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HEVI-Shot Hevi-Hammer Upland Shotshells: New Gear Review

The new shotgun load from HEVI-Shot brings non-toxic knockdown power in a unique blend for versatile wingshooters.

HEVI-Shot Hevi-Hammer Upland Shotshells: New Gear Review

HEVI-Hammer Upland serves as a superior non-toxic shotshell for when legally mandated, for mixed bag upland/waterfowl hunts, or for satisfying your environmentally conscious choosing. (Photo By: Chris Ingram)

If you’re anything like me, once bird season sets off, we try to spend as much time as we can in the field.  It’s not uncommon for us to step into covers that hold a variety of small, medium, or large-sized upland birds as well as ducks, geese, and other small game, all at the same time. Until now, it’s been a chore to match a proper shotshell that satisfied a short list of prerequisites. We need something that will range the gamut of game species; a load that may not be perfect at any one thing, but ready for anything. 

Ready for Action

With the growing demand of eco-friendly hunters and expanding regulatory mandates for non-toxic shot usage on public lands, ammunition manufacturers are increasing their outputs of alternative, lead-free options. With ample ammo selections to choose from, there is a unique load for every gun-gauge-bird-price equation—and now a shotshell stepping in as a new common denominator.


HEVI-Shot has long been recognized by hunters for delivering top-performing non-toxic payloads that pack a punch. With their steel, bismuth, tungsten, and blended metal loads, they’ve given us plenty to meddle around with to find that ideal combination for our unique needs. And now they’ve expanded their catalog of ammo for wingshooters in their new HEVI-Hammer Upland shotshell

HEVI-Shot HEVI-Hammer Upland shotgun ammunition
Unlock more opportunities with the new HEVI-Shot HEVI-Hammer Upland non-toxic bird hunting load. (Photo By: Chris Ingram)

Problem Solved

This innovative blend combines a leading edge of hard-hitting bismuth pellets over steel pellets, and at approximately 1,350 feet per second, you’re going to get the muzzle velocity you need to deliver enough down-range energy to kill birds cleanly. Bismuth aims to help reduce your cripple count, bringing 15 percent higher density and 50 percent more knockdown power than steel at 40 yards. Density matters. Density leads to a tighter pattern with less scatter, higher velocities, and more retained energy, all of which leads to cleaner kills and more bang for your buck.

Coming in a 3-inch shell with #3 or #5 shot size for 12- and 20-gauges, this versatile hunting load is equally equipped to ballistically—and legally—drop most upland birds and waterfowl on intentional or impromptu mixed bag hunts. Gone are the days of carrying multiple boxes of shells or being caught with a long-lost lead shell in your strap vest. HEVI-Hammer Upland serves as a superior non-toxic shotshell for when legally mandated, for mixed bag upland/waterfowl hunts, or for satisfying your environmentally conscious choosing.


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