American Hunter - December 2012 - 69

REMINGTON HYPERSONIC

Steel
the propellant charge. The primer ignites
a small portion of the powder charge
captured in the "ignition chamber" at the
rear of the wad. This small charge burns
and moves the wad and payload forward.
Once the wad moves forward the remainder of the powder charge is exposed and
ignited. The idea is that by moving the
wad column and shot forward there is
an increase in available volume for the
powder charge to burn and expand-sort
of like the difference between a . cartridge case and a .- case. This allows
a larger amount of propellant to be used,
resulting in a higher muzzle velocity without exceeding established safe pressure
standards.
One other advantage of higher velocities, Remington claims, is shorter leads. It
says this will result in more pellets in the
head of the waterfowl for more efficient
kills. They could have a point; I rarely miss

remington.com
■ Type: non-toxic (steel) shotshell
■ Gauge: 10, 12, 20
■ Length: 31⁄2" (10, 12); 3" (12, 20)
■ Shot Sizes: No. 2 to BBB
■ Payloads (ozs.): 1, 11⁄4, 11⁄8, 13⁄8, 11⁄2

Hypersonic's speed is due to its Xelerator wad. The primer charge pushes up
the wad and payload, creating more
room for powder to burn and expand.

■ Uses: ducks, geese

in front of a duck. But it might be a little
bit of a stretch. I always try to shoot for
the head anyway, so will I now miss in
front? I doubt it.
What I don't doubt is that the increased
velocity will provide more energy to the
target. It's still not up to lead standards,
but it never will be. The increased velocity
is a very good thing with waterfowl loads,
as with steel shot every little bit helps.
Does it live up to claims? Well, it
depends on the gun. In my Remington
- shotgun the average velocity of the
Hypersonic Steel actually exceeded claims
slightly. In my Browning Gold the same
box of ammo produced velocity that was

a bit lower than advertised. That is due
to the variations in the individual guns as
the Browning is back-bored. It's also due
to the variations in ambient conditions
as I tested the guns on two different days.
This is why ballisticians have gray hair. The
bottom line is Hypersonic Steel is faster
than any other steel shot ammo Remington makes and as a result puts more
energy into every pellet. Until the world
comes to its senses and brings back lead
shot for waterfowling (and while they are
at it, the  Dodge Challenger), this is a
very good advancement for hunters. ah

■ Advertised MV (fps): 1700 (12-ga.); 1600
(20-ga.); 1500 (10-ga.)
■ MSRP: $22-$32 per box of 25

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