I recently shot some 20 gauge Hevi-13 shotshells that looked terrible with bad crimps, leaking buffer and even some that had lost both buffer and shot. I was amazed to see that even though they "looked bad, they shot good." I would never have expected to see the patterns that those shells shot.
Yesterday, I started a new project, testing 3 different 12 gauge chokes but using the same gun and shotshells.
I shot 3 times, with a BPS/SSX combo and current production 3" WXRHD Elite
shotshells with 1.75 oz. of #6 shot. I did not clean between anything between shots. These shells "looked good and shot good."
Here's the 3rd pattern that I shot. 36 hits in the best 3" that I saw, 171 in the best 10" and 312 hits in the 18"x18" area of the target.
The first target had 127 hits in 10" and the second had 162 hits in 10". All 3 had good even patterns in the 18"x18" areas. I don't think a turkey could have escaped any of those shots.
I'll be shooting 2 more chokes with this combination in the next few days as time and the weather allows.