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Old 06-27-2010, 18:27   #1
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2 3/4" VS.3" Magnum Buckshot?

My main defense load for my shotgun (18.5" barrel) is 2 3/4 inch buckshot (nine pellets) a friend of mine say's I should use 3 inch magnum shells. I understand the magnum shells have somewhat more power, but I think regular 2 3/4 inch will get the job done just as good, and with less recoil. I would like to hear what you guys think.
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Old 06-27-2010, 19:32   #2
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2 3/4 00 buck will work just fine, and like you said they have less recoil. Police officers who are more likely to encounter multiple perpetrators at further ranges than home defense might like them, although many officers use the 2 3/4" size too.
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Old 06-27-2010, 20:22   #3
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I won't use 3 inch again in my 500 or 870 - way too much recoil for me. Plus, I load my own BK and can load 12x00 bk over Blue Dot that is somewhere in between commercial 2.75v and 3 inch ammo - if I want. I've been moving towards 8 or 9 pellet 00 rounds with good velocity and tight patterns.
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Old 06-27-2010, 22:50   #4
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3" shells will also cost you a shell's worth of capacity in a tube magazine.
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Old 06-28-2010, 01:33   #5
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Regular ass buckshot is fine, however, in my early years our department load was 2 3/4" magnum 00 buck which has 12 pellets. I'm used to it and still use it. Don't need it for HD but I have a gun shop on my property and should there be a problem it is mostlikely going to be out side. With that in mind I like the extra lead.
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Old 06-28-2010, 09:58   #6
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IME there are very few PDs that use the magnum loads for general use, and even fewer trainers that recommend them. For the usual scenario the 2.75" round works quite well. In fact, there is some pretty good evidence that going even lighter (the reduced recoil or "tactical" buck) will tighten groups without giving you any significant loss of performance for normal defensive use.
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:17   #7
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In general, aside from Federal's Flitecontrol stuff, a three-inch buck shell will give you increased recoil levels & patterns that open up more rapidly than a 2 3/4-inch version.

I see no practical reason to go with a three-incher in standard versions, you slow down recovery time between shots and you decrease your useful range with buck.

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Old 06-28-2010, 16:44   #8
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Thinktwice, I'm with you and the rest of the boy's on
this one.
For HD the 2 3/4" is just fine. No need for the extra
cost or recoil of a 3" Mag.
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Old 06-30-2010, 22:18   #9
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for back country I like 3" mag buck in the pipe backed up with 2 3/4" slugs in the magazine.

but for HD I go 2.75 9 pellet or #4 Buck. sometimes I mix the two with the last round a slug.

whatever my paranoia is for the day.
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Old 07-01-2010, 20:49   #10
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What about reduced recoil 00 buck and slugs w/ flite control from Federal?

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Old 07-01-2010, 21:31   #11
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The reduced recoil 00 buck works great. I used some for a shotgun 1 class and it patterned well, and the recoil wasn't bad. I prefer this type of loading.
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Old 07-01-2010, 21:40   #12
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Up close & personal, faster is better than mo' powah.

At any distance a 2 3/4 buck won't work, use a patrol rifle, or slugs. That wouldn't be HD use.

I don't think a more lethal weapon always results in a more lethal gun/shooter combination. I tell folks use the gun you shoot best. If that's not the gun you're currently using, why not?
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Old 07-01-2010, 21:52   #13
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Because that gun is an Air Soft.

Its certainly fairly easy to become proficient with a shotgun at home defense distances.
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Old 07-02-2010, 10:39   #14
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Reduced recoil buck will generally shoot tighter.
So-labelled "Reduced Recoil" loads achieve it by lower velocities, with lower energy figures.
The Flitecontrol buck is achieving a good rep for tight patterns.

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Old 07-03-2010, 04:53   #15
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2-3/4" 12P 00BK copper plated Vital Shok patterns very well.

Another alternative is the 16P 1BK Winchester.

3" is not necessary.
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Old 07-04-2010, 10:14   #16
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Pardon the pun ....don't over kill. Unless you live in the great white North where Mr. Bear lives I'd be happy with the 2 3/4
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Old 07-04-2010, 11:11   #17
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3" shells will also cost you a shell's worth of capacity in a tube magazine.
Agreed.

2-3/4" shells work just fine for HD purposes. Not really any need (IMNSHO) for 3" shells, inside. (Unless you're in a warehouse.)
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