Making Wax Slugs From Bird Shot Shells

   09.24.20

Making Wax Slugs From Bird Shot Shells

(Image: Screenshot from video)

In these times of ammo shortages, folks wonder how to procure ammunition that would be effective for defense. And when shotgun shells loaded with birdshot are what’s available, that’s what you use. But can the effectiveness of birdshot be enhanced by embedding the shot pellets in molten wax to create a “wax slug?” Hm…

Paul Harrell describes the “wax slugs” he’s made up for testing, and then talks about the four questions he wishes to address about them:

  • Will a wax slug break apart in flight, or remain intact until it reaches a target?
  • If it remains intact, will it be accurate?
  • What sort of effect will it have on whatever it hits — especially compared with birdshot, buckshot, or shotgun slugs?
  • Why? Why even make a wax slug?

And so, on to testing! At 15 yards, we see that the wax slugs do indeed hold together, and they are quite accurate. Nice. But when he tries another brand & shot size, accuracy really goes to pot.

On to effectiveness. He reels out the classic meat target, which he shoots with:

  • No. 7-1/2 birdshot at 5 yards (impressive)
  • No. 7-1/2 birdshot “wax slug” at 5 yards (even more impressive)
  • One-ounce rifled slug at 5 yards (devastating)

So… why make wax slugs? Here are a few answers:

  • Why not?
  • To extend the effective range of bird shot shells.
  • Can’t find any slugs to buy.
  • I’m a cheapskate or can’t afford slugs, which cost a lot more than birdshot.

Enjoy the video, and comment to let us know what you think.

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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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