A 250 round case lot of potent 00 buckshot from Hornady’s Critical Defense line. This is a substantial load for the 2 ¾” shell with the 8 pellets of 00 Buck travelling at 1600 fps out of the cylinder bore. The load offers fewer pellets but more velocity than most 00 Buck which contributes to better hitting power and penetration which ultimately leads to more opportunities for bleed out and stopping power. The harmony of the speed and the lower pellet count offers something most 00 buckshot doesn’t offer: definitive penetration on each pellet instead of the typical “overwhelming force” concept of most 00 buck payloads. This is advantageous for a couple of reasons: it offers reduced risk to other occupants in a space (like a CQB event in a home) and it also improves the individual pellet penetration.
Hornady has loaded a very nice self-defense and law enforcement style shell with a sophisticated power curve and a significant payload that isn’t overkill, without detracting from the stopping power of the round. The high base shells operate more effectively in semi autos and pump guns with less functional concerns and the top-quality build means you can get the type of reliability that Hornady is famous for.
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