Saturday, December 8, 2018

Buckshot at a distance

Interesting video that proves what many assume. Buckshot pellets are lethal far beyond the range at which the pattern is still holding together in a tight clump. See also:

This information should both warn and reassure. It should warn you that the pellets are dangerous a long way downrange, making you very attentive to Rule Four, and it should reassure you that you are not altogether helpless if you must defend yourself with buckshot at a distance. Your pattern density will be appalling, truly hit and miss, but the pellets are dangerous if they hit. You can increase your effective pattern density with multiple shots at the target. That is a "spray and pray" tactic and not very good, but it does exist and is worth knowing about.


1 comment:

  1. I performed a different test to find same results; I shot both of these loads by simultaneously pulling both triggers on my coach gun. The damage to my shoulder told me that the double ought was superior. It was an accident that I did not re-check when the double ought was in the gun before pulling the triggers. 'Low Recoil' is a relative term.