Skip to comments.New Ammo: Colored and Glowing Shotgun Pellets from Spectra Shot
Posted on 08/30/2012 7:05:08 AM PDT by marktwain
Tired of claimers taking your birds? Spectra Shot was invented specifically to settle duck hunting arguments. The shells contain colored pellets so you can determine, via autopsy, who shot that banded bird.* If waterfowl hunting is a team sport for you, as it is for a lot of people, you might be interested in colored pellets.
Spectra Shot was patented by Joe Authement, a duck hunter in Louisiana. As a kid of 10 or 11, he went along on duck hunts and never got credit for birds he was sure he shot. As an adult, a run-in with a claimer on a wood duck hunt who took birds Authement knew he had shot got him thinking again about a solution: If everyone in the blind shot different colored pellets, you would know for sure who shot what bird. Spectra Shot was the result.
The pellets are coated with colored Xylan, a non-stick coating that often applied to kitchenware through a powder-coating process. Currently SpectraShot comes in green, blue, red and yellow. Although ruled safe for human and animal consumption by the FDA for kitchen applications, the USFWS had to test the loads. They have been approved as non-toxic and are available through Cabelas and several stores in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Arkansas.
The shells are loaded by Polywad in Georgia and the quality of the ammo is good. It will be interesting to see if they take off. I would think a big market for them would be as promotional shells. You could get them in school colors, red, white and blue, and so on, just like you can now order custom colored M&Ms. In addition to their 1400 fps steel waterfowl loads, Spectra Shot also offers colored target loads coated to glow under black light.
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Dick Cheney has showed us how to settle these arguments while bird hunting.
Last man standing claims all the birds.
I am hoping for tracer birdshot so I can see the path of the ‘cloud’. Maybe one of you guys with the thick eyeglasses and the big foreheads can come up with this.
That would make twilight hunting far more interesting.
Why didn’t I think of that?
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Can’t really have a tracer on a round projectile. Tracers work by having a burning chemical (phosphorus) at the tail end of the round. Given that shot is round, there’s no tail end (not to mention the wadding which might prevent ignition even if you did load some phosphorus into shot pieces).
Though the fact that shot is not necessarily facing in the same direction all the time (have to expect rotation), any burning area may well not be facing you much of the time and thus really not work as a tracer at all.
It would take a lot of engineering and therefore expense to do this if it could be done.
Well what do I know? Guess they did find a way. Wonder how much it costs.
About $18 for 10, and the shot payload is reduced to 3/4 ounce.
It’s more a novelty for clay games.
Silver ones would be awesome for werewolves.
I was going to say it woudl be easy... coat them with a photoluminscent polymer that is activated during the shot. I bet that’s how the ones shown in the link work, because it is so easy, and for the reasons you pointed out conventional tracers would be so hard.
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