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"Buckshot Is For Bucks" circa 1957
« on: March 11, 2018, 09:45:56 pm »
In the 1950s buckshot did not exactly have a stellar reputation, but in states like New Jersey buckshot was the only legal method of taking deer.  Indeed, there were even myths regarding the best choke for buckshot, as the author clearly shows. But the crux of the article revolves around a New Jersey gunsmith who found a better way.

Take a moment or two to read this mid-20th century buckshot tale and then let's kick it around a bit.

GUNS Magazine July 1957

Scroll down to page 33.

http://gunsmagazine.com/1957issues/G0757.pdf
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    Re: "Buckshot Is For Bucks" circa 1957
    « Reply #1 on: March 12, 2018, 02:31:43 am »
    Well, I can't say I agree with all their conclusions but it might be interesting to experiment with the .36 caliber pellets in todays hulls.  I think the fact that he was using cast shot instead of drop column shot may have had a lot to do with the success of his loads.   :hmm
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    Re: "Buckshot Is For Bucks" circa 1957
    « Reply #2 on: March 13, 2018, 10:45:49 am »
    In the 1950s, buckshot pellets were normally formed from soft virtually 100% lead.  Also, if memory serves correct, 000B was not available in factory ammo at that time.
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    Re: "Buckshot Is For Bucks" circa 1957
    « Reply #3 on: March 15, 2018, 07:43:12 pm »
    "STEPCHILD of the ammo industry is the buckshot shell for deer. It has acquired such s a poor reputation as a deer stopper that many states have legislated against its use."
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    Consider that one of the better 9 pellet factory 00B patterns, in the article, revealed only 5 hits in 24 inches would be considered pathetic by todays "in the know" buckshot hunters.  Only the worst of the "el cheapo" factory buckshot on the market today would rival this low level of pattern performance. 



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    Re: "Buckshot Is For Bucks" circa 1957
    « Reply #4 on: March 15, 2018, 07:56:58 pm »
    Agreed.  The state of the at has advanced considerably since then.
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    Re: "Buckshot Is For Bucks" circa 1957
    « Reply #5 on: October 09, 2019, 09:10:40 pm »
    Update article link:

    GUNS Magazine July 1957

    Scroll down to page 33.

    https://gunsmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/G0757.pdf
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    Re: "Buckshot Is For Bucks" circa 1957
    « Reply #6 on: October 09, 2019, 11:24:26 pm »
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