View Full Version : can you tell me whats wrong with this shot

August 18, 2009, 08:16 PM
i just got my new reloader so i decided, before i bought any powder and wads and all that id take apart a few types of my shells and look at the setup before o shoot it. I opened the kent fasteel 3"steel shell first and everything looks good. but when i opened the Son of Hevi shot 3" steel shell there was this fine plastic like powder mixed in with the mis-shapen deformed shot and 4 clear plastic balls slightly bigger than the shot.

the first pic is the good Kent shot
2nd pic is the Hevi Shot with that plastic powder
3rd pic is the deformed hevi shot

is any of this stuff with the hevi shot normal, or is it just bad manufacturing and filler

Dave McC
August 18, 2009, 08:25 PM
Hevishot always looks like excrement. It shoots fine, thus astounding lots of us.

Don't worry about it....

August 18, 2009, 08:30 PM
Did the box of Hevi Shot happen to mention buffering?

August 18, 2009, 08:46 PM
ok, if you say so.. lol... the box doesnt say anything about buffering

nutty ned
August 19, 2009, 07:54 AM
Everything looks normal

August 19, 2009, 10:57 AM
Like Zippy advised - its Buffer .......

here is a link


August 19, 2009, 08:05 PM
"4 clear plastic balls slightly bigger than the shot"

I'd be frowning, but I suppose if you bought the shot by the pound the plastic balls didn't cost you much.


August 20, 2009, 07:11 PM
Sorry, BigJim, I thought most folks were acquainted with the concept of buffering shotshells with plastic. Thanks for providing the link.

Johnbt, yep, I'd be surprised to find my sack of shot already buffered, too. But, if I understood the OP, he got his samples by opening loaded shells.

August 21, 2009, 02:14 PM
But if the payload was listed at, say, 1 1/8th ounces per shell, well those little plastic balls weighed something and I when I buy Hevi-Shot or some fancy-named ammo they charge me an arm and a leg for it.

Anyway, I still don't know why there were 4 plastic balls at all.


August 21, 2009, 02:46 PM
Hey, we're getting old Zippy - we've seen a few things ......and even learned a few things over time ....