Colored shotgun pellets from Spectra Shot will settle any “Who shot that?” disputes.
Whether you are hunting doves on foot from the edge of a field, or scoping ducks from a waterfowl blind, it’s always nice to have some company during the hunt. Sometimes, that company can take the form of a loyal hunting dog, which runs to retrieve your kills and doesn’t expect much but a commendation – and perhaps a treat or a bone – in return.
When you are hunting with your buddies, however, taking all of the spoils for yourself isn’t quite as ethical. On the contrary, your friend is hunting with you because he or she wants to reach as many limits as you do, if not more. While you are technically hunting “partners,” you are also competitors aiming for the same birds. For this reason, it’s sometimes more difficult than you might think to identify just who scored the killing shot on a duck, dove, or some other kind of game bird.
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Picture this: you and your hunting partner are sighting the same spread of ducks at the same time. You both fire and one of the shots finds its mark, but you have no real way of telling who killed the bird. Your friend swears up and down that he or she landed the killing shot and that, therefore, the bird is theirs to take. However, you feel in your gut like your aim was truer than your friend’s and that the duck is yours. It’s enough to ruin a friendship, or at very least, to ignite an argument that tarnishes a perfectly good hunting partnership.
Enter Spectra Shot, a new company that manufactures specialized shotgun shells with the goal of settling such heated debates of accuracy and ownership.
Spectra Shot shells use colorized shotgun pellets that, as long as you and your friend are using different colors, can help you identify the shot that killed the bird. The pellets are being marketed to waterfowl hunters in particular, with four colors to choose from – yellow, orange, green, and blue – and different sizes built to fit different shotguns.
A see-through hull exposes the color of the pellets at a quick glance, and the shells are sealed for maximum weatherproofing.
If you dig a yellow pellet out of the duck you both claim to have shot, well, it’s safe to say that your buddy will get a nice opportunity to eat his words.
So, say you’re shooting yellow pellets and your buddy is loaded with blues. If you dig a yellow pellet out of the duck you both claim to have shot, well, it’s safe to say that your buddy will get a nice opportunity to eat his words.
In addition to settling shot disputes, Spectra Shot claims that its product has numerous other uses that will attract hunters who only ever target waterfowl solo.
The company has stated that its Spectra Shot pellets – because of their colored coating – weigh more than average shotgun shots. Because of this extra weight, Spectra Shot pellets add more kinetic energy and overall power to each shot.
Spectra Shot also believes that the colored coating, in addition to being useful for identification purposes, helps make the pellets more uniform in shape and aerodynamic in flight. If that’s the case, then Spectra Shot pellets would be both more powerful and more accurate than what you find in your average shotgun shells – an irresistible combination, to be sure.