Winchester Expands Blind Side Shotgun Ammunition

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Winchester is once again expanding their ammunition lines by offering the new Blind Side shotgun ammunition in 12 and 20 gauge in their high velocity line.  With up to 15% more pellets per shell, it idea is that it increases the kill zone by putting more pellets in the air at a higher velocity.  Their hexagonal shot allows for more pellets to be packed into a shotgun shell.

New for 2014 is the high velocity line of Blind Side shells, meaning shorter leads for wing shooters.

EAST ALTON, Ill. (March 5, 2014) — Hunters across North America have experienced firsthand what true innovation means in waterfowl ammunition ever since Winchester® Ammunition developed the Blind Side® line. In 2014, Winchester Ammunition will expand its high velocity lineup with new offerings in both 12 and 20 gauge.
“Higher velocities mean shorter leads are necessary for fast-flying waterfowl,” said Brett Flaugher, Winchester Ammunition vice president of marketing, sales and strategy. “We want to give the consumer what they want, and that’s why we’re expanding this popular waterfowl load.”

For 2014, the new Blind Side ammunition will be offered in the following gauges, shell lengths and shot sizes:

Blind Side ammunition combines ground-breaking, stacked HEX™ Shot technology and the Diamond Cut Wad in the most deadly Winchester waterfowl load available. The HEX Shot pellets, shaped much like dice, literally stack together inside the shell, resulting in up to 15 percent more pellets in every shell.

 

EAST ALTON, Ill. (March 5, 2014) — Hunters across North America have experienced firsthand what true innovation means in waterfowl ammunition ever since Winchester® Ammunition developed the Blind Side® line. In 2014, Winchester Ammunition will expand its high velocity lineup with new offerings in both 12 and 20 gauge.

“Higher velocities mean shorter leads are necessary for fast-flying waterfowl,” said Brett Flaugher, Winchester Ammunition vice president of marketing, sales and strategy. “We want to give the consumer what they want, and that’s why we’re expanding this popular waterfowl load.”

For 2014, the new Blind Side ammunition will be offered in the following gauges, shell lengths and shot sizes:

Gauge Shell Length Oz. Shot Velocity Shot Sizes
12 3½” 1 3/8 1675 5
12 3” 1 1/8 1675 BB
20 3” 1 1/16 1475 3, 6

Blind Side ammunition combines ground-breaking, stacked HEX™ Shot technology and the Diamond Cut Wad in the most deadly Winchester waterfowl load available. The HEX Shot pellets, shaped much like dice, literally stack together inside the shell, resulting in up to 15 percent more pellets in every shell.

Loaded with 100 percent HEX Shot, hunters get more pellets on target, a larger kill zone and more trauma-inducing pellets than ever before – meaning quick kill shots. The shot is designed to hit waterfowl like high-velocity tumbling bricks – preventing over penetration and maximizing energy deposit and knockdown shock within the bird.
With a company heritage dating back to 1866, Winchester Ammunition was there for the taming of the American West, the Allied Forces’ victory in World War II and through the years, millions of fond memories made in the great outdoors. Known as The American Legend™, Winchester is a global leader in sporting, law enforcement, military and personal defense ammunition production. Winchester continues to raise the bar with new products like Long Beard™ XR™ turkey and Defender® personal defense ammunition.

For more information about Winchester Ammunition and the complete Blind Side line, visit www.winchester.com, or connect with The American Legend™ on Facebook at Facebook.com/WinchesterOfficial.


Sam Cadle

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  • bbmg

    I wonder how well the HEX shot pellets retain velocity as opposed to their more conventional spherical counterparts, high velocity at the muzzle does not necessarily translate into a shorter time to target.

    • gunslinger

      true, flat surface higher drag.

      • Giolli Joker

        I can’t prove it but instinctively I’d say that the drag on the flat areas will make these shot fly corner forward..
        Anyway, yep, probably they will slow down a faster…
        I’d love to see how the manufacture these shells, both making of the shots and stacking might have required a good deal of engineering (and investment in machinery as well).

  • iksnilol

    I don’t understand why no one makes aerodynamic pellets. As in spitzer shaped, you might fit less in the shell but they would retain velocity longer and go faster (bonus points if you make them red, since the red ones go faster).

  • derfelcadarn

    I am interested in how the shape bears on patterning. Does the shape create filers etc. ?

  • Will

    Blind Side, 20ga, 2 3/4 #2 + short barreled Rem. 870 = AWESOME HOME DEFENSE!!!

  • Sledgecrowbar

    Yeah, hex is a term limited to two dimensional geometries. These are cubical shot, but that sounds like a soul-draining office construct, not edgy, new technology-speak. I still want to try it, but for the neat packing of shot into the hull. Has anyone opened one up and seen if it’s actually packed like that, or are they just dumped in, yielding space management even worse than standard shot? From the load and velocity figures, I’d think it would have to be packed well to fit the shot and powder charges.