and picked up a box for testing. Box looks like this,
Now, if someone's going to bitch that this isn't a full, in-depth test, then convince someone to give me a few boxes of this and something to compare it to and I'll do it. Till then, this is what you get.
Also, no bitching about photography; Oleg Volk I ain't.
Ran down to H&H to try this stuff, taking it and a box of Winchester Ranger low recoil 00 buck to compare it to. Both are labeled 'low recoil', and I've found the Winchester to be definitely lower than standard buckshot. Winchester says theirs runs 1145fps; the Fiocci is labeled 1150, so you'd expect them to feel about the same. And they did.
Added: this was with a pump shotgun with an 18" barrel, no choke.
Results at ten yards
They sounded different, the Fiocci having what I'd describe as a sharper report.
Fiocci definitely had more muzzle flash. Nothing horrible, but noticeable.
Neither gives patterns like Federal Flitecontrol, so if you need that, get Federal. If you want something that'll work just fine at down the hall or across the room distances, the Fiocci or Winchester should work just fine. And the Fiocci comes in a box of ten for $5-7 depending on where you get it; that makes practice more affordable.
Thus ends this review.
Update: from comments,
If you ever see any, try the Herters loads sometime. I keep the Mrs' HD
12-ga stoked with their mini-buckshot shells. Fit six instead of five in
a Mossberg 500 and while they are only 6-pellet they are 1200 fps and
in the living room I think they will be just fine for a smaller-statured
shooter. She says they are less recoil even than the Winchester
8-pellet reduced-recoil Ranger I keep in the bedroom gun.
I haven't seen this ammo, so I can't comment on it; from this I think I need to find a box to try.
Also, if you haven't heard of them, Aguila makes some mini shotshells, both buckshot and slugs. I've tried them, they're low recoil. Please note the warnings at the bottom of the Midway page: many(probably most) repeating shotguns will not feed these reliably without modifications, and they cannot be relied on to cycle the action of a semi-auto.