Magnetic shotshell pellets

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The popular Youtube user Taofledermaus┬áhas put some interesting things in his shotgun, much to our entertainment, but probably to the disadvantage of his own equipment. This time he had the idea to use magnetic balls as buckshot, loaded into 12 gauge shells. He experiments with two types, one a solid clot of magnetic balls, and the other with a hollow space in the center. In both situations, for the most part the balls fell apart in flight, but in some cases the balls stuck together. I can’t tell what advantage this would have, in any situation, because normal buckshot certainly does fine. But it is a neat idea and nice to see it in execution. The balls are 5mm in diameter. The other video I posted below this is an example of the odd stuff this guy shoots out of his Benelli Supernova…



Miles V

Former Infantry Marine, and currently studying at Indiana University. I’ve written for Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal, and have had a teenie tiny photo that appeared in GQ. Specifically, I’m very interested in small arms history, development, and Military/LE usage within the Middle East, and Central Asia.

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  • John

    The magnets are probably going slower than normal pellets would due to eddy currents

  • Jeff Heeszel

    Thanks for featuring my videos!

    • Griz

      You have balls my friend. I wouldn’t put half that crap into a shotgun. May I ask why not use a cheap 870 or 500 for the testing?

      • Jeff Heeszel

        Typically the objects we shoot are lighter than lead, and are nested inside the shotcup so the don’t contact the barrel. In other words, the shotgun can’t tell the difference between shooting frozen wieners or a deer slug.

      • Giolli Joker

        Using a shotgun rated for 3.5″ Supermag shells as the Supernova probably gives a bit more confidence.

  • gunsandrockets

    Cool. Empiricism rocks.