posted on Aug, 1 2005 @ 11:24 AM
How long? sorry, i don't follow you there.
Maybe, you mean distance?? If that is the case i am very sure i could hit a man sized target at 150 yards with a slug. I wouldn't call that an extra
ordinary shot either. I saw a good balistic table in one of the earlier posts about how far each type of "load" can carry but it all comes down to
the shooter. With a typical rifle can an average soldier hit a man sized target at 150 yards? Numbers will vary on the soldiers service and natural
talent but only 50% will hit anything further out.
compare ballistic energy of a 223 round with a 1oz slug at 100 yards- i think a shot gun still wins.
(sorry about the long link i haven't figured out how to make them shorter yet)
223= 1070 ft lbs at 100yards
slug=2325 ft lbs at 100yards
clearly the shotgun is still more leathal than the standard issue military rifle at 100 yards by a factor of ~2.3 to 1 !!!!
i would not consider using either for a sniper weapon though
the 223 does not carry enough energy and i hugely affected by the wind
the shot gun is more difficult to keep on target
If you are after something farther out use a larger center fire cartridge- 308 is standard military issue but i do not care for it. 7mm Rem Mag is
flatter shooting and maintains a lot more energy for that type of shooting.
Buckshot on the other hand and the type of barrel i use- maximum effective range maybe only 25 yards. A "full cylinder" choke on the gun (20 inch
barrel) does not do much for keeping a shot pattern very tight. Heck just last week a measured pattern of 00 buck from 15 yards was ~24 inches. Spread
nine pencil diameter holes throughout a 24 inch circle and there is a lot of open space in there. Much farther out and a whole man sized figure could
be entirely missed even with perfect shot placement.