have had several friends write me to ask,
"My wife doesn't like the recoil of
a 12 gauge. How about a 20 Gauge for home
Well, let's see what we can determine.
We will use the Waterbox O' Truth to measure
According to a recognized expert, DocGKR,
"Be aware that water generally reveals
the maximum upset which can occur to a projectile
in soft tissue -your actual result in living
tissue may be somewhat less. You can also
use the water testing to get a rough estimate
of bullet penetration depth in soft tissue--bullets
penetrate approximately 1.6 to 2 times as
much in water as in soft tissue."
is the set-up.
We have a layer of denim over a layer of
terrycloth to simulate semi-heavy clothing.
The water jugs are touching the back of
will use my old double barreled 20 Gauge
shotgun and my Mossberg Maverick 12 Gauge
to do the tests.
We will shoot from an across-the-room distance
of about 15 feet.