Centuriator Posted August 11, 2018 Share Posted August 11, 2018 (edited) So...got it all properly lubed up and checked out and took it out to my gun club for the first time. I had two purposes today: shoot it for the first time and hopefully break it in a bit so I can shoot target load through it, and perhaps even more importantly, I wanted to try out Federal Premium Tactical loads with the Flite Control wads. I should mention that I have extensive experience with shotguns and with the M4 in particular, so I know it is not me, that is, not properly mounting it, and it ran perfectly with slugs and the higher power buck...but... read on. I bought three different types of 00 Premium Tactical Flite Control 3" Maximum 2.75" maximum 2.75" reduced recoil I fired each type five times from the following five distances: 35 yards 25 yards 15 yards 10 yards 7 yards I began by putting five slugs through it, really high power stuff. Ouch. Pretty much expected it but the recoil was really quite rough. Would NOT want to shoot much of it at one time. Then moved to the 3" loads. Definitely felt those too. Got a good kill zone pattern with it at 35 yards, and of course, it just kept tightening up the closer I got. At 10 and 7 yards, the bad guy target had a fist sized and even small gaping hole in his chest, pretty much blew his heart out. The 2.75" Maximum performed great too, good pattern, much less recoil. The 2.75 reduced recoil was awesome, but .... had failures to eject from the chamber, repeatedly. For the purpose of my experiment, I got all the distances covered with each load and will post pics below once I have them sorted out. BUT I was really disappointing with the M4 not ejecting the husks wiht the low recoil. I loaded it up to the max with the low recoil stuff and repeatedly had failures to kick the husk out and reload the next round. Bummer. I knew it would not work, but I three in 8 rounds of heavy target stuff and it choked and would not eject the husk, I had to do it manually. The good news is the the Federal Flite Control stuff is awesome, works just as advertised and I can most certainly see myself using it as my "go to" defensive load, will probably stick with the 2.75" Maximum just to boost capacity The bad news? My M4 is NOT even able to kick out the low recoil stuff, let alone target ammo. Suggestions? Is it just a matter of shooting 100 or so full power 00 loads through it or more to loosen it up the springs or something? Edited August 11, 2018 by Centuriator Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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