Tightens Patterns for Turkey & Coyote
Federal says their Flitecontrol shotshell wads produce extra-tight patterns with standard shotgun chokes, and filling the wads with denser-than-lead Heavyweight pellets also boosts the impact, extending the range of high-speed hunting loads without the use of specialty chokes.
Unlike a conventional wad that opens to release the shot as it exits the muzzle, a Flitecontrol wad still contains the shot as much as 10 yards downrange, until air resistance slows the lighter wad and allows the shot string to speed away. The company says the result is consistently tight, even patterns. To check that claim, we shot the 3-inch No. 7 and No. 6 Federal Premium Heavyweight Mag-Shok turkey loads, the No. 4 lead Mag-Shok and the BB Heavyweight Coyote V-Shok load through the same Modified choke 12 gauge.
Federal’s recommended range for the No. 7 turkey load is 40 yards. Because the Heavyweight pellets are a third more dense than lead, they hit with virtually the same impact as No. 5 lead at that range.
Our 40-yard patterns averaged 123 hits in a 15-inch circle, evenly distributed with no significant gaps. The No. 6 shot scored 86 hits at 40 yards and 67 hits at 50 yards, again evenly distributed.
The No. 4 lead shot scored 90 evenly distributed hits in a larger 30-inch circle at 50 yards, with no coyote-size gaps. The BB load of Heavyweight shot averaged 49 hits, again with no significant gaps.
A mix of powder-type buffer and plastic shock absorbers cushion the pellets as
they accelerate down and out the barrel.
The extra-dense Heavyweight BB shot should deliver more than adequate punch for coyotes at 60 yards, maybe more, and while we didn’t pattern test at such ranges, based on the 50-yard patterns, I just might take that longer shot.
Contact: Federal Cartridge Co., 900 Ehlen Dr., Anoka, MN 55303-7503; (800) 322-2342; www.federalpremium.com
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