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#3137456 - 01/24/13 12:52 PM Hevi-Shot
Chuck Norris
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Are they worth the price? Any other shells shoot as good?
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#3137483 - 01/24/13 01:02 PM Re: Hevi-Shot [Re: Chuck Norris]
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you are gonna get some opinions in this one, however lets be clear on a few facts.

They WILL pattern better out of the majority of guns then lead

They are heavier then lead so they WILL hit harder then lead

They are heavier then lead so you can use a much smaller shot size like #6 or #7 that will hit like a 4 or 5 in lead.

They are WAY more expensive then lead

NO it is not something you HAVE to HAVE to kill turkeys.


now with all that being said IMO it is well worth the change. My gun patterned MUCH better with it to further ranges. With that I gained much more confidence in shooting which equals more birds on the ground.

The way I look at it is you only shoot 4 in a year (if that many) so really it is not all that expensive in the grand scheme of things. In addition you spend tons of money on gear, guns and gas to hunt...why not get the best ammo you can.

just my opinion but I will shoot it as long as i feel the cost is worth it (which is about $24-$28 a box). If i found a lead load that would pattern how my gun does with Hevi i would be fine with shooting it though
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#3137500 - 01/24/13 01:09 PM Re: Hevi-Shot [Re: Chuck Norris]
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What REN said. Yes, they are worth it. I shot winchester extended range for several years until I tested them side by side with hevi shot. There was NO comparison. 2 gallons of gas cost more than a hevi shot shell making the shell the cheapest part of the hunt. AND the most critical.
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#3137503 - 01/24/13 01:09 PM Re: Hevi-Shot [Re: REN]
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 Originally Posted By: REN
you are gonna get some opinions in this one, however lets be clear on a few facts.

They WILL pattern better out of the majority of guns then lead

They are heavier then lead so they WILL hit harder then lead

They are heavier then lead so you can use a much smaller shot size like #6 or #7 that will hit like a 4 or 5 in lead.

They are WAY more expensive then lead

NO it is not something you HAVE to HAVE to kill turkeys.


now with all that being said IMO it is well worth the change. My gun patterned MUCH better with it to further ranges. With that I gained much more confidence in shooting which equals more birds on the ground.

The way I look at it is you only shoot 4 in a year (if that many) so really it is not all that expensive in the grand scheme of things. In addition you spend tons of money on gear, guns and gas to hunt...why not get the best ammo you can.

just my opinion but I will shoot it as long as i feel the cost is worth it (which is about $24-$28 a box). If i found a lead load that would pattern how my gun does with Hevi i would be fine with shooting it though


Is it 24$-28$ a box for the five shell boxes or ten? If it is the ten shell boxes I gotta find them where you shop!

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#3137511 - 01/24/13 01:17 PM Re: Hevi-Shot [Re: woodsman87]
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Also, I love the hevi-shot, but hate the brand Hevi-Shot and there are two big reasons. From my experience with the many many Hevi-shot brand Hevi-shot I have bought the actual shotshells are terrible. The ends come apart and the bb's and other things fall out the end. Also, the rim part of the brass gets bummed up really easy and my gun, Remington 11-87, would get to where it couldn't grab them to eject them. Both of these problems would start to happen midway through season after loading and unloading so much. I guess if you never unloaded your gun or killed one everyday it wouldn't do that.

When Remington owned Hevi-shot and first came out with the shells they were awesome, simply because they didn't dang fall apart.

I use the Winchester extended range now, same price as Hevi-shot brand, and I think it is the same kind of metal. The shells on them do not tear up. They pattern as good as Hevi-Shot does too, out of my gun/choke that is.

Maybe Hevi-shot shotshells have changed, and if one of you tells me they don't tear up anymore I may go get me some. But I quite using them, and I have gone through many of them before I finally got tired of fooling with them.

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#3137519 - 01/24/13 01:22 PM Re: Hevi-Shot [Re: woodsman87]
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I have also had great patterns with, I think cannot remember fully, is just the lead federal Mag-shoks with the flight controlled wad in them. Twice as cheap as hevi-shot, and I am about as comfortable with them as I am with the heavy metal shells.

And I always use #5s or #6s. I have never gotten good patterns with #4s. Or not as good as 5s or 6s at least.

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#3137562 - 01/24/13 01:51 PM Re: Hevi-Shot [Re: woodsman87]
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IMO, yes they are worth it IF your gun/choke combination will shoot them accurately (POA=POI) and uniformly without voids in your pattern. The two main things that stick out in my mind since switching to Hevi-Shot is the turkeys flop less right after the shot and they bleed a TON more. My .02
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#3137588 - 01/24/13 02:07 PM Re: Hevi-Shot [Re: Andy S.]
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Definitely worth it in my opinion! I said that i would not pay that price for shells when i was doing fine the way i was, until i shot a gobbler with the 2-3/8 oz load of #5's and he did not quiver! Killed another the next day with the same results. I killed two hens with one shot at 40 yds this past fall and let me tell you, i had a bloody mess! Broke wings broke legs and jelly heads.

Its high but i buy a box every time i can just so i have it, imfixing to invest in about 4 lb. Of tss so the hevi and federal heavyweight will be stockpiled.
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#3137591 - 01/24/13 02:10 PM Re: Hevi-Shot [Re: Andy S.]
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 Originally Posted By: Andy S.
The two main things that stick out in my mind since switching to Hevi-Shot is the turkeys flop less right after the shot and they bleed a TON more. My .02


Andy, I believe this is due to the irregular shape of the pellets. Kind of like shooting a deer with an old round ball vs. a bullet that opens up on contact. I might be in left field with that analogy but it makes sense to me.
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#3137605 - 01/24/13 02:24 PM Re: Hevi-Shot [Re: woodsman87]
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 Originally Posted By: woodsman87
 Originally Posted By: REN
you are gonna get some opinions in this one, however lets be clear on a few facts.

They WILL pattern better out of the majority of guns then lead

They are heavier then lead so they WILL hit harder then lead

They are heavier then lead so you can use a much smaller shot size like #6 or #7 that will hit like a 4 or 5 in lead.

They are WAY more expensive then lead

NO it is not something you HAVE to HAVE to kill turkeys.


now with all that being said IMO it is well worth the change. My gun patterned MUCH better with it to further ranges. With that I gained much more confidence in shooting which equals more birds on the ground.

The way I look at it is you only shoot 4 in a year (if that many) so really it is not all that expensive in the grand scheme of things. In addition you spend tons of money on gear, guns and gas to hunt...why not get the best ammo you can.

just my opinion but I will shoot it as long as i feel the cost is worth it (which is about $24-$28 a box). If i found a lead load that would pattern how my gun does with Hevi i would be fine with shooting it though


Is it 24$-28$ a box for the five shell boxes or ten? If it is the ten shell boxes I gotta find them where you shop!



5 per box

I still find 3" magblends for $24 which is fine by me but i have a pretty good collection so i dont really HAVE to buy any any time soon.


Edited by REN (01/24/13 02:25 PM)
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