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Phantom69
09-27-2011, 9:18 AM
Just picked up a 500 tactical. For HD situation, is there a preference between 00 Buck Lead or Steel shot? Both are devastating and will do the 'job'.

Steel - lighter but harder, shot pattern stays together, accurate over longer distances.

Lead - Weighs more, shot deforms slightly, less accurate at longer distances.


This needed to go into the Shotgun forum instead of the gallery. Guess I'll have to post a pic now!

pontiacpratt
09-28-2011, 6:12 PM
I took my Mossberg out to BLM last week to do my own un-scientific test on HD Shotshells.
http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/295754_179231568819353_100001975322540_399426_2076 966774_n.jpg
The top right is "Remington Ultimate Home Defense" Basically steel shot
The Bottom left is Winchester SXZ 00 Buck.
Both shot from about 15 feet out of a 20" Cylinder bore Mossberg 590
http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/296441_179233095485867_100001975322540_399450_3240 35973_n.jpg
You might want to rethink that steel shot would be a tighter pattern. Also be aware that the Bird shot only penetrated 3/4 of a phone book while 00 buck tore clean through.
So both doing "the job" is in question in my opinion.;)

pyro3k2
10-03-2011, 11:30 PM
If you are worried about over penetration with the 00 buck, test out some #4 buck. You will be very pleased, great pattern light recoil and an all around great round, only problem is finding it.

CharlesV
12-16-2011, 4:55 PM
My preference is that when the shot matters, use steel. Given the expense of steel for general shooting i use lead. #4 buck is great.

rojocorsa
12-17-2011, 11:45 PM
If you are worried about over penetration with the 00 buck, test out some #4 buck. You will be very pleased, great pattern light recoil and an all around great round, only problem is finding it.

http://www.sgammo.com/product/sellier-bellot/10rds-box-sellier-bellot-12ga-27-pellet-4-buck-shot

Done.