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#4 Shot (Lead)

Shot or buckshot is simply lead or steel pellets of varying diameters loaded into shotgun shells (shot shells). The size of the shot dictates the intended use of the shell and is the same for all shotgun gauges (the larger the gauge, the more pellets per shell). The smaller the shot number, the larger the pellets (0000 is largest, #9 is smallest). 0000 to #4 is referred to as buckshot and #5 to #9 is called birdshot.

The difference between lead and steel pellets is that the lead deforms on impact; steel holds its shape, therefore penetrating further. (Always check with your range before buying regarding any prohibitions against bullet compositions).

#4 Buckshot is about 6.09 mm (0.240") in diameter and is primarily used for hunting ducks and turkey. While it can be used for defense purposes, it is not recommended due to the amount of shot and the spread pattern.

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