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JD
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USA
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Posted - May 11 2017 :  4:20:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was at the range this week sighting in a new Mossberg 590A1 shotgun, 9 shot, 20" barrel, ghost ring sights. I sighted it in at 50 yards with the Sellier & Bellot Special Slug Sport 1 oz. slug load (My favorite slug load. Very accurate and reduced recoil so it doesn't kill your shoulder.).

Once that fun was done, I tried some Federal Tactical 00 reduced recoil 9 pellet loads. I had the original load, and then the same load with the Flite Control wad. At 25 yards, the original load produced approx. 12" groups from the cylinder bored barrel (Not bad, and much better than I expected...). The load with the Flite Control wad produced 6" groups. Both groups were nice and round, with the pellets evenly distributed.

At 50 yards, I only tried the Flite Control load, and it gave approx. 13" patterns. Very impressive!

Both buckshot loads had points of impact that matched very closely to the sights that had been zeroed for the slug load.

As expected, the Mossberg 590A1 chugged right along with no problems. I'm a happy camper!!!!

JD

Edited by - JD on May 11 2017 4:21:11 PM

Dov
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USA
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Posted - May 11 2017 :  5:21:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, I didn't realize the non premium brands had Low Recoil slugs available.
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Evan
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Posted - May 11 2017 :  5:32:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Either load will kill you deader than Martha Washington!

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alnico357
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USA
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Posted - May 25 2017 :  8:23:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm interested in shot patterns at 30 feet, the longest distance in my home for a shot. Loads of #4 buck and OO buck have all stayed on an 8X11" square, less than chest width. Standard 2 3/4" 12 ga shotgun shells are devastating.

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Ace
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USA
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Posted - May 26 2017 :  02:49:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'd recommend avoiding the 4Buck, smaller pellets have less chance of penetrating to get where they need to go.
If by 'devastating' you mean they make a vicious-looking hole, of the two choices mentioned I'd suggest stay with the 00; if 'devastating' means it hurts like heck to shoot, my suggestion would be the Flite Control reduced recoil load. In the event the fan gets dirty, you likely wouldn't notice the recoil all that much anyway, but more comfortable practice will help build confidence---and save on the Aleve budget.

Then again, my choice of load is a slug. An old-timey Foster slug doesn't hurt a thing--except the bad guy--, they're inexpensive, easy to find, not over-penetrative, and proven. Ace

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Jim Higginbotham
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Posted - May 26 2017 :  09:47:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Ace

I'd recommend avoiding the 4Buck, smaller pellets have less chance of penetrating to get where they need to go.
If by 'devastating' you mean they make a vicious-looking hole, of the two choices mentioned I'd suggest stay with the 00; if 'devastating' means it hurts like heck to shoot, my suggestion would be the Flite Control reduced recoil load. In the event the fan gets dirty, you likely wouldn't notice the recoil all that much anyway, but more comfortable practice will help build confidence---and save on the Aleve budget.

Then again, my choice of load is a slug. An old-timey Foster slug doesn't hurt a thing--except the bad guy--, they're inexpensive, easy to find, not over-penetrative, and proven. Ace



I don't make many recommendations but I would observe that I won't use #4 buck on anything that weighs more than 50 lbs.

The lowest I'd go on buckshot for defense is #1 but I like 000 better and am not dissatisfied with 00.

Even so I like slugs a LOT! Then again, I know where everyone is located in my house at night - there are only two of us and the dog.

Jim H.

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