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At the Range with the Winchester PDX1 Defender

by Richard Nance   |  May 15th, 2012 7

If you own a shotgun for home defense, you’re probably keenly aware of the pros and cons of various loads. Buckshot is less apt to over-penetrate your intended target, but depending on several factors, it can be difficult to predict just how much your pattern will spread at a given distance. This can make registering a precise hit somewhat difficult.

Slugs, on the other hand, tend to be very accurate, which makes hitting your target relatively easy, but over-penetration is a serious concern. This makes the slug an unlikely choice for home defense. Some choose birdshot as a defensive load, while others contend that birdshot is insufficient for personal protection. Fortunately, thanks to Winchester, selecting an appropriate home defense load for your 12 gauge shotgun just got easier.

The Winchester PDX1 Defender segmenting slug affords the shooter the accuracy of a traditional slug, without the inherent likelihood of over penetration.  The PDX1 is a 12-gauge, 2¾-inch, 1-ounce slug that travels at 1,600 feet per second. What sets this load apart is that it is specifically designed to separate into three 135- to 150-grain segments upon impact. The result is tremendous energy transfer to the target with less risk of over-penetration. And as you can see, it makes short work of watermelon…

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  • Karl

    Sarshall and Mannow show this to be an 81% one shot stop on water melons.

  • Guest

    @Alan LOL zombie watermelons

  • Ann Ony Mouse

    "I have shot at a lot of things with a shotgun, from birdshot to buck to slugs. These have impacted everything from clay birds to targets to once living creatures. For a deer, I think a one ounce slug is great. For a bear, a heavier slug. For two legged criminals, a lighter slug moving much slower is not only sufficient but much quicker to shoot again, or to shoot other criminals, and not to penetrate everything behind the first targets". Due to the political nature of our government, and to the number of parasites being paid to monitor such communication, I think this quote will go as "Ann Ony Mouse.

  • Bruce

    Awesome …. Zombie Watermelons!

  • Alan_T

    The administrator found zombie watermelons offensive and removed it ? REALLY ? ? ? The administrator lets slide all the racist comments , foul language , foul user names , trolls playing like they are other people , insults for the sake of insults , BUT …. the administrator found zombie watermelons offensive and deleted it ! That's AMAZING ! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Rick

    If that slug does go thru the target I think those segments are headed for parts unknown. It looks like there is about 4 or 5 feet between the watermelon and the back paper and the spread is already pretty large. That said, I wouldn't want to be hit by one.

    Wonder what the spread would be a couple feet behind a wall of drywall?

  • John

    WTF watermelon

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