I am a new guy here, although a few may have seen me on a few other forums as well. I Just wanted to touch base with you guys, and see if there are any here that are using Tungsten Super Shot (TSS) in their shotguns for predators. To go along with that I wanted to see if there was an interest in TSS if the price point was considerably lower than the current going rate? TSS being that it is approximately 60% heavier than lead at 18 g/cc density, and is non-toxic, has been used for turkeys and waterfowl for a few years now, and I wanted to try and open eyes to the usefulness that TSS could be to the predator hunting community.
Below is some info that I picked up from dabob (I believe he is a member here), he ran some of these numbers through his KPY ballistics calculator, and the ongoing number to consistently kill a coyote, seems to be that you need 3.70" of ballistic gelatin penetration. So using the heavier TSS you can use smaller size shot, putting more pellets on target, and still get the penetration you need to consistently kill, and do it with a non-toxic shot. This would be a great alternative to some of the weapons restricted hunting areas in California.
Here are some examples of what the smaller size TSS can do:
1300 fps TSS #6 gets 3.70" of gel penetration at 46 yards
1300 fps TSS #5 gets 3.70" of gel penetration at 62 yards
1300 fps TSS #4 gets 3.70" of gel penetration at 78 yards
1300 fps TSS #2 gets 3.70" of gel penetration at 115 yards
1400 fps TSS #6 gets 3.70" of gel penetration at 51 yards
1400 fps TSS #5 gets 3.70" of gel penetration at 67 yards
1400 fps TSS #4 gets 3.70" of gel penetration at 85 yards
1400 fps TSS #2 gets 3.70" of gel penetration at 129 yards
And to compare several different #2 sized pellets at ~60 yards as to their engergy, velocity, and penetration performance:
All these pellets were started at a muzzle velocity of 1350 fps.
1) Steel #2 shot, 1.07" of gel penetration at 59.8 yards, 2.13 energy, 522 fps at 59.8 yards
2) Lead #2 shot, 2.38" of gel penetration at 59.8 yards, 4.75 energy, 660 fps at 59.8 yards
3) Rem HD #2 shot, 2.82" of gel penetration at 59.8 yards, 5.69 energy, 691 fps at 59.8 yards
4) Fed HW #2 shot, 4.17" of gel penetration at 59.8 yards, 8.81 energy, 770 fps at 59.8 yards
5) TSS #2 shot, 5.56" of gel penetration at 59.8 yards, 12.18 energy, 826 fps at 59.8 yards