May want to concider a 16ga or even a 20ga.My 15 year old daughter shoots a 20ga and handles it very well.If you are going to try deer hunting with it then definitly go with the 12ga.Just get a heavy one and it will reduce the felt recoil.
That I know of 000 buck is the largest size shot you can get.Not sure about the size but I believe it contains 9 pellets.More pellets as you go down.00 - 0 - #1 etc.This info is for 2 3/4 shotshells.You can look on any manufacturers(remington,winchester etc) website for specifics on size and number of shot.
I was just wondering if anyone on the forum was aware of the answer?
The Dixie Tri-Ball buckshot load contains three .60 caliber, 315 grain hard cast lead "pellets." This load, moving out at 1100 to 1200 depending on length, has got to be the biggest commercial buckshot out there. That 945 grain payload is right at 2.25 ounces!
Last Year I started testing the standard Dixie Slugs brand 3 inch Tri-Ball II buckshot loads through may 870 Express with a 26" barrel. Using a Briley extended Full choke tube (.695 exit diameter), three consecutive shots at a measured 40 yards put all 9 of the .60 caliber pellets into a 6.5 inch pattern! Better yet the pattern centered just 2 inches above the point of hold using just the bead and vent rib for sights!
This year, I tried some of Dixie's new Tri-Ball III buckshot. This is a 3.5" 12 bore load with three 315 grain hardened lead .60 caliber pellets. The velocity increased from 1050 fps from the 3" Tri-Ball II to just under 1200 fps with the 2 1/4 ounce payload. In my 870 Express Super Mag with a 26" tube and the same Briley choke the patterns were even tighter. Some as tight as 3 inches at a measured 40 yards. Although most patterns hovered just under 5 inches. The crazy thing is this load also hits just above the point of aim with the bead on the vent rib barrel!
This load ought to slap down any buck or hog running in the thick stuff. This has got to be the biggest most penetrating buckshot load ever stuffed in a 12 bore hull.
This is the tightest full choke pattern fired at 40 yards on an 8" bullseye. The worst patterns were not much larger.
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