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#3158406 - 02/10/13 10:03 AM for the hevi shot guys
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For those of you who have read about it and never seen it, i just got through cutting open some hevi shot shells and this is how un-uniform and out of round this shot from em is. These were #5 shot and some shot in these shells were probably as big or bigger than #2's

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#3158470 - 02/10/13 11:12 AM Re: for the hevi shot guys [Re: Rockhound]
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#3158500 - 02/10/13 11:38 AM Re: for the hevi shot guys [Re: paradis1142]
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I've known about their irregularity for years, and still don't understand how they produce such dense, uniform patterns. But they do.
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#3158535 - 02/10/13 12:12 PM Re: for the hevi shot guys [Re: Wes Parrish]
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 Originally Posted By: Wes Parrish
I've known about their irregularity for years, and still don't understand how they produce such dense, uniform patterns. But they do.


Yep just think if they were uniform and polished
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#3158571 - 02/10/13 12:39 PM Re: for the hevi shot guys [Re: Rockhound]
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 Originally Posted By: Rockhound
 Originally Posted By: Wes Parrish
I've known about their irregularity for years, and still don't understand how they produce such dense, uniform patterns. But they do.


Yep just think if they were uniform and polished


The H-13 shot you buy for reloading.... can be gotten round & polished.... That is what was used in my Mauler loads... H-13 #6's.
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#3158575 - 02/10/13 12:42 PM Re: for the hevi shot guys [Re: Rockhound]
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Cool. The manufacturing process and quality control must be getting better...they seem to be far more uniformly spherical than what they were a few years ago. Might be hard to believe, but in the past seems like about 1/3rd of the pellets used to look like welding slag or something.
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#3158595 - 02/10/13 12:52 PM Re: for the hevi shot guys [Re: Boll Weevil]
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Hard to believe that at $5+ a shell they can't do better, but hey, the proof is in the pudding: Great patterns and stone cold killers!
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#3158636 - 02/10/13 01:22 PM Re: for the hevi shot guys [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
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 Originally Posted By: Grizzly Johnson
 Originally Posted By: Rockhound
 Originally Posted By: Wes Parrish
I've known about their irregularity for years, and still don't understand how they produce such dense, uniform patterns. But they do.


Yep just think if they were uniform and polished


The H-13 shot you buy for reloading.... can be gotten round & polished.... That is what was used in my Mauler loads... H-13 #6's.


Yep im going to get some of that before its over, i cut these because i ain't got a gun for them any longer
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#3158638 - 02/10/13 01:24 PM Re: for the hevi shot guys [Re: Boll Weevil]
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 Originally Posted By: Boll Weevil
Cool. The manufacturing process and quality control must be getting better...they seem to be far more uniformly spherical than what they were a few years ago. Might be hard to believe, but in the past seems like about 1/3rd of the pellets used to look like welding slag or something.


It was probably still close to that
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#3158723 - 02/10/13 02:37 PM Re: for the hevi shot guys [Re: Rockhound]
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I have also seen their odd shapes. But as good as they pattern I could care less what the bb's look like.
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#3158736 - 02/10/13 02:46 PM Re: for the hevi shot guys [Re: woodsman87]
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Think of a comparison between a round lead muzzleloader ball vs. a conical muzzleloader bullet. Which one penetrates better?

Maybe those irregular lumps of metal may not fly as accurately as a perfectly round ball, but maybe they're still able to stay within a certain circle and penetrate even more than round ones?

All I know is their #7 pellets will sometimes go all the way thru a turkey's breast, seemingly just as much as #5 copper-plated lead. Can only imagine how much more penetration could be had with TSS.

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#3158762 - 02/10/13 03:11 PM Re: for the hevi shot guys [Re: Wes Parrish]
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There shape would cause less penetration due to irregular surface area.

Im not saying they arent good because i have flat out wacked some turkeys with them. Im just posting for guys who have never seen it.

If this shot was round it would most likely pattern more uniform due to less flyers .

The round ball vs conical ml bullet would not be a good comparison, where as they would be travelling out of a rifled barrel designed to make that projectile shoot straight. That's not the case with the shotgun. You have muzzle blast, bore pressure pushing through the shot and wind resistance pushing against it causing the shot to disperse. The simple weight and hardness of the shot is what makes it penetrate and pattern due to less deformation and pattern spread the lighter shot is subject to.
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#3159266 - 02/10/13 10:03 PM Re: for the hevi shot guys [Re: Rockhound]
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I just hope they don't change the shape cause it patterns great... maybe those odd shaped pellets have some "physics principle" for the way they fly?
I would think the round shot would act kind of like a knuckle ball since there is really no spin imparted on them as they are released...

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#3159295 - 02/10/13 10:45 PM Re: for the hevi shot guys [Re: Layne]
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 Originally Posted By: Layne
I just hope they don't change the shape cause it patterns great... maybe those odd shaped pellets have some "physics principle" for the way they fly?
I would think the round shot would act kind of like a knuckle ball since there is really no spin imparted on them as they are released...


Lol the only reason they are the shape they are is because of lack of quality control and no one is griping about it, and truly there is no reason to gripe about it as they are deadly, but no a perfect round pellet would fly straighter and with less flyers as the odd shapes are way more affected by choke constriction and air than a round ball would be.

What alot of people dont understand is that lead shot would pattern neck to neck with hevi if it did not deform on initial shot, forcing cone, and choke constriction. The.only setback would be wind resistance but it would be close
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#3159304 - 02/10/13 10:56 PM Re: for the hevi shot guys [Re: Rockhound]
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 Originally Posted By: Rockhound
 Originally Posted By: Layne
I just hope they don't change the shape cause it patterns great... maybe those odd shaped pellets have some "physics principle" for the way they fly?
I would think the round shot would act kind of like a knuckle ball since there is really no spin imparted on them as they are released...


Lol the only reason they are the shape they are is because of lack of quality control and no one is griping about it, and truly there is no reason to gripe about it as they are deadly, but no a perfect round pellet would fly straighter and with less flyers as the odd shapes are way more affected by choke constriction and air than a round ball would be.

What alot of people dont understand is that lead shot would pattern neck to neck with hevi if it did not deform on initial shot, forcing cone, and choke constriction. The.only setback would be wind resistance but it would be close


If that's the case why do Hevis outpattern XR's? XR's are perfectly round and I get 100 more hits in a 10 inch circle with hevi 6s vs. xr 6s.
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#3159327 - 02/10/13 11:39 PM Re: for the hevi shot guys [Re: woodsman87]
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I quit shooting hevis for this reason. I dont so much care that they aren't round, but i expect a 6 shot shell to be full of 6 shot pellets. I cut one open and they had everything from 2 size shot to smaller than 9 shot (with more of the really small pellets than anything else). The patterns i got looked great, and if it was actually 6s it would be, but probably 1/4 of those holes i was counting were smaller than i like to shoot dove hunting. Thats probably the reason the hevi shot appears better than the XRs. The xrs don't have a hundred 10-shot pellets driving up the hit count.
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#3159346 - 02/11/13 03:19 AM Re: for the hevi shot guys [Re: Spurhunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Spurhunter
 Originally Posted By: Rockhound
 Originally Posted By: Layne
I just hope they don't change the shape cause it patterns great... maybe those odd shaped pellets have some "physics principle" for the way they fly?
I would think the round shot would act kind of like a knuckle ball since there is really no spin imparted on them as they are released...


Lol the only reason they are the shape they are is because of lack of quality control and no one is griping about it, and truly there is no reason to gripe about it as they are deadly, but no a perfect round pellet would fly straighter and with less flyers as the odd shapes are way more affected by choke constriction and air than a round ball would be.

What alot of people dont understand is that lead shot would pattern neck to neck with hevi if it did not deform on initial shot, forcing cone, and choke constriction. The.only setback would be wind resistance but it would be close


If that's the case why do Hevis outpattern XR's? XR's are perfectly round and I get 100 more hits in a 10 inch circle with hevi 6s vs. xr 6s.


The hevi shot most are shooting are bigger payloads than the same size shell in the xtended range for one thing, plus all the smaller size shot that are in the pellets some of the shot in this shell were probably #7s. The xtended range 3" 1/3/4 #6 pattern neck to neck with the 3" hevi #6 1-3/4.

It also has alot to do with the wad and stuff, like i said i aint no expert just thought i would post to show. It could be better (not that it needs to be) the shot dize difference is what really aggravates me.
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#3159365 - 02/11/13 05:47 AM Re: for the hevi shot guys [Re: Spurhunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Spurhunter
Hard to believe that at $5+ a shell they can't do better, but hey, the proof is in the pudding: Great patterns and stone cold killers!


I'm thinking that's why they didn't go the extra step to make them round, trying to keep cost as low as possible. And since they patterned so well it didn't justify the extra cost of making them round.

I bought some 3.5s the first spring they came out. It was around $21 for a box of 10. Now days, that sounds cheap
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#3159428 - 02/11/13 07:43 AM Re: for the hevi shot guys [Re: Uncle Jesse]
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 Originally Posted By: Uncle Jesse
 Originally Posted By: Spurhunter
Hard to believe that at $5+ a shell they can't do better, but hey, the proof is in the pudding: Great patterns and stone cold killers!


I'm thinking that's why they didn't go the extra step to make them round, trying to keep cost as low as possible. And since they patterned so well it didn't justify the extra cost of making them round.

I bought some 3.5s the first spring they came out. It was around $21 for a box of 10. Now days, that sounds cheap


Yea i still have a few 3" mags that i gave 25 for a box of 10 man i wishi had bought more
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#3159447 - 02/11/13 07:58 AM Re: for the hevi shot guys [Re: Rockhound]
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I wouldn't see where it would cost more to drop round shot than it would this stuff
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#3160669 - 02/12/13 07:26 AM Re: for the hevi shot guys [Re: Rockhound]
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"In theory, Hevi Shot's misshapen pellets shouldn't pattern well at all, yet their high density seem to overcome their eccentric shapes. In fact, early test bunches of Hevi Shot that were sorted and polished for perfect roundness patterned only about 2.5 percent better than the ugly pellets in the production loads."

Philip Bourjaily
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The extra cost would come from the sorting and polishing.
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