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 Posted 7/14/2013 4:56:59 PM
 

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Here's a post of mine about Hevi-metal performance that stirred quite a few comments on other waterfowl forms.

Here are some pattern results of mine comparing the patterning performance of several low-cost factory 12ga 3" 1 1/4 oz #2 steel loads against the Hevi-Metal 12ga 3" 1 1/4 oz #2 steel/#5 Hevi-pellet load to give you an idea of the kind of performance you might get.

Of course, it should go without saying that you’ll need to pattern the loads through YOUR gun/choke to confirm the kind of performance you get. And, if you want to know what your load/choke/gun is doing at your max range then you must shoot/pattern it at that range!

Patterning results from a 12-gauge 3" Remington 870 Special Purpose with a 28" barrel and factory flush Rem-chokes (pattern average of five, 30" post-shot scribed circle, yardage taped muzzle to target, in-shell pellet count average of five, and true choke constriction from bore gauge).

12 GA 3" HEVI-METAL LOAD 1 1/4 OZ
#2 REGULAR STEEL (101) & #5 HEVI (63) & FLAX SEEDS (164 TOTAL PELLETS) @ 1,500 FPS
40 YARDS – Mod. (.018" const.) / pattern 93 (58%)

12 GA 3" FEDERAL SPEED-SHOK WATERFOWL STEEL LOAD
1 1/4 OZ #2 STEEL (154 PELLETS) @ 1,400 FPS
40 YARDS – Mod. (.018" const.) / pattern 115 (75%)

12 GA 3" REMINGTON SPORTSMAN HI-SPEED STEEL LOAD
1 1/4 OZ #2 STEEL (152 PELLETS) @ 1,400 FPS
40 YARDS – Mod. (.018" const.) / pattern 110 (72%)

12 GA 3" WINCHESTER XPERT HI-VELOCITY STEEL LOAD
1 1/4 OZ #2 STEEL (146 PELLETS) @ 1,400 FPS
40 YARDS – Mod. (.018" const.) / pattern 106 (73%)

Shoot what you like but according to Roster's lethality table all of the above loads, with that modified choke tube, would be effective at killing mallard sized ducks out to the distance tested.

Anyway, now you can be the judge.

Good luck.
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 Posted 7/14/2013 10:11:49 PM
 

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I certainly appreciate your efforts and am not at all surprised with your results. It seems so much of the fancy "dazzle me " loads are just hype and hot air. I still shoot plain ol' steel and kill 'em just fine so long as I do my part and put it where it needs to be!

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 Posted 7/15/2013 2:14:30 PM
 

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It's good info thanks for sharing. And ive patterned expensive loads with cheap steal and they all hold about the same nice pattern the thing with hevi shot that i've noticed is the shear knock down power on ducks more consistently that steel loads. Not saying steel wont kill ducks cause i'm in college and heck thats all I can afford most of the time. But when I can find hevi shot for a good bargain I buy it cause it just knocks the snot of those ducks. But I still love my rio blue steel!

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"Wider chokes, thicker gumbos"
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 Posted 7/15/2013 7:11:12 PM
 

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There were only 63 hevi pellets in the load and while I agree that hevi pellets do perform good the hevi pellets in this load are designed to match the performance of the steel pellets in the load.

"Are the pellets in the new HEVI-Metal the same as in HEVI-Steel?
No. HEVI-Metal shells use a layer of large steel balls beneath a layer of lethal high-density balls. All of the pellets have the approximately the same ballistic performance and lethality – there are just many more of them in HEVI-Metal shells than in any other shells. The high-density pellets weigh less than the steel pellets, but have less wind resistance, so they carry lethal energy out to 40 yards and beyond (for the larger sizes). Couple that advantage to our larger wads, and you can see how we get more pellets into the shotshell."

Info straight from Hevi's web site.

Now you can be the judge!

Good luck.
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 Posted 7/16/2013 5:31:51 AM
 

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I've shot it as well as Heavy Steel when it was avaialble, good stuff but honestly never noticed any difference in how it drops birds compared to Federal Premium Ultra shoks I shoot at $130.00 per case.  
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 Posted 7/17/2013 1:40:59 PM
 

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Guess im out of context im referring to regular hevi shot.

"A duck call in the hands of the unskilled is conservation's greatest asset."

"Wider chokes, thicker gumbos"
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 Posted 9/10/2013 10:15:50 AM
 

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Joe Hunter (7/15/2013)
"Are the pellets in the new HEVI-Metal the same as in HEVI-Steel?


I would like to point this part out as Hevi Metal is a mix of Steel and Hevi Shot pellets, whereas Hevi Steel when it was around was a special better then steel but lighter then hevi shot load.  Was a great one, but Hevi Metal is superior in my opinion. 

It was introduced as a merger between regular steel and hevi shot and has done an amazing job hammering fowl for me for several years now!
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 Posted 9/15/2013 9:55:41 PM
 

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"Are the pellets in the new HEVI-Metal the same as in HEVI-Steel?


rebelcj7 -- For the record, that was not a question I ask, it was from their web site.

"Are the pellets in the new HEVI-Metal the same as in HEVI-Steel?
No. HEVI-Metal shells use a layer of large steel balls beneath a layer of lethal high-density balls. All of the pellets have the approximately the same ballistic performance and lethality – there are just many more of them in HEVI-Metal shells than in any other shells. The high-density pellets weigh less than the steel pellets, but have less wind resistance, so they carry lethal energy out to 40 yards and beyond (for the larger sizes). Couple that advantage to our larger wads, and you can see how we get more pellets into the shotshell."

Info straight from Hevi's web site.

I reported what I found when I cut open 5 shells for inspection before my patterning work.

12 GA 3" HEVI-METAL LOAD 1 1/4 OZ
#2 REGULAR STEEL (101) & #5 HEVI (63) & FLAX SEEDS (164 TOTAL PELLETS)

Good luck.


Edited: 9/15/2013 9:56:24 PM by Joe Hunter
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