Winchester Long Beard XR offers near tungstenlike bang for way less buck, and Rio Bismuth allows old guns back in the blind for those who can’t afford pricey nontoxics.
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During the prosperous ’90s, the excellent long-range killing power of tungsten pellets won over many hunters, and not just those who had to use nontoxic shot. Back then, shells that cost $2 to $3 each almost seemed like a good bargain in return for more one-shot kills and a few yards of added range. However, hard economic times and the rising price of tungsten, due in part to demand for tungsten touch-screen parts, mean few hunters—even turkey hunters who fire only two or three shots a year—will pay for the shells anymore at the current cost of as much as $5 to $6 apiece.
Fortunately, Winchester Long Beard XR offers near tungstenlike bang for way less buck, and Rio Bismuth allows old guns back in the blind for those who can’t afford pricey nontoxics.
Winchester Long Beard XR
Winchester takes an innovative approach to improving lead performance by encasing an entire charge of copper-plated lead No. 4, 5, or 6 pellets in an epoxy-like Shot-Lok compound that shatters when the shell goes off. It serves the same function as ground-plastic buffer, but it works much better. The fragments cushion the pellets and keep them round under the stress of being smashed against each other as the shot charge accelerates to 900 mph in milliseconds. Round pellets fly true, pattern tightly, and hit hard.