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I bought a couple boxes of the #7 1/2 shot a few years back just to try them. They're like a .410 load out of a 12 gauge gun. I didn't try them on any live targets, but I think they would be good for the things rswink mentioned, or some other small game at short ranges.

They work good in any break action gun, but not reliable for feeding in most pumps, and not enough power to cycle a semi.

One thing you'll notice is they empty your wallet twice as fast as buying 1 oz. 12 gauge promo loads!
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Yeah, everything I've read leads me to think they're good for jamming up a pump or semi, and emptying your wallet. I think one writer got it right when he said the minis are to satisfy the high capacity folks who expect every firearm to hold 19-30 rounds.
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My old Winchester model 97 pump gun cycled them fine. And you could get a bunch of them in the tube. The seniautos I owned at the time would not cycle them.

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My old Winchester model 97 pump gun cycled them fine. And you could get a bunch of them in the tube. The seniautos I owned at the time would not cycle them.
Same for me but w/ a Mossy 500.
Used them for rabbits and such, close range when hunting w/ dogs

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They make shooting my cut down SBS SXS 12gauge at lot more fun to shoot.

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Theoretically, light loads are supposed to pattern better in a larger bore. For instance, some of the old timers would shoot 3/4 oz loads in their 8 ga, which would be a .410 load.
Any comments from ye with experience?
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Perhaps as a indoor self defense load ? In 12 ga, it would likely stop an attacker, but may not go through the wall to hurt your daughter..


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I didn't know Federal is also making these shorties!

BTW - Does anyone remember hearing of a 12 gauge repeater some company was supposed to come out with way back when the Aguila shorty shells first hit the market? This would have been probably 15 or more years ago now. I distinctly remember reading a test in one of the gun rags on what I believe was a pre-production model that was specifically designed for the shorty shells (only). Can't remember if it was a semi or a pump. Only that it was foreign made and the manufacturer may have been affiliated with Aguila in some way.

I'm pretty sure it never made it into regular production. Just a big splash in one or two magazine tests and then it disappeared.

I find it interesting how there was a good amount of hoopla back when the shorty shells were introduced, but interest in them just as quickly died out and for many years they have been available, but very little was heard about them. Now there seems to be a resurgence in interest in them, reflected by Federal introducing some.
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