Unobtanium Posted October 25, 2018 Share Posted October 25, 2018 When it comes to shotguns, we have all heard the "Don't get an SBS, it limits your range!" and then we have people chime in saying "No it doesn't, with equal chokes, you get nearly equal patterns, and with slugs, they are just as accurate", to which the rebuttal "But the velocity will be less and the shot/slug won't hit nearly as hard from your SBS as from a "full size" tactical shotgun barrel like an 18.5 or 20"" Then we are left with a bunch of conjecture and confusion and very little real data and both sides kindof walk away without having actually unpackaged anything from the debate. I have long held the opinion that with at least low-recoil ammunition, the girth matters more than the length, when it comes to shotguns. Bore VOLUME is what matters, and considering the amount of powder in a shotgun shell vs. length vs bore ID, there has, in my mind, always been plenty of bore volume to make up for lopping off several inches of length because of the large ID of a 12 gauge bore. Regardless, conjecture is what we want to get away from, so I decided to actually test the theory and see if the bore ID of the 12 gauge made up for the bore shortening in the case of the SBS. Today, I tested low recoil ammunition, since it's so popular. Tomorrow, or soon, I will also test full-power ammunition, and see if the trend changes because of the larger amount of powder involved. Average velocity of 14" firing LEB127LRS (rated velocity, 1300fps) 1180.6fps, calculated kinetic energy (assuming 438gr), 1356ft-lb Average velocity of 18.5" firing LEB127LRS (rated velocity,1300fps) 1215.2fps, calculated kinetic energy (assuming 438gr), 1436ft-lb Average velocity of 14" firing LE13200 (rated velocity, 1145fps) 1088fps, (energy per pellet, assuming 50gr pellet weight) 131ft-lb Average velocity of 18.5" firing LE13200 (rated velocity, 1145fps) 1125.25fps,(energy per pellet, assuming 50gr pellet weight)141ft-lb With the slugs, the 14" SBS gave up 34.6fps, and 90ft-lb of kinetic energy. With buckshot, it gave up 37.25fps, and 10ft-lb per pellet (90 total) of kinetic energy. This is the equivalent of 6 yards in distance of flight travel, presuming a G1 BC of 0.07. Across Federal's low-recoil LE ammunition, this is a very uniform result, and I have a high level of confidence in its accuracy due to this. Thank-you for watching, and I hope this answered any questions you may have had on the topic. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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