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18g/cc Tungsten Super Shot (TSS)
from Prairiewind Decoys
This 18 gram/cubic centimeter heavy weight Tungsten Super Shot (TSS) shot turns your sub guage gun into an extremely lethal weapon. It is perfect for the 410 Bore, 28ga, and 20 guage. You won't believe the ballistics. For example, a 3/8oz load of #9's in a 410 2 1/2" shell gives you 135 pellets.(That is more pellets than many 12ga loads) These pellets carry more energy than Lead #4's at 1510 FPS with 23 grains of powder. This loads yeilds 1.25" of penetration into Ballistic gel at 88 yards!
Believe me, these pellets are "the stuff!" We have been cold cocking big 12 pound Canadas with our 410's at 70+ yards. These guns are light, fast, quiet, and have no recoil. I really like the Tri-Star Viper G2 Semi-auto .410's. The can be bought at www.gunbroker.com for $500-$700.
The 18 g/cc is almost pure tungsten. It is on of the heaviest metals in the world! For this reason, the US Military is building massive stock piles of the metal. Ballistically, it is far superior than lead.
The key to the superior performance of 18gram TSS shot is the density. At 18g/cc (about 60% denser than lead), the penetration energy is so high that it enables one to go down significantly in pellet size, to greatly increase the pellet count and pattern density, while simultaneously increasing the penetration depth of the pellets into the target. This enables one to greatly increase the performance of a typical big bore shotgun, or to go down in bore size or payload without giving up performance - or both.
As for comparing 18g/cc tungsten pellets vs lead (11g/cc), a TSS 18g/cc pellet will have about the same penetration energy as a lead pellet 5 sizes larger!
Here is a weight comparison chart of the most common shotgun pellets on the market today.
- Steel Shot - 7.86 grams per cubic centimeter (gms/cc)
- Bismuth - 9.6 gms/cc
- Hevi-X - 9.7 gms/cc
- Lead - 11.10 gms/cc
- Hevi-Shot - 12 gms/cc
- Tungsten Super Shot - 18g/cc
This shot is lethal on turkeys, ducks, geese, and just about any other game birds.
Here's the distance each type pellet will give you 1.25" of ballistics gel penetration, as well as showing the number of pellets per ounce. When you think about the penetration per pellet along with the number of pellets available to penetrate the target, these numbers will illustrate why density makes such a huge difference in a shotshell's performance on fowl.
8 g/cc Steel #2 (123/oz) – 45.7 yds
11 g/cc Nickel Plated lead #5 (174/oz) – 60.4 yds
12 g/cc Hevi-13 #6 (208/oz) – 60.4 yds
15 g/cc Fed HWT #7 (220/oz) – 81 yds
18 g/cc TSS #8 1/2 (300/oz) – 84.5 yds
In addition to penetration energy and pellet count, there is a 3rd factor that doesn't show up in the math - patterning characteristics. In a nutshell, the denser and harder the shot material, the better the pellets will hold together in a pattern. In real life scenarios, on real birds, the 18g TSS will actually do better vs lead, because of hardness. It will break bones better, or any other hard material, because of it's hardness and lack of flattening out when it comes into contact with any surface.
This 18g/cc shot is available in #1's thru #10 shot.
For those days when every shot counts, the 18 gram/cc Tungsten is worth its weight in gold. Shooting a 410, 28ga , or 20ga is far more enjoyable and effective with TSS.
Here is a few of our favorite loads for the 18g/cc TSS Shot.
Cheddite 2-1/2” primed Hull
23 gr. Alliant 300 MP Powder
2 x 1/8” Maxi nitro cards over powder
3/8 oz 18g/cc shot
1510 fps, 6135 psi
This is an awesome duck or goose load with #9's, 9.5's or #10's.
.410 Cheddite or Fiocchi 3” primed Hull
22 gr. Alliant 300 MP Powder
1430 fps, 11583 psi
This is a deadly duck, goose, crane load with #7's, #8's, #8.5's, #9's or 9.5's.
Fiocchi or Cheddite 2-3/4” primed Hull
30 gr. Lil Gun Powder
TPS wad + 2 Fiber Wad(FC41 1/2") (split if nessessary)
7/8 oz 18g/cc shot
Buffered with Mix #47
Overshot card then roll crimped
1400FPS, 9360 PSI
This is an great load for all waterfowl.
2-3/4” Fiocchi, new, primed 20 ga
41 gr. Lil Gun Powder
TUWSBL2024 (4 slits, down to about 1/8” above the hash marks)
1 x 1/8” 28 ga felt
SP28 (Rem PT28) wad with base trimmed off inside of wad
1 oz TSS
Overshot card, roll crimp
1412 fps, 7263 psi
Great all around load for ducks and geese with #6's,#7's,#8's, or #9's.
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