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American Hunter Magazine Article

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For all you new guys, and old guys, there is a great article in American Hunter Magazine December 2003 issue, page 44 titled
"Magnum Shotshells Reconsidered" by John M. Taylor.

Very good information regarding Magnum shotshells and whether they are really needed or not.

Here is an excerpt:

"When working up the Federal/Hastings Metro System it was determined that it took a downrange velocity of 600 fps to ensure lethality on Canada Geese. Started with a muzzle velocity of 850 fps, at 55 yards a Federal BB tungsten/iron pellet is going 612 fps, and at 35 yards the BBs are traveling at 724 fps"

Very interesting reading and I may have to go out and buy me some slower loads next time I go goose hunting. Save my shoulder some wear and tear. The load he's talking about there had a recoil of 10.4 ft-lbs. That is absolutely NOTHING. A 3.5" 1 9/16oz Steel BB load at 1300fps has almost double that will less lethality.

Great reading and it may save your shoulder and your wallet in the long run.
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Hey tex, Great article I saw it too. My feelings exactly!! Alot of what sells nowadays has to be new stuff. The marketing guys can only promote so much of the old things... How mad does one have to be at a duck or turkey to use a 3.5" Mag shell at 20-40 yards!!?? Anyhow the 2 3/4 stuff is much easier to find, shoots softer and is cheaper also. Just another thought. Be well all.
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