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The Kel Tec Shotgun (KSG) is one of the most innovative riot guns out there with its bullpup stock design and twin magazine tubes. However, what if I told you that you could, with the acquisition of some equally innovative shells, make it twice as effective? Well keep reading.

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A KSG with Aguila Mini Shells by KTOG user Cultgti

The use of "Mini-shells"

On a good day, you are able to carry 6 rounds of 3-inch magnum, 12-gauge shotgun shells in each of the KSG's mag tubes. This gives the typical shooter 13 rounds at the ready if both mags are full and there is a round in the chamber. However, the twin 20-(ish)-inch long tubes can be of more use with shorter length shells. While switching to standard 2.75-inch shells only increases capacity by one shell in each tube for a 7+7+1 load, going further down in size can get even better.

Centurion/Mini-Buck

Nobile Sport Italia (NSI), based in Livorno, Italy, is one of the biggest names in shotgun shells. While European-based, they export shiploads of shells each year to the States. They have a solid market in their blue box line of law-enforcement marked buck and slugs that include a smaller-than-standard 'Minibuck' loading.

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This loading, sold by J&G and others as both blue-boxed Minibuck and Orange-boxed Centurion, run about $7 per box of 10 shells. These 2.2-inch (2 23/64) shells contain a 6-pellet load of 00 buck. While this is about a third less pellets than a comparable 2.75-inch shell, the hull is also more than a half-inch shorter as well. The overall meaning of this is that you can fit 8 Minibucks into each tube of your KSG, giving you a 17-shot capacity.

Aguila Mini-shells

Mexico-based Aguila ammo has been making shells and components since 1961 and in the past couple decades have become increasingly involved in the U.S. markets, gaining a name for themselves to the extent that even the Civilian Marksmanship Program extensively stocks their loadings.

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A few years ago, they introduced their 1.75-inch Mini-Shell in loadings that included a very effective 11-pellet combination of both #4 and #1 Buckshot that still achieves an impressive 1200 fps in velocity. Shop around and you can pick these up for as little as $0.75 a round depending on how many you buy. They also sell a 7/8-ounce slug in the same size and a 5/8-ounce load of #7 birdshot for those moments that you may want to dust small critters around the homestead.

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While these shells are finicky in Mossbergs and Remingtons, and will not cycle at all in semi-auto guns, they seem to work just fine with the KSG as witnessed below in videos referred by the guys over at ENDO :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSDdn3cYIfc#t=146
Hank Strange, Kel Tec aficionado, doing work with a 24-shell load of Mini-Shells in his KSG

Moreover, to follow-up, we have a bonus video from shakeyshooter showing just about the same performance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxPl-uPCutE

Does anyone load Mini-Shells or Mini-Buck? What's your experience? Let us know in the comments below.
 

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I load my KSG with the Aquilla Mini, I go 12 rounds of buckshot in one tube & one in the chamber. I load the other tube with 12 Aquilla slugs. I've shot these several times at the range & I must say they are perfect for the KSG. It turns an already formidable weapons platform into a weapon of mass destruction! The recoil from these rounds is similar to shooting a handgun caliber carbine. My KSG shoot these rounds flawlessly, they're the perfect house protection rounds. I shot the slugs from 50 yards and they were very accurate. I do have a video of me shooting these on YouTube, with Kendrick Lamar music in the back ground. http://youtu.be/F2N5JUYu2Rs
 

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I was going to try this but figured I'd need to modify the KSG to get it to work, or I'd have heard about this already. After all, anyone who wants a 7+7+1 12 gauge would like to have a 12+12+1 12 gauge... right? Suddenly learning the KSG likes mini shells is like learning I knew how to play the piano but had never tried. As if anyone needed another reason to buy a KSG. Perfect timing because the initial feeding frenzy is finally subsiding and the KSG is available at semi-sane prices... until these videos make the rounds. Then we won't find KSGs or mini shells!
 

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I still have a few Aquila shells on hand from a couple of boxes I bought years ago. Now I just need that KSG! I entered Hank's GAW! Fingers crossed. ;)
 

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Use the mini shells as loads for my pistol grip double bbl Stevens...will have to get my own KSG before I can try them in it! Have been looking for one for some time now, but very hard to find.
 
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