blind side high velocity vs black cloud snow goose loads


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By KICKER - 7/18/2013 11:23:33 AM
blind side high velocity vs black cloud snow goose loads.

What would you shoot?
By Joe Hunter - 7/18/2013 1:27:55 PM
Kick -- Not exactly what you ask but here are a few of my pattern numbers that may shed some light into how those loads might pattern.  Of course, you'll need to shoot a few patterns with your gun/choke to know for sure how they will do in your gun/choke.

Patterning results from a 12-gauge 3" Remington 870 Special Purpose with a 28" barrel and factory flush Rem-chokes (pattern average of five, 30" post-shot scribed circle, yardage taped muzzle to target, in-shell pellet count average of five, and true choke constriction from bore gauge).

40 YARDS Mod. (.018" const.)
Federal Black Cloud 3" 1 1/4 oz #2 steel (144 pellets) / pattern 92 (64%)
Winchester Blind Side 3" 1 3/8 oz #2 steel (176 pellets) / pattern 104 (59%)

Most traditional round steel pellet loads that I have shot/patterned through my gun shoot higher pattern percentages and raw pattern numbers that these loads.

Anyway, now you can be the judge.

Good luck.
By Mikey1 - 7/19/2013 10:33:54 PM
I have shot both and can honestly say that I prefer the Black Cloud Snow Goose over the Blind Side. (That being said, I have never patterned a shell out of a shotgun in almost 30 years of hunting). I was shooting both of the mentioned loads out of my SX2 and my SBE2, each with either a full or modified Vortex choke tube. If you are going to be field hunting out of a layout blind, The Vortex full choke and BC's are flat-out BRUTAL on geese!  I was able to take birds from longer distances than with other shells that I had used in the past such as Dryloks & Xperts, but that's not why I was using them.  I had a higher ratio of kills to cripples using the BC's and was just overall happier with them.