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How big is the largest commercially available buckshot?

That is what caliber are the pellets and how much does each weigh?
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!
 

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You won't Believe the tight patterns.

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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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There is buckshot and there is BUCKSHOT!

There is a world of difference between the little .33 caliber, 54 grain, 00 buckshot and the Dixie Tri-Ball .60 caliber, 315 grain BUCKSHOT!

You will get complete penetration on any reasonable shot taken on whitetail deer with Tri-Ball loads. Three through and through .60 caliber holes let in a lot of air and let out a lot of blood.

Don't confuse the Dixie Tri-Ball with those little 00 buck loads!
 

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Tell us more!

i tried these tri ball things and wasnt pleased. I took a 50 yard shot at a doe and almost lost it. one ball missed the deer, one was just under the skin on the shoulder blade, and the other one lucky enough hit the lung and heart. I myself dont like them or buck shot in general. Just me though. Its seems like too big of a chance to injure the deer.
Please tell us the rest of the story. What gauge shotgun were you using?
What brand of ammo were you using? What was the size or diameter of the buckshot? Had you patterned the ammo at that distance?

I highly doubt it was Dixie Tri-Ball. The Tri-Ball from Dixie Slugs is legally buckshot but the comparison ends there. Those 315 hard cast .60 caliber move out at 1050 to 1150 fps depending on the length (3" or 3.5"). These strike just as hard as the .44 Magnum at the range you describe and cut a larger hole.

So like Paul Harvey, tell us the "...rest of the story."

RMc
 

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You could be right RMc, but I still prefer the biggest buckshot of them all, called a slug. LOL

The slug will bring down any Buck Shot, Get It. LOL

AJHunter

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I understand you folks up in Maine occasionally shoot a few moose each year. I have personally seen the Dixie Terminator 12 gauge round penetrate just as deep in a test medium as a .416 Rigby factory round (Federal brand) loaded with 400 grain Nosler Partition bullets. The Dixie round also blew a bigger hole! The Terminator amounts to a .73 caliber rifle with a 730 grain hard cast, heat treated bullet at 1200 fps. The Terminator was designed from the ground up as modern day version of the late 19th century ammo used in British 12 bore rifles.

RMc.
 
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