First Look: HEVI-XII Waterfowl .410-Bore

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posted on November 2, 2023
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HEVI-Shot has released two new product line additions to its HEVI-XII Waterfowl lineup. The new load options are .410 bore, 1/2-ounce, 3-inch shotshells, in shot sizes No. 5 or 7, with a muzzle velocity of 1250 fps. Hevi-XII is the original 12-g/cc density, tungsten alloy recipe from Hevi-Shot.

“Everyone that has shot HEVI-XII has fallen in love with it, and now they can appreciate it in .410-bore shotguns,” said HEVI-Shot product manager Scott Turner. “Hevi-XII outperforms steel in every category. Smaller and more dense pellets penetrate deeper with more lethal pellets in a tighter pattern compared to shooting steel loads.”

HEVI-XII pellets can hit harder from a longer distance, thanks to the fact that its pellet material features a density of 12 grams per cubic centimeter (g/cc). This means it is 53.8-percent denser than steel, which almost exactly doubles the downrange energy. Shooters can drop three shot sizes for the same lethality, resulting in 28-percent more devastating pellets on target. In fact, not only is HEVI-XII denser than steel, it is technically denser than classic lead, which weighs in at 11.34 g/cc.

HEVI-XII .410-bore is a welcome addition to HEVI-Shot's lineup, as the innovative formula has been a large driver in the surge of sub-gauge popularity for waterfowl and upland hunters alike. HEVI-XII 28-gauge options have proved downright devastating in the duck blind, and its .410 variation should closely follow suit. For those hunters—particularly in close timber—looking for less meat damage, noise and recoil while retaining lethality, HEVI-XII .410 is an incredibly solid choice. An additional benefit would be for youth hunters, who cannot yet handle the recoil of harder-charging big bores.

HEVI-Shot’s HEVI-XII .410-bore waterfowl ammunition is alloyed and loaded in Sweet Home, Oregon. For more information on all products from Hevi-Shot, visit hevishot.com. MSRP: $99.99 per 25-round box

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