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Old November 23rd, 2011, 07:45 AM #1
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Ultimate Home Defense load: Fed LE132-1B

Federal is working on a new home/self defense load based on past testing of buckshot terminal performance. The new load, LE132-1B, will utilize 15 #1 buck pellets (.30 caliber) in the Flite Control wad in a reduced recoil cartridge.

Why this over all others?

According to testing done by the IWBA (via Firearms Tactical):

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Number 1 buck is the smallest diameter shot that reliably and consistently penetrates more than 12 inches of standard ordnance gelatin when fired at typical shotgun engagement distances. A standard 2 ¾-inch 12 gauge shotshell contains 16 pellets of #1 buck. The total combined cross sectional area of the 16 pellets is 1.13 square inches. Compared to the total combined cross sectional area of the nine pellets in a standard #00 (double-aught) buck shotshell (0.77 square inches), the # 1 buck shotshell has the capacity to produce over 30 percent more potentially effective wound trauma.

In all shotshell loads, number 1 buckshot produces more potentially effective wound trauma than either #00 or #000 buck. In addition, number 1 buck is less likely to over-penetrate and exit an attacker's body.
Alas, until now, not many companies have offered loads using #1 buck and the few loads out there did not offer the additional features (plated shot, pattern control wads, etc) that they did with most 00 and 000.

So how does it perform?

Pretty damn good:

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This looks to be a GREAT load. Here is a repost of some testing from another forum I frequent:......

Based on IWBA data, Don Hacklander from San Diego Police Supply and I have been discussing the potential of a properly designed #1 buckshot LE load for many years--with Don's help and the efforts of some folks at ATK, this has now finally been brought to fruition!

We shot the new Federal #1 buckshot, 15 pellet, 1100 fps "Flight Control" load (LE132-1B) yesterday out of a generic 18" 870P, including patterning from 5-35 yards, as well as a bare gel shot at 7 yards. In bare gel, all 15 of the 30 caliber plated pellets penetrated in the 14-18 inch range.

This new Federal LE132-1B #1 buckshot load offers IDEAL terminal performance for LE and self-defense use and is the best option for those who need to use shot shells for such purposes.

Below are a couple photos of patterning shots at 7 and 25 yards:




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We did some additional testing with the new Federal LE132-1B #1 buckshot load. The load chronographed with a MV of 1095 fps from an 18" 870.

Through an automobile windshield at 3 meters, 2 badly deformed pellets were noted at 5", 3 pellets were at 8-9", while the remaining 10 pellets were found at 12.5-15"--not bad for buckshot load. Keep in mind that slugs are the preferred option when engaging threats inside vehicles.

In bare gel when shot from 3 meters, we again saw penetration of all the pellets from 14-18", as noted in the photo below:




From what I can tell the load hasn't hit shelves yet, but when it does I plan to pick up a good amount and test it for pattern and function. This might become the number one defensive shot load on the market.
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It'll be interesting to see how this performs in multiple tests. But from the looks of it, it could bump the 00 buck as the best defensive load.
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No drywall testing?
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No drywall testing?
I have no doubt that will come along with time. Again, this load hasn't hit the market yet.

I sent an email to Old Painless of Box of Truth to see if he'd be interested in putting this through the ringer. I offered to send a few boxes if I can get my hands on them.
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I'll stick with slugs TYVM.
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#1 Buck is probably the most effective buckshot size there is (JMHO), and this is LONG overdue. I haven't been able to find it in quite a while and I'm down to less than 25.

#000, #00 and #0 are all a bit big in a 12 gauge, reducing pellet count and pattern density to marginal levels with the biggest pellets. New developments in buffering materials and wad technology has helped a lot, but it's not where it should be.

Everyone is captivated by the huge (#000~.36" & #00 ~ .33") pellets in the bigger sizes, but frequently overlook the fact that they spread out pretty rapidly and you can probably drive a truck between the pellets at longer distances.

If you want a dense swarm of decent size pellets, a good load of #1 Buck is just the ticket.

LOL at the "drywall testing". If it won't effortlessly go through a couple walls, it's obviously not powerful enough for dependable defensive use.
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LOL at the "drywall testing". If it won't effortlessly go through a couple walls, it's obviously not powerful enough for dependable defensive use.
You know someone is going to ask about it.
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LOVE the flight control wad they use, I'll be looking for this.
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Heard back from Old Painless:

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Hi Nate,

As a matter of fact, I spoke with Hal Price of ATK just a week ago about this load, and he assured me that as soon as they are available, he will send me some for evaluation. I have been talking with the guys at ATK for a couple of years about this load, and they are finally going to market some.

I am looking forward to the loads, as I am sure they will be the “best of the best”.

Thanks for the note,

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#1 Buck is probably the most effective buckshot size there is (JMHO), and this is LONG overdue. I haven't been able to find it in quite a while and I'm down to less than 25.

#000, #00 and #0 are all a bit big in a 12 gauge, reducing pellet count and pattern density to marginal levels with the biggest pellets. New developments in buffering materials and wad technology has helped a lot, but it's not where it should be.

Everyone is captivated by the huge (#000~.36" & #00 ~ .33") pellets in the bigger sizes, but frequently overlook the fact that they spread out pretty rapidly and you can probably drive a truck between the pellets at longer distances.

If you want a dense swarm of decent size pellets, a good load of #1 Buck is just the ticket.
Couldn't agree more on all points.

#1 buck offers nearly double the payload of a 00 buck cartridge while still offering good-great terminal performance.

The spread of 00 with such a low payload of 8-9 pellets is what turns me away as you mentioned.

I mean this is the typical spread at 20-30 yards with traditional 00 buck:


(Wolf 2 3/4" 9 pellet 00 buck at 20 yards)

Of course the Flite Control wad does reduce the spread considerably at that range, but even still there is are huge gaps in the pellet dispersal. Now double the amount of pellets and add the Flite Control:



Mmm, that's what I'm talking about!
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