1st experience with 00 Buck and slugs

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  1. ilpirata

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    Went to the range today with my 12 ga. '88 or '89 era 870 Express with an 18.5" Mossberg barrel, cylinder bore. I bought the barrel 20 or so years ago, never used it.

    I fired 15 rounds S&B 00, 10 rounds Winchester low recoil LE ranger slugs, 5 rounds Federal tru-ball slugs and 5 rounds Winchester 00 Buck of unknown vintage. All went "bang" and landed where intended, more or less.

    I started with "load one, shoot one." and then worked on follow-up shots. My primary focus was on safe and consistent weapons handling and getting somewhat objective observations on patterns and slug groupings.

    Overall I like the 870. The solid rubber recoil pad will get replaced with a 'modern' one. My technique needs some work but that's what I expected.
     
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    You lost me right after the "put a Mossberg barrel on a Remington".
     

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    Back then Mossberg made barrels to fit the 870, I think they still do. Less expensive than a Remington barrel if you could find one and we didn't have internet shopping.
     
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    And how does the shoulder feel today? *s*
     
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    Your a tough man .
     
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    My shoulder pocket is a little bruised and tender.

    I think next time I'll study up on proper mounting etc. before hitting the range.
     
  8. ilpirata

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    I wouldn't say that... Maybe "not exceptionally swift".
    I still call it a good day at the range because I had never patterned it with buckshot or shot slugs out of it.
    Now to make a couple modifications and do it again.
     
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    It would be fortunate if that gun accepts that 3.5" shells.
     
  10. ilpirata

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    I'm content with 3" at the moment.
     
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    Reminds me of some “test shots” we tried during self defense in and around vehicles. IMG_0066.JPG We did handgun rounds on the A pillar and I think a 00 buckshot and AR through the door panel
     
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    One of the times I shot slugs out of a shotgun, we shot into a fallen tree to see how far it penetrated. It didn't go in as far as we thought, but it bored a hole that a woodpecker could start a nest with.
    I took a defensive shotgun class one time. We put 500 rounds of double ought buck through our guns over the course of a weekend. My Remington 870 with an 18 inch barrel lacks any sort of rear sight, so I tend to put my face down onto the stock. I looked and felt liked I'd tried to go a round with Tyson after that one.
     
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    Shoulder that shotgun right cowboy! Every now and then when I shoot a case of shells thru a different shotgun than I normally shoot, I look like I have a "mouse" under my right eye.
     
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    Yep. It's a project: Master the combat shotgun.
    I have a couple of other 12 gauges I'll be taking out soon. Including my Browning BPS high-cap.
     
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    Why? Unless you are planning to go goose hunting?
    If you are loading up for humans 2.75 #1 buck or greater is the standard military and police load...

    3.5" is a miserable experience more than 2 or 3 at a time.. even 3 is not particularly fun
     
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    You answered the question with your last sentence, ma'am. :D
     
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    3.5" mag shotgun loads have a recoil equivalent in the range of a .458 win mag Elephant gun.
     
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    Yup... To me even worse than a 10 gauge
     
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    20 gauge is more than enough for defense against even the most determined feral recidivist humanoid predators. 20 pellets of #3 buck at 1200 fps will get the job done.
     
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    I have a love hate relationship with shotguns. Working through the classes with a 14” shotgun trying to load and shoot during the “slug fest” gets your shoulder feeling it and reload speed up
     
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