Bug Doc wrote:Yuchi1 wrote:
Do you have any idea(s) as to why these loads fly apart so quickly?
IMO, the (lightweight @~9gm/cc) tungsten pellets are encountering more and more turbulence as the pattern blooms and thus, exacerbating the spreading phenomen.
I'm not entirely sure why the tungsten shot flies off like it does. Based on the patterns it doesn't appear to be wad interference, nor does it appear like the steel shot is blowing through the tungsten shot. I'm having a similar problem with some ITX-10 I was fooling around with this year: the patterns degrade substantially from 40 to 50 yards. With the ITX I'm guessing the issue is cylindrical belt, which has to provide a great deal of asymmetric drag. It's possible the tungsten shot in Hevi-Metal is small enough, light enough, and misshapen enough to suffer similar drag. It's the best explanation I can come up with.
Federal's Heavyweight @ 15 g/cm^3 is about the best Tungsten variant on the market as a factory load and is close to being spherical, along with TSS at 18 g/cm^3 which also is almost perfectly spherical and as such is not affected by the air nearly as much as the counterfeit tungsten variants that are everything but spherical. The superior exterior ballistics of a spherical pellet has been proven for a very long time.
What I really can't seem to understand is why anyone would shoot expensive ammunition at less than 35 yards............. I just use steel with the last hull in the magazine being TSS, unless I am on the river and using my 28 ga BPS where it's TSS all the way.