Winchester Blind Side
Winchester's new Blind Side steel shot load uses hexa-hedron-shaped pellets that have the same individual pellet weight as round pellets in comparable sizes. The design, with six flat sides and multiple corners and edges, is unusual, but it produces two positive results. The shape means shot stacks in the shell to use the internal volume better, allowing 15 percent more pellets per shell than round pellets. In addition, the shot creates greater impact and tissue trauma per individual pellet than round pellets do.
On a recent outing at the famed Nilo Farms, I watched this load drop ducks with authority, hammering them like lead. It also patterned like premium lead shot.