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F.I.E. 12 guage single shot

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Donald T Van Eck, Dec 4, 2019 at 12:59 PM.

  1. Donald T Van Eck

    Donald T Van Eck Member

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    Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum, I have an F.I.E 12 guage shotgun I bought new in 1983, and its been a reliable gun to use when I need it, my question is, is it safe to use double odd buck 2/34 shot gun shells in, or should I stay with the standard bird shot, the reason I ask is when I purchased this gun the salesman had said he wouldn't trust it for the loads I'm asking about, much appreciated for any response by anyone who has used this gun over the years
     
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  2. George P

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    The gun SHOULD be capable of firing those. That said, if these are running 1500+ fps, it might accelerate some wear. Secondly, depending on the choke it has, your patterns may or may not be to your liking, so hit the pattern board with a few varieties to see what your gun likes.
     
  3. Donald T Van Eck

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    Thank you, much appreciated, the gun is stock with a full choke barrel, I haven't used it in years but I was going to take it out and run a few rounds through it and planned on getting a box of the double odd, just for home defense, as back up to my Ruger P90 45
     
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  4. bearcreek

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    It's double "ought", my friend, not double "odd". :thumbup: Ought is an old term for zero.
     
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  5. Rex in OTZ

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    00 Buckshot through a full Choke?
    Thats kinda painfull to even think about.
    I remember as a kid my first 12GA was a old Stevens long tom with extra full choke, I grabbed a couple my Fathers Goose rounds T-Shot Nitro Mags.
    I wanted to hunt squirrels.
    Stupid kid, 12 ga stoked with heavy recoiling rounds and a oak tree full of squirrel.
    I missed the squirrel, shot off a branch and damn near broke my nose when the recoiling shotgun came up and smacked me.
    Yup the Good Old Days!:rofl:
     
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  6. Donald T Van Eck

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    Ouch, yes it does have a heck of a kick, so I guess that I shouldn't use that ammo on this gun, I was just hoping in an emergency situation It would be more effective in that shot, then a bird shot, Great story thank you for sharing
     
  7. Rex in OTZ

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    Id go with #6 duck and phesant loads.
    At 25 feet the shot wont have had a chance of spreading out yet.
    So its like getting hit with a light slug
    With all the pellets still bunched.
    Id try it on plywood to test it though.

    I do know when shooting 1oz brennike slugs, that the plastic slug wad will punch a hole through 1/4" plywood target backing at 15 yds & 20 yds.

    As I recall #9 up to #5 is called birdshot and #4 on the the 000 is Buckshot.
     
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  8. Rex in OTZ

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    'DTVE' Might your shotgun look like this?
    images.jpeg-7.jpg
     
  9. Donald T Van Eck

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    This is mine, quite similar IMAG0151.jpg IMAG0149.jpg IMAG0150.jpg
     
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    kudu Moderator Staff Member

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    Sorry but that is wrong, bird shot goes from 9's right on down to BB, BBB, there is #4 shot size and #4 buck, large difference.

    Here is a chart showing most sizes to understand the numbers. https://www.ballisticproducts.com/Shot-Information-Data-Tables/products/595/

    Donald, welcome to The High Road. A reduced recoil buckshot load should be fine in your shotgun, but I wouldn't feed it a steady diet of those loads. Full choke may make the pattern open up pretty quickly, but inside 15 yards should be fine.
     
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  11. Donald T Van Eck

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    Thank you for all the info, haven't used this gun in about 20 years so I forgotten a lot of what I used to use. Very much appreciated
     
  12. bearcreek

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    If I were you, and assuming your P90 is reliable, I wouldn't put much effort into finding a buckshot load for your single shot. Keep that for hunting, that's what it's for. :thumbup:
     
  13. Koroner

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    Where can I get some of that double odd buckshot for my collection?

    Will it work in my arquebus?
     
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