Remington 870 shotguns are used for a variety of purposes such as hunting and home defense. The only problem novices seem to have is choosing the right ammunition to use with their shotgun. If you’re shooting birds, then you probably think of birdshot because the word “bird” is in the name. If you want to hunt deer, then you probably figure slugs are the best. But there is a third option called “buckshot” that is shotshell which can be used for hunting and home defense.
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Shotgun Shells Explained – Types Of Ammo (Birdshot, Buckshot, Slugs)
2 new interesting chokes from Carlson’s company which is well known for shotgun owners. This company manufactures barrels for Remington 870.
I didn’t have a chance to test them, so if you have any info, please leave a comment.
Remington Express Buckshot is #4 buckshot with 27 pellets. It has special Power Pakt buckshot loads which “contain a granulated polyethylene filler material which cushions and protects the shot pellets, reducing shot deformation and improving patterns.”
Recommended for home defense or deer hunting. Recoil is very comfortable.
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The effective range or kill range is not the same thing as the actual range of the round. When out hunting you certainly do not want to waste rounds firing at targets too far away. If you are using buckshot, it may only wound the animal you are firing at and the animal may not ever bleed out. First, however make sure you know what your pattern is at various ranges. Buckshot at 35 yards is probably the effect range for deer hunting. You can of course strike the target at greater distances 50 to 75 yards but you are not as likely to have a kill shot.
Purchased some shotshell reloading supplies. Bought smokeless powder, shotshells with primers and slugs. Will start reloading soon. Need to buy several more tools and some other shotshell components.
Can’t wait to start reloading!
Smooth and Rifled Barrels
Your ammunition choice depends on what you are shooting at. A shotgun shell or sometimes referred to as a “shot shell” is loaded with either shot or a slug. Most shotgun loads are designed to be fired from a smooth bore, in other words the barrel is not rifled. There are however, dedicated shotguns with rifled barrels that are more accurate, but making it unsuitable for firing shot. Shot would simply wear the rifling away and this of course will defeat the purpose of the rifled barrel. There are shells for self-defense and various shells for hunting game. Shot is traditionally for bird and small game whereas slugs and buckshot are for larger game.
This is buckshot from Ukrainian manufacturer – Takho.
RIO Royal Buck Buckshot Ammo Review
This is review of the RIO Royal Buck. This is buckshot I used in shotgun buckshot pattern test.
This is good buckshot ammunition but it has wide shot pattern because it doesn’t have container wad. Actually, the shell is clear and it is easy to see what’s inside. but here is what you can find inside the shell:
The shotshell has smokeless powder. It looks like green/brown rounded flakes.
RIO Royal Buck is good ammunition when you need wide shot pattern.