Are the pellets in the new HEVI-Metal® the same as in HEVI-Steel®?

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No. HEVI-Metal® shells use a layer of large steel balls beneath a layer of lethal high-density balls. All of the pellets have the approximately the same ballistic performance and lethality – there are just many more of them in HEVI-Metal® shells than in any other shells. The high-density pellets weigh less than the steel pellets, but have less wind resistance, so they carry lethal energy out to 40 yards and beyond (for the larger sizes). Couple that advantage to our larger wads, and you can see how we get more pellets into the shotshell.
By contrast, HEVI-Steel® pellets all have the same density, about 20% denser than steel.
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