I'm very interested in hearing how these perform.I just ordered 100 1oz #8 waterfowl loads from apex. I found a coupon code for 15% off which got them down to under 6.00 per round.
I have a South Dakota waterfowl hunt coming up in October. I don’t get to hunt ducks very often. The price is worth it to me if they work as well as advertised.
Wether it’s steel, TSS or other blends make sure you are buying a quality cartridge. Some less expensive shells are using standard wadding that’s too thin for these more dense metals that don’t deform the same way that lead and copper do. Even in a modern shotgun it can cause a problem in the barrel.I’ve hunted Turkey with 2.5” Kent Tungsten 16 gauge ammo and even in a moderate recoil shell, it was very effective. Dead instantly at 42 yards which I thought was more than satisfactory. I’ve had very good results from Bismuth, Nice Shot, and other alloys for vintage guns too.
The only shell I’ve had terrible luck with is steel. I hate that it is using speed to kill because its not fun to shoot 1500fps shells nor is it enjoyable to be relegated to shooting modern guns to get away with shooting steel.
I’ve hunted Turkey with 2.5” Kent Tungsten 16 gauge ammo and even in a moderate recoil shell, it was very effective. Dead instantly at 42 yards which I thought was more than satisfactory.
I have a Browning Cynergy O/U with 3.5” chambers that was designed specifically for waterfowling. It’s also very common in the UK to use a blued and steel O/U or SxS, even near saltwater. Just need to take proper precautions before the hunt and at the end of each day.I'm going to follow this post for interest. My future brother in law wants me to join him on duck and goose hunts. I've never been waterfowl hunting. It is pretty crazy how many different brands/blends/sizes of shotgun shells are marketed. On a side note, does anyone use an over-under for waterfowl?? I just bought a Franchi Instinct SL because I always wanted an O-U and figured this was a good excuse..
@Mekaniks - Thank you for the report and congratulations on the hunt. Were any of the birds banded?
On my recent hunt, I tried very hard to go for head shots to minimize meat damage. I know this isn't always possible, especially with "going away" shots, but myself and a friend were able to make this work.
Like you said, bringing some steel shells is also a good idea for finishing shots.
My friend and I want to try the Hevi-Shot HEVI-XII. This is a tungsten blend that is 12 g/cc (lead is 11 g/cc and TSS is 18 g/cc) made to duplicate what lead did so many years ago. I've seen a box for $60 for 25 shells. Plus I've seen it in 20 bore #4 shot ($55/box of 25) if you want to go with that smaller package.
Too bad, I just sold a 686 20 bore about a year ago. I currently have a Browning Cynergy O/U 12 bore with 3.5" chambers with a synthetic camo stock that would be right at home in a layout or pit blind, but I shoot the SBE3 much better. Not sure what the future holds for the Cynergy, but it's going to stay in the safe for the time being.I wish, but there were no bands.
As these companies get the blends dialed in, and if the prices start to drop, I believe more people will start using TSS regularly.
I am seriously considering buying a new 20. It may make a good excuse to buy a match to my 686, but we will see. A good 20 bore autoloader would be a dream out of lay out blinds also