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Bullfrog

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Ballisticproducts.com's buckshot
« on: June 13, 2018, 06:29:53 PM »
https://www.ballisticproducts.com/Lead-Buckshot/products/65/

This site gets posted from time to time on airgun forums as a place to get cheap plinking roundball. I've always shied away because I didn't trust it. There's a warning that their products are not for airguns. It made me concerned that perhaps the alloy is too hard for rifled barrels.

I finally tried some #1 buckshot from this company this weekend in my .30 Flex. My Flex will group them with pellet-like accuracy at 50 yards and shoot them at 900fps to JSB's 870fps on my current tune. At 100 yards the buckshot drops too much to be effective and also spins off easily in the breeze. For a 50 yard plinker it does awesome. Cost for 1360 pellets is a hair under $50 after shipping. Compared to 1360 JSBs, which would cost you around $120 give or take (after factoring in 2 free tins but not factoring shipping or other discounts in).

I reached out to ballisticproducts.com to ask them why they warned against using the product in airguns. The rep said that the only reason they discourage airgun use is because they don't test the rounds in airguns and can't vouch for accuracy or for how well they would otherwise fit an airgun. But he said that they use no steel in their lead alloy and that the alloy is no threat to any steel, rifled barrel. The alloy is a soft lead alloy with antimony added for hardness.

I'm going to try their .25 buckshot for my Condor for plinking ammo. It also works out to be significantly cheaper than .25 JSBs.



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Re: Ballisticproducts.com's buckshot
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2018, 06:40:13 PM »
Their buckshot varies in size quite a bit within one bottle.... enough that in some calibers they go from rolling down the barrel to being impossible to chamber.... That is why they don't recommend airgun use.... I have their .360 diameter and only about 1/4 of it is usable in a .357 cal barrel....

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Re: Ballisticproducts.com's buckshot
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2018, 07:51:24 PM »
Wouldn’t a hard, non conforming .360 projectile be too large for a .357 barrel anyhow by several thousandths? So far I’m not having an issue with the .300 shot. But the TJ barrel is supposed to be .300, correct? I would figure a variance a hair or two above or below .300 is something the barrel can handle.  But if you’re starting at .360, which is already larger than the bore, and then factoring in variance, wouldn’t most of the shot fall on a spectrum of being too large?

Is there a better way to measure the shot besides calipers? I have some digital calipers I can use to measure some with.

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Re: Ballisticproducts.com's buckshot
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2018, 09:00:19 PM »
All I can tell you is that the diameter of the #000 buck ran from about 0.352" (way too loose) to 0.362" (could not be chambered)…. I also have some of the #1 buck and #3 buck, and have the same problems with it in .30 cal and .25 cal barrels.... terrible inconsistency....

If it's working for you, then great.... I'm just telling you why Ballistics Products put their airgun warning on the website, it was because of complaints from airgunners about inconsistent sizing.... In a shotgun it doesn't matter, of course....

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