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Questions on the following 12 gauge ammo

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by BlueHeelerFl, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. BlueHeelerFl

    BlueHeelerFl Member

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    How would the following ammo rate for self defense? And is that #2 buck shot? I haven't owned a shotgun in a long time and have forgotten a lot about them.

    I found this ammo in a box of shooting supplies from my family house up north. I had to move my Mom down to be with me for medical reasons and packed in a hurry

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  2. Fine Figure of a Man

    Fine Figure of a Man Member

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    It isn't Buck Shot it's just a light load of 2 shot. I don't know why it's called "personal defense" and it would be a poor choice for it IMO.
     
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  3. I6turbo

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    That would be #2 shot, not buckshot. #2 shot would, according to most "expert" opinion, NOT be as good a choice for stopping a determined 2-legged threat as buckshot.

    Edit: Fine Figure beat me to it. :)
     
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  4. 1KPerDay

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    Better than #8 shot...
     
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    kudu Moderator Staff Member

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    At closer range, less than 20 yards, it would be formidable. I have dropped coyotes at 50 yards with #2 shot going about 1300fps. Penetration was most of the way through the coyote. Might not be the best choice for defense, but it certainly isn't the worst by a long shot.
     
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  6. lemaymiami

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    Any basic 00buck in 2 3/4 is all you'll ever need for two legged critters at close range (under 15 meters...). You have to see the damage to believe it....
     
  7. icanthitabarn

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    No thanks
     
  8. John Joseph

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    Federal no longer manufactures this load according to their website.
    That should be a clue.
    I'd use it for practice and get a couple of factory fresh boxes of 00 Buck for HD
    But I'm a wee bit leery of relying on defense loads that are older than my toaster!
     
  9. cdb1

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    If that’s all I had to use at HD distance I wouldn’t lose any sleep over it. If could afford buckshot I’d get some though.
     
  10. George P

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    LIGHT load? Not hardly; it's 1-1/4 oz; just right....#2s will decapitate you at bedroom distances or cut your knee in half............
     
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  11. Fine Figure of a Man

    Fine Figure of a Man Member

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    I wouldn't want to get shot with it but at 1140 fps it's just a trap load of 2 shot. I'd guess limited penetration of indoor walls was a sales pitch.
     
  12. George P

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    Shotgun ammo velocity can drop off quickly; usually, the faster it starts, the faster it slows, so at in home distances, that is a non-starter
     
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  13. cdb1

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    #2 shot at 1140 doesn’t sound benign to me.
     
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  14. Jim Watson

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    When it was newly on the market, I shot some of it at various inanimate targets and it did not compare well with "tactical" buckshot.
     
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