|Bullet Weight||Not Applicable|
|Bullet Type||#3 Buck|
|Ammo Caliber||20 Gauge|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||1140|
|Cost Per Round||$4.40 per round|
This is a standard length 2-3/4” load, packed with 17 pellets of #3 buckshot. Those are 1/4” diameter lead balls, totaling approximately 0.9 ounces in weight. #3 buck is smaller and lighter than 00 buck, the shot pellet more commonly used for law enforcement and personal protection. But this 20 Gauge shell deals out more than ample power for self-defense: over 1,000 ft lbs of kinetic energy counting all of its #3 buck pellets together, which is right on par with Dirty Harry’s 44 Magnum.
Smaller shot pellets have two great advantages. They are less likely to pass through the target or multiple layers of wallboard, which in turn decreases the risk of jeopardizing an innocent bystander. Smaller shot pellets also strike their target in a thicker pattern, which may help to compensate for a poorly-aimed shot.
Barnes has loaded hunting shells since long before they began offering specialized self-defense ammo for sale. These are reliable shotshells from the Beehive State, with responsive primers and consistent heads, hulls and powder.