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Kent Fasteel vs Fasteel 2.0

I did a little comparison video of these two shells. I was curious if they would perform the same. Your milage may vary.
https://youtu.be/mMUIVfOGQ_A
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Both are 1&1/4 oz loads of #2 steel shot which means there are 155 pellets in that shell.
At 30 yards the Fast Steel (1425 fps) got 144 pellets on the 22 inch X 28 inch paper which equals a 92% pattern.
The 2.0 (1500 fps) got 122 pellets on the 22X28 inch paper which equals a 78% pattern.
That's a big difference and from this short test the Fast Steel at 1425 fps would be your go to load.
You should try shooting at 40 yards to verify, but you would expect the pattern from the 1500 fps to degrade to the point of being unacceptable where the 1425 should still be in that acceptable range of a 75% pattern.
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A couple of points to consider.

Most guys who test shotgun ammo recommend that a minimum of 10 rounds be shot and an average of the info recorded. If you look at some of the charts done by guys like Neil Winston you will see a lot of variation between the 10 shells so an average is the best way to go. Some of the patterns from the 10 will be weak and some very dense and usually the only difference is chance.

Another thing they do is dismantle a shell and count the pellets. Many times the numbers indicated are not accurate. Consider the two rounds you shot. They both supposedly held 1 1/4 oz. of shot but one was supposed to be 50 fps faster. That faster shell put about 20 less pellets on the paper. What if Kent loaded less than 1 1/4 oz. of shot to get that extra 50 fps. That would explain the thinner patterns and the faster "advertised" speed. The only way to know for sure what is in the shell is cut it open and count the pellets and I would also recommend running some of them over the chronograph.

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Charlie lets em get so close you can easy kill them with a 20 gauge, not sure why he does all this long range testing, pellet counts, etc. I'm thinking too much time on his hands......

To be honest, once your done all your technical stuff, the best way to become a great shot, is to find what shell your comfortable with, out of what shotgun, with what choke.....AND THEN DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!

I know I can kill a goose at 30 yards, with a federal, 3 1/2", ounce and half, BB(1450fps). Shot out of my VersaMax, with factory modified choke. Once you get the recipe, you know it will work. Changing any one of the 3 things, gun, choke, shell(especially different speeds) will of course change everything. Any experience waterfowler will tell you the exact same shell will react differently shot out of different guns, etc.

So once you have your desired gun, choke, shell combination..... if the bird at 30 yards doesn't fall, it ain't the shell, it's the shooter.
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Time Time Time is on my side, yes it is!!
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