A virtual “pumpkin,” this heavy-hitting 12-ga. load is composed of a 2" Cheddite hull with a Cheddite 209 primer and 26 grs. of Hi-Skor 800-X propellant. That combination launches the 550-gr., 0.715"-wide, hardened lead round ball from a 255⁄8" barrel at 1252 f.p.s., resulting in 1,914 ft.-lbs. of energy. That’s more than many full-house .454 Casull loads. Even from a smoothbore shotgun, accuracy is surprisingly good—measuring 3.16" for 25 shots at 20 yds. Due to its short overall length, which is approximately 1 3/4" when loaded, you’re afforded additional magazine capacity. The end result is a load that’s perfect for protection in the home and around camp, as well as for close-in big-game hunting.
Handloads: A Heavy-Hitting 12 Gauge
With an all-new bolt-action rifle that is likely to prove as versatile and capable as its brand suggests, Colt, the 187-year-old firearm icon, turns over a new leaf with its newly developed CBX line now in production at the company’s historic Hartford, Conn., factory.
Established in 2020, InfiRay Outdoor (iRayUSA), the United States Distributor of InfiRay Outdoor thermal optics, has opened a new headquarters building in Lewisville, Texas.