Steel Wool with Wax in a Shotgun Shell (Video)


Steel Wool with Wax in a Shotgun Shell (Video)

Chances are, you’ve seen or heard about “wax slugs,” which are nothing more than shotgun shells in which the load of shot pellets has been encapsulated by wax. The notion is that this holds the shot together so it will fly sort of like an unrifled slug, but won’t penetrate as far as a slug.

Some consider it safer than shooting a slug in a home defense situation, on the basis that it might not penetrate walls as easily as a slug. Personally, I prefer buckshot, but that’s neither here nor there.

In the video below, Demolition Ranch takes a look at making wax slugs without any shot. The shot charge has been replaced by steel wool in some shells, and stainless steel scrubber stuff in others. Melted wax was then poured over the steel stuff and allowed to solidify.

The point? To hopefully create a “wax slug” that penetrates less than typical wax slugs.

The targets? Cantaloupes (exposed and behind wood) and concrete blocks.


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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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