Joined: 12 Mar 2005
For some strange reason, the winchester shells all kick harder than most other makes in any given shot weight and velocity range. Their 1 ounce, 1150 fps 16 ga load is about the most uncomfortable I've ever shot. I think it has something to do with the amount and type of ejecta besides the shot. The last bunch I fired strew confetti-like garbage with every shot. It was annoying.
That said, I think you will find that any standard velocity 1 ounce 16 gauge load is a might too heavy for most average target work- especially if the gun weighs at or around 6-1/2 pounds or less. The only reasonably affordable alternative is reloading. there are some nice light 3/4 to 7/8 ounce recipes that will handle 99% of any recreational shooting you might do. The 3/4 ounce skeet loads are both effective target smashers and just plain fun and painless to shoot.
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