|Tried 5 rounds of this out the other day. Gotta say it kicks hard even in a semi-auto (Mossberg 930 spx). First with the good: I made my own layered target to shoot with this round. I used 3 pieces of regular 2x6 lumber and put 3 1-inch thick phone books in-between the wood. So, Wood-phone books-wood-phone books-wood. This was all duct taped together super tight. The target, once taped together, weighed about 15 pounds. When I shot it, it blew backwards about 3 feet and the energy caused the duct tape to break apart in spots. The first piece of wood had a very clean hole punched through it and so did the first phone book. However, the next two phone books saw rapid expansion as they were pretty much turned into pulpy shreds. The third phone book showed a hole about 2 inches in diameter with tears spreading about 4 inches in diameter. The slug was retrieved in the middle (2nd) piece of wood but almost punched all the way through. That piece of wood was split in half and had splinters and "sawdust" everywhere. With the grain it was split. Across the grain, the impact evidence spread about 4 1/2 inches in diameter. The slug was still completely intact once retrieved and measured about 1 3/4" in diameter.
Now for the negative. In the autoloader shotgun, which has a 3 in. chamber and fires other 3 in. rounds without problem, had issues ejecting this round. The problem is that the casing, once fired, expands the entire length of the shell by a half inch or more. Thus, it has trouble making clearance out of the gun. However, with a round like this, are you really going to load up a bunch and shoot them in rapid succession? Depends on your philosophy of use.
Accuracy? Fired 3 rounds at 100 yard target and saw 4in. accuracy. The 18" SPX smoothbore barrel probably had a bit to do with this. The wind was also a bit higher than normal. The round dropped approx. 5 1/2 inches at this distance.
The ejection issue is my reason for the 4 bullets rating. Hope this helps you make a decision!|