Frank Lopez wrote:The only excessive wear you'll experience in on your wallet!
Blind Side consists of cube shot in a special wad. Square, or cube shot was developed well over a hundred years ago on the continent of Europe to create very open patterns at close range to deal wit the tight covers and hedge rows. It was known as "dispersante" which means exactly what it sounds like. What Winchester did was to kind of tame this characteristic a bit by using a wad that stayed with the shot charge as much as ten yards down range. Effectively, they moved the pattern's useful range from about 25 yards to about 35 yards. By 40 yards pattern density is about gone, so the effectiveness of the load severely drops off. As far as the high velocity is concerned, consider this. Any small advantage to high velocity is the small increase in effective range. But, since the cube shot will slow down much faster than round shot, what's the point?
Buy some Federal blue box loads in 1 1/4 oz #2s at 1400fps. If you're feeling extravagant, buy Remington Nitro steel or Winchester Drylok in the same loading. Pattern those in your gun. If you use a modified choke, you'll have to hold a little finer on the really tight shots over decoys, but you should have plenty of pattern (and penetration) out to 50 yards. If you use your IC choke, you should be good to 40 or 45 yards.
Frank Lopez wrote:Two things, John.
One, take a child's wooden block and throw it at something. Make a mental note of the flight to the target. Do this more than once to establish a sound basis. Next, take a golf ball and do the same thing. Again, do it several times to eliminate abnormalities. Then tell us which one "projectile" flies truer and what you believe would be the better shape for a shotgun pellet.
Next, regarding your "long range kills". First, to my knowledge, Winchester has never, NEVER, advertised these loads as "long range" loads. Next, with respect to your patterning, you need to compare apples to apples. In other words, whatever you do with to the BlindSide loads, do the same to the standard round steel loads. Finally. set up pattern papers at 10 to 55 yards in 5 yard increments, then fire your patterns. Shoot both Blind Side and standard round shot and compare the patterns at each increment. Which load will deliver the best performance over the longest distance. Even with the 10% advantage in pellet count to the cube shot, my testing indicated a distinct advantage to the round shot.
BBK wrote:In their promo video they show patterns at 25, 35, and 45.. then later on I believe they mention full choke for farther ducks and geese. But I didn't really hear them say anything about it being a long range load, which surprises me and should be the first red flag.