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Thread: Federal Shorty shotshells.

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    Federal Shorty shotshells.

    Anybody have experience with the Federal Shorty shotshells. They come in 8, 4 and a rifled slug. I have a Winchester 1300 Defender. I keep it fed with Flite Control OO or a 'tactical' slug for the last ditch zombie gun.

    Just wondering for fun and maybe matches.

    If there was a thread on it, I didn't see it. I know other short ones have a bad reputation in some guns for reliability.

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    I tried both brands in all the commonly available pumps including your 1300 and never had reliable function. I had a full case of the other brand and had fun experimenting but never found a shotgun that would operate reliably with them unless the guns were single shots or double barrels.

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    I have a double-barrel 12 gauge Stoeger coach gun. I'm inclined to try a box or two of the slugs, and see how they pattern out of it just for funsies.

    Other than that - nope.

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    I was unaware that Federal made shorty 12 gauge rounds. I had only heard of the Aguila ones. Their buckshot load is a mix of 1B and 4B.

    https://www.aguilaammo.com/shotshell/
    (click on minishell tab)

    You may be SOL with the Winchester. There is an adapter for the Mossberg pumps to run the minishells:

    https://www.brownells.com/shotgun-pa...rod113616.aspx

    I think running these minishells out of a Mossberg Shockwave with the adapter just might be a hoot, but I haven't messed with it yet.

    Since my dad does have a Mossy 500, I ought to order the adapter...it's cheap enough, and a happy-place LGS about an hour away had some Aguila mini's on the shelf the last time I was there.
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    Federals are the same size as the Aguila so if your gun requires an adapter for Aguila it would need them for the Federal as well. I have been using the Nobel Sport 2.25 inch mini buck which doesn't require the adapter. They work fine out to 15 yards(i.e. stays on a man sized target) which is much further than any where I would be shooting in my house with my mossberg shockwave. They also recoil a hell of a lot less than my federal flight control.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Whitlock View Post
    I was unaware that Federal made shorty 12 gauge rounds. I had only heard of the Aguila ones. Their buckshot load is a mix of 1B and 4B.

    https://www.aguilaammo.com/shotshell/
    (click on minishell tab)

    You may be SOL with the Winchester. There is an adapter for the Mossberg pumps to run the minishells:

    https://www.brownells.com/shotgun-pa...rod113616.aspx

    I think running these minishells out of a Mossberg Shockwave with the adapter just might be a hoot, but I haven't messed with it yet.

    Since my dad does have a Mossy 500, I ought to order the adapter...it's cheap enough, and a happy-place LGS about an hour away had some Aguila mini's on the shelf the last time I was there.
    Last edited by rathos; 05-30-2019 at 01:41 PM.

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