Winchester 12g police low recoil ammo


#1

Why “low recoil”? It means “less power” to me. Is it a less lethal type or just another marketing gimmick?



#2

Low recoil ammos allows faster follow up shots and tighter patterns.


#3

In a shotgun the felt recoil can be made to appear less sharp by using slower burning powders but this is not really all that compatable with the shorter barrels


#4

Yes, the velocity is lower and/or shot load is lighter.


#5

The low recoil loads are often used as training loads. Some of the earliest used for training were used / developed by the FBI (Bill Vanderpool) in the 1990’s called Thumper by Remington. When a lot of 00 Buck goes downrange low recoil is a factor.


#6

Many agencies (including mine) issue low/reduced-recoil shotgun ammo for police duty use. A good example is the standard Federal F127RS rifled 10z slug which is advertised at 1600fps. The ‘low-recoil’ version (LE127RS last I checked) clocks lower, a bit under 1200fps last time I tested them. Buckshot rounds are similarly ‘downloaded’.

Given the smaller average size, lowered average strength, and diminishd shooting familiarity of the average US police recruit in the last 10-15 years, the lower recoil shells can also increase confidence with the weapon since the recoil is less severe. Police training courses often run several hundred buckshot and slugs in a day, so the RR loads can make the difference between “YEAH we get to SHOOT today” and “oh man I don’t want to shoot the 12 gauge”. I’ve run the Winchester, Remington, Brenneke, Hornady and Federal reduced-recoil loads in several shotguns (14 to 22 inch barrels) and in each instance the perceived recoil is less.

For hunting/stopping large game, where shots out to 40-50yds (and beyond) with shotguns are common, the standard/high velocity shell helps with trajectory and wounding capability. A majorty of US police engagement ranges (even with rifles and shotguns) are well under 25yds, so the ‘extra’ velocity isn’t always necessary.

The low-recoil loads also offer increased penetration in many cases. Standard vel shells cause the slug/pellet to deform/flatten in the target. Lower velocity typically results in tighter patterns as well from most police (Improved Cylinder choke, 14"-20" barrels).

The wounding effect of the low-recoil buckshot and slugs loads is not significantly diminished in my experience (otherwise I would not issue them).

www.le.atk.com has some good shotgun ballistics resources.

I strongly prefer the Federal reduced-recoil FliteControl (LE132) load for buckshot. I still carry full-power Brenneke slugs, since they have the benefit of longer practical range and increased barrier penetration.