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12ga magnum buckshot? magnum slugs?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by carterbeauford, Sep 27, 2006.

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  1. carterbeauford

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    Is there anyone out there who makes 3" or 3.5" buckshot or slug loads? I know 00 buck or a slug out of a 2.75" shell will more than kill anything within shotgun range, but I want to try something heavier in my 870 supermag. If for no other reason than fun "here put this against your shoulder" :neener:

    If such a thing doesn't exist, is it safe to reload buckshot and slugs with magnum power charges? I would love to shoot a 3.5" slug, if only once.
     
  2. CWL

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    I know Remington makes 3" magnum shells in 00 & slug, don't know about 3.5" shells though. You should be able to buy them easily in PA or go online anywhere.

    You probably need to experience shooting magnum loads as you say, I had to. After trying 3" magnum 00 and slugs, I developed a wince and was afraid my shotgun. You'll probably find out that pain doesn't really contribute to accuracy and handling of our shotgun(s).

    I'm perfectly happy now with my Federal reduced recoil 00 2.75" loads, and at the headshots I practice at 20 yards.
     
  3. The-Fly

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    Federal makes 3" buckshot and slug loads. Not as common or cheap as the 2.75 stuff, but its out there. I keep a few boxes of each for special occasions, and the last round in my 870 is a 3". I figure the last one should be the best one, besides the extra recoil wont matter at that point :D
     
  4. carterbeauford

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    Federal 3.5" steel is tolerable. Not something I could shoot all day long but I'm not afraid of it. Heavier loads can't be that much worse. It is worth mentioning I use a slip-on recoil pad on that shotgun.

    I'll look for the 3" buckshot and slugs, thanks for the tips.
     
  5. Ben Shepherd

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    Shot some federal(IIRC) 3" 15 pellet OO magnum buck loads out of my brothers mossy.

    4 shooters did this. The same 4 shooters also fired some top-end 180gr 300 win mag loads out of a ruger m77.

    The consensus was that without a doubt, the shotgun recoiled MUCH harder.

    So, if you insist on doing this, CORRECT form is crucial, unless you want a big bruise, and possibly a bloody nose.(Don't ask:scrutiny: :banghead: )
     
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  6. carterbeauford

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    Of course I have to ask :evil:
     
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    Federal sells a couple of different 3.5" buckshot loads. One has 27 Pellets of 1 Buck, the other has 18 Pellets of 00 Buck. I have no desire to try either one. :what:
     
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    I tried both of them in a Mossberg 835 and, even with the SpecOps Stock, they let me know they were heavy hitters. They are shootable but pack a wallop! I would not like to try them without the SpecOps.

    CaCrusin :cool:
     
  9. carterbeauford

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    How much would you be willing to pay for me to put the rear pistol grip from my other 870 onto the supermag, shoot one of the 3.5" 00 buck shells and videotape the whole thing?

    I didn't ever remember seeing those shells from Cabelas, but found them with no problem. I'll have to order a couple boxes soon and get back to you if I can still type.
     
  10. swampgator

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    Federal 3.5" Turkey loads out of an unported 835 is stout. I would imagine shooting 3.5" buck or slugs would be a little stouter. Might not be as bad in an 870 though.
     
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    Since Winchester came out with those Power Point 2 3/4 slugs at 1700 fps I haven't felt the need to go back to 3". If I was going someplace that had animals that could eat me, I'd take 3" Brenneke's at $3.00 per shot.:(
     
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    I think I saw some Franchi 3.5" buckshot shells at the local shop yesterday. I'll try to get another look here soon.

    BoomStick82
     
  13. Ben Shepherd

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    OK, since you did ask:

    When you get into a good hard stance with a good forward lean(because you KNOW it's gonna thump) DO NOT crawl the stock........

    If you do get your head too far forward, it is possible that the thumb on your trigger hand could punch you in the nose(VERY HARD I might add).:scrutiny:

    OR.......

    If for some reason you need to go home looking like you've been in a brawl, do this repeatedly.:rolleyes: Preferably switching shoulders a few times.
     
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    Lightfield makes 3.5" slugs for a 12 gauge shotgun. I haven't tried any yet, but the instant I get a shotgun that can handle 3.5" loads, I'll have to.

    http://www.lightfieldslugs.com/
     
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    Please don't.

    I worked in the Main OR at one time, and I have seen the results, the surgery and the physical limitations caused by this very thing - more than once.


    I have shot 3.5 00 buckshot from a Mossberg 835, bone stock. Gun fit and proper mounting gun to face and getting into shoulder pocket - I was fine.
    I also did it for timed hits, again, I did fine, just times slower than with 2 3/4" Federal 9 pellet 00 , or Federal 2 3/4" slugs.
     
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    I saw Lightfield 3.5" slugs for sale at Gander Mountain. They are a little pricey.
     
  17. Run&Shoot

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    Brenneke makes 3 inch 1 3/8 oz slugs. I know becasue I shot a few today. They really kick! They shot way low out of my Rem 870 Marine Magum. Not something you want to shoot a lot of at one time. Of course, if something was trying to eat me and I was likely to get only one shot off, then these mommas would be my choice for changing their minds (inside out).
     
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    Recoil of 3" buck/slug in an 870 is fully equivalent to elephant rifle recoil...

    Same loads in an 11-87 are much more tolerable...perhaps the best way to experience the reduced felt-recoil effects of a gas-operated autoloader.
     
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    Wont do that again.

    3.5 inch Federal 00 buck

    5lb NEF with 3.5 inch chambered turkey barrel installed.

    Hard Plastic butt pad.

    Fun but OUCH.
     
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    I have Winchester SuperX 3.5s in 00 buck 18 pellet havnt tried them yet, supermag 870
     
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    Hey pikid89, I'm guessing you stumbled on this thread by searching? Nothing wrong with that at all but did you notice the last time someone posted in this thread was three years ago. You may not get a quick response back from them.

    Read sm's post, he knows what he is talking about. Take care to get a good cheek wield and get it into your shoulder pocket and the recoil won't be that bad.
     
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    I fired a few (and i mean A FEW )Wincester 3.5" 00 buck shells through an autoloader. I think its an 18 pellet load at 1300~FPS.

    Very "stout" xD
     
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