The Dirty Little Secret Of Waterfowl Ammo

The Dirty Little Secret Of Waterfowl Ammo

In this video I reveal two secrets of the waterfowl ammunition industry that I learned by doing dozens of ballistics gel and pattern tests. I reviewed pellets that were never fired and shot recovered from ballistics gel to learn a lot about Steel, Bismuth, and Tungsten duck hunting ammo. Contrary to the marketing, we are not always getting the quality and consistency of ammo we think we are. Many pellets are oddly shaped, strangely sized, and worse. But there is an even bigger surprise than that!

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To get these learnings I reviewed and tested BOSS Copper Plated Bismuth, Kent Bismuth, HEVI Bismuth, Winchester Bismuth, HEVI XII, HEVI Steel, HEVI Hammer, Kent Fasteel, Winchester Blindside 2, and more! #waterfowlhunting

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  1. joseph arledge on January 27, 2023 at 4:26 am

    Lol a lot of those look like my homemade shot before I polish and sort them

  2. ICE COLD OUTDOORS on January 27, 2023 at 4:37 am

    At least with my findings, and this was over a span of like 10 years Federal Speed Shok, Apex S3, and Kent have been the most spherical. With Hevi Metal and Winchester Super X/Xpert looking just like those pictures you showed. Now what really upset me about 10 years ago was when Federal marketed their Black Cloud as having a razor sharp edge around the pellets. Back then $25 was a lot for a box of ammo, and when I found out is was all lies I started cutting shells open. Thing about steel shotshells is although they haven’t been around as long as lead has been, companies have put a lot of research into wad design to get the most out of steel shot due to its shortcomings to the point most steel loads will pattern tighter than lead now.

  3. Jeff Barris on January 27, 2023 at 4:42 am

    Wow I wouldn’t think any of that stuff would pattern will, interesting George! God bless you and go get them in the marsh!

  4. Nasser Kuzbari on January 27, 2023 at 4:47 am

    Great video as usual.

  5. Harry Dick on January 27, 2023 at 4:49 am

    In theory a person could load lead into the used shells that say steel on it, I don’t advice that at all, but how could one possibly know?

  6. John Fritz on January 27, 2023 at 5:08 am

    So what you’re saying is, it’s my ammo that’s not working and not my shooting 😂

  7. Ben T on January 27, 2023 at 5:14 am

    Great content as always

  8. Jonathan Stettler on January 27, 2023 at 5:15 am

    I have some of the original Hevi-Steel tungsten shot #6 and it is clumpy non-spherical stuff and it’s the BEST patterning shell I have. Amazing patterns at 30 and 40 yards. Can’t explain it, but it does. Got the pattern paper to prove it.

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