 16 gauge 00 Buckshot?
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Probably not.

    00 Buck pellets are the wrong size to stack properly in a 16 or 20 guage shell.

    Winchester & Federal both load one 16 ga. load using 12 #1 Buckshot.

    #1 Buck = .30 caliber.
    #00 Buck = .33 caliber.

    IMO: The 12 pellets of #1 Buck would make a pretty formidable load!

  3. RyanM

    RyanM Well-Known Member

    Hm. 16 gauge is about .663 caliber. 00 shot should work in stacks of 2x2, the way 000 (.360) is in 12 gauge (.729). Only .003" extra room as opposed to .009", but as long as you don't use a shot cup (and plenty of buckshot loads don't), that's no biggie.
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    He didn't sound like a reloader to me.

    But I can find no indication 00 Buck will work in a 16 Ga hull properly, no matter how you stack it.

    I'd have to guess if it would work, there would be more loading data, and factory loads made with 00 buck.

  5. only1asterisk

    only1asterisk member

    00 buck stacks just fine in the 16ga, you just don't get very many. Many loads that work just fine aren't loaded commercially for economic reasons.

  6. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

    I've never seen a 00 or any other buck load for the 16 gauge other than 1, but then I'm only 61.

    1 buck is good stuff. Use it as needed. Of course, testing divers brands is called for.
  7. wnycollector

    wnycollector Well-Known Member

    +1 on #1 buck in 16ga! I have a chopped down SxS that is loaded with federal #1 buck. At 15yards (longest shot in my house) it covers a man sized target VERY well!
  8. foghornl

    foghornl Well-Known Member

    Been foolin' around with shotguns for almost 40 years, and I don't recall ever seeing anything but #1 Buck in 16-Ga, and #3 Buck for the 20-Ga in the various 'factory-off-the-shelf' loads.

    Did have a shooting budd that used to "roll his own" buckshot loads in 16-Ga, and in HIS guns, #1 & #4 Buck both worked quite well. Anything larger than #1, said he couldn't get enough pellets in there to make a good pattern.
  9. Badger Arms

    Badger Arms Well-Known Member

    Consider this:

    #3 Buckshot = 23.4 gr
    #1 Buckshot = 40.5 gr
    00 Buckshot = 53.8 gr

    000 Buckshot = 70 gr

    That's a more accurate comparrison of what the pellets do on target than saying it's .3" vs. .33". Me, I prefer the 12 pellet 12ga load for my home defense needs, however if I had a 16ga... Don't know. Do have a 20ga in the house loaded with #3 buck, 20 pellets. For comparrison, that's: .25" diameter.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2008
  10. only1asterisk

    only1asterisk member

    Federal loads #2 buckshot in the 20ga and has for some time.

    Stepping down from 12 pieces of #1 to 8 pieces of 00 could definitely leave that impression.

  11. 35Rem

    35Rem Well-Known Member

    some foreign company was making some #3 buck in the 16 at one time. I fooled around and didn't get any. It was a good comprimise for the SW FL deer and turkey we were hunting at the time. Worked good in the 20, more of the same in a 16 sounded good.

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