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The American Rifleman did a very nice article on hevi-shot. They took a scientific approach and hired a company that specializes in high speed photography and the analysis of projectiles in flight. They cleared up some of the myths about it. They also applied it in the field. Their conclusions are that the stuff is definitely worth it for bird hunting that is not done at close quarters (like, don't bother with it for woodcock or quail), but for ducks and pheasants they say it's fantastic.

One interesting statistic is that, at 40 yards, the velocity retention is significantly better than for lead. They chrono'ed it at 40 yards and at the muzzle. This is backed up by penetration tests they did on gamebirds.

Sounds like wonderful stuff.
 

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I've been thoroughly impressed with Hevi-Shot. I've been shooting it for a few years now. I used it when environ-metal first marketed it in a 7.5 shot for waterfowl. I picked some up from a local dealer to try and was very impressed with them. Most of the shots were over decoys at thirty to forty yards. I shot several duck that day, gadwalls mostly, with a 2 3/4 inch O/U 12ga. Just about all the ducks were hitting the water dead not requiring additional "water shots" to finish. Tried some of the Remington Hevi-Shot #6's last year for turkeys and again wasn't disappointed. Fired three shots and killed three turkeys. One was walking away from me at 36 yards. Some of the pellets hit him in his back passing through the chest cavity coming to rest in the breast muscle. I'll be shooting 'em again here in another couple of weeks. The only downfall I find is with the cost, roughly two dollars apiece, reloaders don't have it any better I think I was quoted about $97.00 for 7 lbs of loose shot. It's good but not good enough for me to kick out 100.00 yet. Just be careful on your choke selection as it is very hard stuff..
 
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