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#1 Post by Bucolic » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:29 pm

I picked up a couple boxes of these at the LGS yesterday. Cute little buggers. 1.75 inch 00 buckshot. I had previously purchased the requisite adapter for the Mossberg 500 - you can see it in the port. It was about $15 from Amazon.com.

I have not fired them but I did a trial load and I can fit 9 of them, just barely, in my gun. It hold 5 2.5inch shells nominally. I’ll try to get to the range later this week and see how they feed. First impression is that I would not bet my life in their ability to feed reliably but they could be fun. Price is about $1 apiece so I doubt I will shoot hundreds of them.

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#2 Post by Bisbee » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:36 pm

Looks great for HD purposes. More rounds in the magazine and even less worry about over penetration.
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#3 Post by K9s » Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:33 pm

If your adapter is the plastic one, practice with it a LOT before using those expensive shells. I found that the adapter kept popping out a bit. It wasn't something I would depend on.

It would have been fine if the Aguila shells were cheap to shoot, but they were really expensive compared to other shells when I bought them. The Aguila shells are said to only work well in a few shotguns. I have a Winchester Defender that works perfectly for the Aguila shells and I have heard that the Kel Tec shotgun also works well.

If you find those shells cheap, stack 'em deep... and tell me where you got them!
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#4 Post by Bucolic » Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:29 pm

Thanks. Will cycle many times. I am not convinced that it’s 100%. I have the rubber adapter.


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#5 Post by Sarge » Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:15 pm

Bisbee wrote:Looks great for HD purposes. More rounds in the magazine and even less worry about over penetration.

Might look that way.. about the over penetration.. but it isn't true.. the load is about 5/8th of an ounce of buffered OO buck going at 1200 fps .. the buffering typically keeps the pattern tighter and the 1200 fps is within the typical range of 2 3/4 OO buck shotshells so individual pellets are going to be , energy wise , about the same as a regular OO Buck shotshell just about half the number of pellets

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#6 Post by Simmer down » Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:38 pm

I saw a guy at the range with some. They seemed soft on his end but still looked to have a decent payload, judging by the paper.
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#7 Post by Bucolic » Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:48 pm

My big concern is reliable feeding and ejection. This is not my main HD gun at this time so I am not obsessing (yet). I think I could mount the adapter more securely but that would limit me to the little shells. I’m hoping that I can get to the range tomorrow but I really need to winterize the chicken coop so it may be later in the week.

I’ll try to remember to save some targets to look at patterns.
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#8 Post by Marlene » Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:22 pm

Do they make those things in 20?
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#9 Post by Bucolic » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:33 pm

I’m not sure. I have only seen them in 12 but I have not done an exhaustive search.


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#10 Post by Sarge » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:33 pm

20 gauge .. No, only see 12 gauge in the catalog 7 1/2, BOO buck, and 7/8th ounce slug, sorry

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#11 Post by Bucolic » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:38 pm

I finally got to the range today and put thirty of these pricey little guys through my Mossberg 500. No feeding problems whatsoever. They are a blast, literally and figuratively. The recoil is like a light birdshot load. I can put 9+1 of the shorties in my shotgun or 5+1 2.5-inch shells.

I am not ready to load these for HD and may never be, due to the dollar per round price but they are a lot of fun. Follow up shots are fast and my arthritic shoulder is not complaining at all.

Here’s a picture of the pattern at ten yards. Some shot missed the perimeter but most of the five loads were on the plate.


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#12 Post by K9s » Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:07 pm

Glad to hear that your adapter worked well! Can you PM the link to purchase that one? My plastic one is definitely not super reliable.

Those shells are fun to shoot, aren't they? The slugs are easy to shoot, too! After blasting through several boxes, I realized how much money I was sending down range. YIKES!

I really wish these were cheaper and that more manufacturers would make them.
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#13 Post by atxgunguy » Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:09 pm

Bucolic wrote:
Here’s a picture of the pattern at ten yards. Some shot missed the perimeter but most of the five loads were on the plate.


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#14 Post by Bucolic » Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:23 pm

Yeah, she’s deadly.

Btw, the OPSol mini-clip adapter is available from amazon for $15.


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#15 Post by K9s » Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:24 pm

Bucolic wrote:Btw, the OPSol mini-clip adapter is available from amazon for $15.
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#16 Post by Bucolic » Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:57 pm

I am not experienced with this shotgun and I keep shooting high. I am thinking about adding one of the XS peep sights with rail so I could add a red dot if desired. Anyone have experience with the XS shotgun sights?


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#17 Post by Bucolic » Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:57 pm

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#18 Post by TrueTexan » Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:38 am

Just saw the thread thanks for the info on the shells recoil I bought some to try out in my Shockwave have all three types bird, buck, slug. Think hard about them as HD. I have the laser light combo on the shockwave. Just waiting for a time to get out a shoot it.
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#19 Post by Bucolic » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:01 pm

I’m not sure I will ever shoot enough of these to rely on them for HD. But they are a real hoot. My experience is that the OPSol adapter is more reliable than the plastic one. Also, the latter may not work if you have a side saddle. YMMV, of course


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#20 Post by Bisbee » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:45 pm

Looks like your fuzzy RO that day was less than impressed by the performance...

Wondering if these mini shells can be reloaded? -or created from conventional shotshell components. Anyone try?
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#21 Post by Bucolic » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:51 pm

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I will save some hulls next time I shoot them in case anyone wants to try to reload them.


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#22 Post by ErikO » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:55 pm

These shells have me strongly considering the Mossberg Shockwave for HD. And 7/8 oz slugs sound like a hoot.
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#23 Post by Bucolic » Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:12 pm

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