Drylok vs Blind Side
Here are some pattern numbers from Winchester’s Drylok Super-X Steel and Elite Blind Side Hex Steel loads to provide a comparison on their patterning performance.
All patterns were shot on the same day with a 12-gauge 3-inch Remington 870 Special Purpose with 28-inch barrel and factory flush Rem-chokes (pattern average of five, 30-inch post-shot scribed circle, yardage taped muzzle to target, in-shell pellet count average of five, and true choke constriction from bore gauge).
12 GA 3" WINCHESTER DRYLOK SUPER-X STEEL LOAD
1 1/4 oz #2 steel (162 pellets) @ 1,400 fps
IC (.009" const.) / pattern 94 (58%)
Mod (.016" const.) / pattern 116 (72%)
Mod (.018" const.) / pattern 121 (75%)
F (.037" const.) / pattern 133 (82%)
12 GA 3" WINCHESTER ELITE BLIND SIDE STEEL LOAD
1 3/8 oz #2 Hex Steel (176 pellets) @ 1,400 fps
IC (.009" const.) / pattern 85 (48%)
Mod (.016" const.) / pattern 98 (56%)
Mod (.018" const.) / pattern 104 (59%)
F (.037" const.) / pattern 109 (62%)
First things first, I patterned two different factory flush modified Rem-chokes, one has .016-inch constriction and the other has .018-inch constriction as measured with a bore gauge.
As you can see from the pattern numbers, both loads were able to exceed Roster/CONSEP minimum lethal mallard killin’ pattern density at the tested 40 yards with all chokes except the Blind Side Hex Steel load with the IC choke. And, the lighter 1 ¼-ounce load with fewer spherical steel pellets actually put more pellets in the down range patterns with all chokes tested. When comparing the pattern numbers and pattern percentages, it does look as though the Hex Steel cubic-shaped pellets tend to open patterns.