November 14, 2018
By Brad Fitzpatrick
Over the years, shotgun shells have come a long way. This year is no different as hardcore duck hunters welcome the introduction of a new shotshell.
One of the latest shotshell additions to Browning’s line of ammunition is their BXD Extra Distance non-toxic shotshell load. It’s designed, as the name also implies, to increase lethal range and to provide consistent patterns.
To accomplish this, Browning utilizes an aerodynamically stabilized wad with lateral slits and rear fins that act as brakes when the shot cup is in flight. When the fins open after the shot, the wad is stripped away from the shot column to produce improved patterns at 40 yards and beyond. The premium-plated round steel shot flies true and penetrates effectively, producing quick, clean kills and reducing cripples.
I spent some time afield this spring with the BXD, and I can attest firsthand that its range and performance are impressive.
Some of the 12-gauge options include 3-inch 1 1/4-ounce loads at 1,450 feet per second in BB, No. 2, No. 3 or No. 4 shot and two 3 1/2-inch 1 1/2-ounce loads with either BB or No. 2 shot. The 3 1/2-inch 12-gauge offerings achieve a muzzle velocity of 1,500 fps. New this year are two 20-gauge 3-inch offerings available loaded with one ounce of either BB or No. 2 shot at 1,300 fps.
Brad Fitzpatrick is gun columnist for Game & Fish Magazines.