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Buckshot - tightened pattern (Federal/Hornady) or not?

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by Boring, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. Boring

    Boring

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    What are your thoughts on the use of reduced pattern buckshot (federal LE series/hornady TAP) v. standard spread buck (WW Military Buck/Remington Express)?

    Do you believe that we should strive to extend the range of the shotgun at the expense of spread...or should we retain as much spread as possible out of the weapon, but accept the sacrifice of range in order to get it?

    At what point in either direction, tight pattern or spread, are people making a shotgun into something less effective than it should be?

    In reference to 18.5" 20" weapons, the kind use for most home defense, what's your thoughts on the most reasonable compromise on spread v. range for buck?
     
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

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    All other things being equal: in the home -- where distances are typically predictable, and typically relatively short -- the wider pattern loads make more sense, "saturating" more vital organs with a centered hit.

    For all around, such as police patrol, where distances are less predictable, the tighter-patterning loads make more sense to me.

    YMMV,
    Mas