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Waterfowlers like keeping track of the densities of all the nontoxic shot. So, this comes from a duck hunting site and the poster is very reliable. Turns out Hevi-13 is only 12.0 g/cc, all this time I thought it was 13.0 g/cc.
Marketing at it's finest.



>>>>>> Of interest to all! I just got off the phone with "Mike" at EMI who they put me in touch with to verify product densities. He confirmed what Shaun says above, Hevi-duck is 12.0g/cc. In FACT, it's ALL 12.0 g/cc! He said Hevi-Goose, Hevi-Duck, Hevi-Pheasant is ALL the same pellet, just sized differently and different payloads now.
Of even MORE interest is this: "Hevi-13" is THE SAME 12.0 g/cc pellet! He was absolutely clear that it was NOT a 13 g/cc density, that the "Hevi-13" term was purely a marketing name, and that it was just normal "Hevi-shot 12.0 g/cc" pellets in heavy slow loads marketed for turkey shooters. While Mike himself was forthright and clear on this, the marketing name and advertising of Hevi-13 without anywhere stating it's not 13g/cc but really just 12, shows what I'm talking about concerning EMI's duplicitous marketing behavior that I've commented on elsewhere.
 

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federal heavyweight turkey loads are 15.2g/cc

they are a tungsten alloy and I believe the heaviest shot available that is commercially loaded

they are deadly on turkeys for pattern density and killing power
 

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Ole' Raspy said:
K. Gus said:
federal heavyweight turkey loads are 15.2g/cc

they are a tungsten alloy and I believe the heaviest shot available that is commercially loaded

they are deadly on turkeys for pattern density and killing power
Yea, what he said....
What they BOTH said.

Plus the Fed Heavies are, IMO, the ONLY shell that makes the 20 gauge a true turkey slayer.
 

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I think hevishots biggest benefit is the hardness..it doesn't deform like lead which is why it typically patterns much better...and that same hardness helps in penetration..


TSS is only 18g/cc. Downfall is price and not commercially loaded.

I thought of rolling my own TSS till I bought the flintlock turkey gun...and I have a pretty decent supply of Magnum Blend shells for the 870 that I'm more than happy with...
 

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The fact that Hevi-13 is only 12g/cc is pretty old news. Been around the turkey hunting discussion table for quite a few years really.
There is a guy on another website that is in love with Hevi shot. Goes by ILOVEHEVI13. I've been referring to him as ILOVEHEVI12 for years just to get a rise out of him.

Hevi shot typically comes pre-deformed for some reason. You get some really strange looking shapes and some theorize that this is the reason they pattern so well. The pellets turn mass forward immediately when they leave the barrel and inertia keeps them that way. (Think shuttle cock effect).

Since the Winchester LBs came on the scene, I don't concern myself with Hevi anything anymore.
 

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There is nothing wrong with hevi shot, it will drop game at distances you shouldn't be shooting anyways, lots of people use it. COST is the only argument against it, you can find it on sale at Midway in June, they have $10.00 coupon once in a while, It's not that I can't afford it, I'm just not spending $35.00 for 5 shots. Bought a case 100, of Longbeards for $0.67 a piece, that's a lot more realistic to me.
 

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Put down 2 PA spring gobblers this year with a Mossberg 20 ga. and Heavi 13. One at 37 and the other at 39 yds. Don't normally shoot that far, but worked one bird for over two hours and he wouldn't come any closer. The other bird was with five other gobblers they came into 10 yards I could only see one in the brush but could not see the beard. He saw me and did an alarm put. The other 4 walked back in view at 39 yards, so I picked out the longest beard.

Both birds did not leave from the point of impact. I felt confident on both shots since I have patterned the gun several times at 40 yards.

With the $$ I saved on a less expensive shotgun I can buy, pattern and hunt with several heavy 13's.

If I hadn't been introduced to Heavi 13 and Federal HTL I would still be lugging a heavy 12 ga. 2 to 6 miles a morning and still limiting my kill zone to 40 yds.
 

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There is nothing wrong with hevi shot, it will drop game at distances you shouldn't be shooting anyways, lots of people use it. COST is the only argument against it, you can find it on sale at Midway in June, they have $10.00 coupon once in a while, It's not that I can't afford it, I'm just not spending $35.00 for 5 shots. Bought a case 100, of Longbeards for $0.67 a piece, that's a lot more realistic to me.
Ditto that!!!
 
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