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Old 07-24-2008, 12:02 AM
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Now this is a Buckshot Pattern!


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"This ain't your grandaddy's buckshot load!" (self quote)

Tri-Ball 3" 12 Gauge Buckshot by Dixie Slugs Co.

One shot, three .60 caliber holes to point of aim at 40 yards with a vent rib and a bead sight.

Thought you guys would like to see this.
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Old 07-24-2008, 12:12 AM
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What kind of shell is this called.
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Old 07-24-2008, 12:38 AM
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What kind of shell is this called.
The Tri-Ball II and Tri-Ball III are buckshot loads manufactured by Dixie Slugs Co.

By the way, a 00 buckshot pellet weighs 1/8th ounce, one Tri-Ball pellet weighs 3/4th ounce!
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Old 07-24-2008, 01:32 AM
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Dixie ammo

I have used Dixie's slug ammo. Impressive. I was/am going to try the Tri-Ball. Dixie has photos of some very small groups, like yours, fired at 40yds from an extra full choke. http://www.dixieslugs.com/
What distance the test?
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Old 07-24-2008, 03:48 AM
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Mr. Gates' (Dixie Slugs) loading information for his original 3-Ball shell (The "Dixie Hog Cruncher") is on this Forum. I load that one. That one used .570" roundballs, I subbed .575". Recently he posted load info for the .600" load, but I disremember what board it was on. I'll be loading that one when I get a .600" mold.

If you're into shotgunning, those loads are great fun. I haven't shot anything but targets, wetpack and other testing media so far, but those big ol' balls chugging right along have great penetration. No doubt will be good on most large game.

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Old 07-24-2008, 05:23 AM
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Friends...Like the man said, I played with three ball loads for some time...in the field! If you are going to reload a three ball loads (.570" to .600"), I would suggest getting the Orange wad (they will know what Dixie uses) form Precision Reloading. Use only a straight wall 12 ga 3" hull like Fiocchi or Chrddite. Be sure the ball is pushed hard to the bottom of the wad! We use a powder that is not available to the public, but Blue Dot works good. Vibrate the buffer around the balls and roll crimp. With the Orange wad, our Board of Advisor Ralph has found that a .675" choke seems to give the most uniform tight pattens. The balls cast be cast from WW with about 3% (by weight) of Tin. The Speer/Hornady pure lead .570"ball will work on deer, but we now know hard cast is better for hogs.
The present Dixie Tri-Ball loads are about the fourth generation of development. All of you here already know how deadly hard cast is!
Over on Dixie, we get quite a few hits on the post about Beartooth Bullets, plus emails...many about what we use in the .357 Mag. Marshall's heavy .357 hard cast bullets do work very good on deer and hogs indeed!
I prefer WW 296 for those loads, but we have been testing LiL'Gun in the 44's in the Marlins....looks pretty good! Marshall has sme 250's that work real goood with LiL'Gun! Maybe some day we will get Marshall to cast/sell some ful bore 12 ga .727" - 600 gr slug/bullets. We get requests all the time, but all ours go into loaded rounds at present.
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Old 10-09-2008, 11:37 AM
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Buy It Buy It Buy It

I have some of these and wish I'd ordered $200 worth. They kick like a mule when you fire them but DAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMNNNNNNNNNN whatever you hit with them should go down or die gushing somewhere nearby! Their customer service was top notch and they give you a free wad and balls to test your barrel and choke for clearance without tools or gutting a live shell. I got a free box with 10 (55 rounds), and FAST shipping.
These are the most fun shotgun loads I've ever used (after I put on a shirt pad!)
Keep at least 2 of these in your side saddle or put something to mark them so you don't mix them with your regular loads.

They are a great solution for people with ported and backbored barrels who can't use slugs without changing barrels, or for people using a tight choke who don't want to take it out when something big and ugly decides to hunt you!

They came in premo hulls with roll crimped ends and water resistant top cards. They feed perfectly and extract easily.
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Dixie Slugs Downtime Nov. 1 to Dec. 1

Thought you might like to know.

From the Dixie Slugs Forum:

Dixie Slugs will be closed to orders from Nov. 1st to Dec. 1st. 2009 to give the crew time off for hunting and Thanksgiving holidays.

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Dixie Slugs Order Page

I see that Dixie Slugs order page is back online today.
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Old 12-15-2009, 05:32 PM
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I love everything about Dixie Slugs. I put Mr. Gates up there with Veral Smith and Marshall Stanton. I agree that it would be nice if either Bearthooth or Dixie Slugs would sell us slugs for reloading for use in smothbores.
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Old 12-15-2009, 08:03 PM
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Carry Tri-Ball when small game hunting.

No, Southern squirrels are not that tough!

However, with the population explosion of wild hogs over most of the Southeast, it pays to be ready for any opportunity.

Even if you don't usually use buckshot for deer hunting - Tri-Ball is one load that should be in your pocket if your small game hunt turns into a hog hunt!

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when i was a kid i hunted with an old man who often spoke of using, "whistlers". which he described as a three ball buck shot. he claimed they were good on a deer out to 50 yards. i think he may have brought the whistlers home from WWI.
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when i was a kid i hunted with an old man who often spoke of using, "whistlers". which he described as a three ball buck shot. he claimed they were good on a deer out to 50 yards. i think he may have brought the whistlers home from WWI.
Military 00 buckshot in the WWI era was loaded in a brass case with 9 pellets in three layers of 3 pellets. The term "Blue Whistlers" was a common slang term for buckshot in that era. It was also not uncommon for hunters of that era to refer to buckshot loads by the number of pellets per layer in the shell. Most likely that was the "three ball buck shot" load your hunting mentor was talking about.

General "Blackjack" Pershing had shotguns issued to large numbers of U.S. troops for breaking up German charges and as "trench-cleaners."
The tremendous success of this tactic led the Germans to protest the American use of shotguns as "Inhumane Red-Indian Warfare."

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ralph, thanks for the history lesson. i never saw him with the whistlers just remember him talking about how good they were for deer. he did fight in europe during wwI so he may have picked up the term from the war. i distinctly remember him telling of the three holes which could be covered with your hand. i do not think he was talking about 3 layers of 3.
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when i was a kid i hunted with an old man who often spoke of using, "whistlers". which he described as a three ball buck shot. he claimed they were good on a deer out to 50 yards. i think he may have brought the whistlers home from WWI.
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The "old man" was probably talking about the military brass cased 9 pellet buckshot ammo - but he used the now obsolete "Western" #3 Buckshot designation instead of the current 00B for the same size pellet.

Western buckshot pellet size comparison to current:

Western #1 = 0000B = .38"
Western #2 = 000B = .36"
Western #3 = 00B = .33"
Western #4 = 0B = .32"
Western #5 = 1B = .30"

Lawrence shot sold bagged buckshot using Western sizes as late as 1979.

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"This ain't your grandaddy's buckshot load!" (self quote)

Tri-Ball 3" 12 Gauge Buckshot by Dixie Slugs Co.

One shot, three .60 caliber holes to point of aim at 40 yards with a vent rib and a bead sight.

Thought you guys would like to see this.
Haven't had that kind of luck with that load with my guns, looks like that load and your gun are the right combination, good shooting.
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The Tri-Ball II and Tri-Ball III are buckshot loads manufactured by Dixie Slugs Co.

By the way, a 00 buckshot pellet weighs 1/8th ounce, one Tri-Ball pellet weighs 3/4th ounce!
Alas, NJ laws limit pellet size to 000 :-(
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Ralph, just curious. Are you loading the Tri-Ball, or are you buying them? If you're loading them, what cup slit configuration are you using?

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I did not take photos so take this for what it's worth, but I have shot several groups with my Beretta 390, Briley .685 extended choke that looked like the one posted by Ralph. With an extended IM choke groups open to about 6-8 inches at 40 yards. There is no production "regular buckshot" load that compares for patterning and especially penetration in my opinion.

I have not shot a huge amount of deer or hogs with this load, but the ones I have taken with it were taken cleanly and quickly and showed massive tissue damage and deep penetration if not complete pass-throughs.

I HAVE taken a lot of deer and hogs with black powder and .58 or.62 roundballs out of a Hawken type rifle and I KNOW what those projectiles will do to game within their range limitations and these TriBall loads are providing the same kind of energy with multiple hard cast balls. It is bad stuff!!!

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