TNOUTDOORS9
TNOUTDOORS9 28 May 2019
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12 GAUGE 2 3/4" #4 SHOT GEL TEST

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12 gauge #4 shot (not to be confused with #4 buckshot) is cheap, low recoil, and is available pretty much everywhere. Is it effective for home defense, compared to other options, or best utilized for target practice and hunting small game? Using Remington 2 3/4" #4 shot, we'll fire a round into a ballistic gel block at 10 feet and look at the results.

The key point I'm trying to illustrate is whether or not this mid-range 12 gauge load has the potential to produce sufficient penetration, in volume, that could stop a viable threat in the home setting. We should understand that simply conveying to a threat the presence of a firearm can be a deterrent (a highly preferred outcome), but unfortunately this isn't always the case with an individual or group determined to commit bodily harm, or worse.

I'm using Remington 2 3/4" shells, 1 1/4 oz. shot, 1330 fps; approximately 125 pellets. Product number is SP124. This particular shell can be purchased in bulk at WalMart and numerous sporting goods outlets, plus online. Test gun is a Mossberg 590A1 Special Purpose with a 20" barrel, cylinder bore choke.

ORIGINALLY UPLOADED AUGUST 18, 2012

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RobertM
RobertM 3 months ago

Hey guy. Nice to see you back after a long absence on your YouTube channel. Really like your ammo evaluations and shooting demos. Like this one also. I have always been a proponent of birdshot inside a home (where shooting will be 20 feet or less, not yards) as the only viable means of shooting when family members are also in the home so as to prevent over penetration that could potentially hit family members. Specifically #4 Turkey load. Its not just for using on turkeys. Thanks for sharing.

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TNOUTDOORS9
TNOUTDOORS9 3 months ago

Appreciate it! I'm active on YouTube again but moving some content here. I may upload new videos here before they go to YouTube. Whatever I can do to draw traffic to Gunstreamer.

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RobertM
RobertM 3 months ago

@TNOUTDOORS9: Anything YouTube censors you can put here on Gunstreamer. They don't censor. Thanks so much for this ammo demo. It just confirms what I knew all along and there are plenty of coroners who will also confirm the effectiveness of birdshot for home defense. I do like your content. So great to see you putting up videos again. You got my sub.

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