Gear Review: Winchester Long Beard Ammunition

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Winchester’s new Long Beard XR shells offer Shot-Lok technology, which features tighter patterns and longer shot capabilities than ever before, and twice the pellets in a 10-inch circle out to 60 yards compared to traditional lead loads.

When turkey hunting, it’s important to identify your target and attempt to call the bird within 40 yards or less. However, it is sometimes difficult to measure the exact distance, so every hunter wants a load they can depend on to reach the turkey at a respected distance beyond 40 yards. The Shot-Lok technology is a hardened resin that completely encapsulates the lead pellets, eliminating air space around the pellets, preventing movement, which ultimately leads to virtually no pellet deformation.

As the shot is discharged, the resin fractures, forming a micro-buffer as the shot pattern leaves the gun barrel. The pellets remain round and fly straighter and tighter, resulting in highly consistent payloads and knockdowns at longer ranges.

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