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12 Ga Buckshot spread in pictures.

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by M2 Carbine, Sep 25, 2010.

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  1. M2 Carbine

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    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.
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    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.
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    21 feet. About across the living room distance. That would leave a mark.:D
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    15 yards. Now, probably out in the back yard distance and three pellets are starting to miss the BG.
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    25 yards.
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    And four pellets missed. Actually better than I expected.
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    40 yards. Now we are getting in my HD distance.
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    And five buckshot missed. Way better than I expected.
    Maybe I just might keep this gun in the barn for a yard broom.
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    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.
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    Fun gun, but light weight shotguns do kick.:D
     
  2. mesinge2

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    Thanks for the posting.
    What Buckshot were you using 2 3/4" or 3" and 000 or 00?
     
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    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.:)
     
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    The 7 yard spread is impressive. Its a great spread for home defense.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  7. Youngster

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    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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