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buckshot

A type of large (lead) shot—from 0.24 to 0.36 inches in diameter—which fills shotgun shells used for hunting large animals, such as male deer (bucks).
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The typical 69-caliber, paper-wrapped musket cartridge of the day contained three buckshot over a single roundball and was not a load you wanted to be facing if within 200 yards of the shooter.
Winchester's Supreme Elite PDX1 loading for the 2-3/4" 12 gauge is composed of three, copper-plated 00 buckshot layered in Grex buffering media over a 1-ounce Foster-type, Power Point slug--a real hammer load, clocking 1,150 fps.
At 15', (left) the slug and three buckshot formed a centered group of 3-1/2" with the wads flying out into the 9 ring.
At 30', (middle) the slug is still centered, the three buckshot have formed an evenly distributed triangular group of 6" around the slug, and the wads are still punching through the 9 ring.
At 50', the slug is just shy of the 10 ring at 3 o'clock and the buckshot continues to deliver a perfect triangular group of 13" centered on the slug.