Originally Posted By IsotopeGear:
The shotgun is the most versatile weapons system out there IMHO. By simply switching the ammunition I use, I can go from hunting a 1500 pound moose to a half pound dove with the same gun (my apologies to my military friends for using the G-word). The variety of ammunition is its' strength - and weakness. This is a thinking man's tool. Ammo selection to the task at hand is key. It is not a rifle. If you want a rifle use one. Or use a slug in particular situations. There has begun a cult in the self defense community in recent years, that if your buckshot pattern isn't the size of a dollar bill at 40 yards, your ammo is crap. Really? Two concepts: 1) Know your pattern and, 2) ammunition selection based on task at hand.
We are talking about buckshot here. I concede that a tight pattern for a particular load gives an extended range vs a load that is more open. But what about hit probability during movement? And what about groups of stuff? A quarter sized group of buck is more likely to miss a moving "thing" than 9 pellets the size of a watermelon. Are we so worried about stray pellets/shot we have forgotten about selecting ammunition to the task at hand? A group/pack of feral dogs? A gang/group of crackheads? A running coyote? A running crackhead...
My point is, that a load that patterns "big" has a specific application vs one that is stupid tight at the same distance. By understanding a shot pattern, YOU can intelligently select the situation that this round would best fit. Don't discount something because you don't know where to apply it. Know what it does, then figure out if/when you can use it. That is the whole point of patterning.
Thanks for the education. You really ought to consider the guy you are talking down may know more than you give them credit for.
I am well aware of patterns, what they are, how they act, and what uses they serve. I am of the opinion, one shared by the vast majority of folks who carry shotguns for serious use, that a tight, predictable pattern is desirable in defensive situations. Cheap, shitty ammo not only patterns poorly, its quite unpredictable. Flite Control loads are also considerably more accurate than any other buckshot, most especially the cheap Super X type stuff. This, to me, is a far larger benefit than the size of the shot pattern. In addition, the reduction of the size of the pattern causes more severe, concentrated tissue damage. Its not a cult that believes such things, its the majority of those who know better. There is no place in a defensive situation for stray pellets. None. This is isnt hunting or sporting clays. The Flite Control wad has risen to the forefront of the defensive shotgun for a reason, and CDI points aint it.
Cheap shitty buckshot has its place. Serious defensive use is not one of them.