Winchester® Blind Side™ Waterfowl Load Shotshells
No choke on game day!!!!
Two seasons now I have have used 12 ga 3 1/2" #2 Blind sides on big water and fields. Between smoking divers at 70 mph @ 40 yds and dumping snows and Canadians these shells flat out shoot better. I am in an area that doesn't really stock much in the way of water fowling gear so when I can i stock up. Compared to the Xpert stuff they sell at the local stores this stuff is pure cubed gold. Take the time and spend the extra money to pattern them. Mine shot well out of my improved choke, but i had similar results from Xpert. Paired it up with the Blind Side XL Full choke and added 10-15 yards of easy effective dead drop range. Bottom line is if you want to flock shoot birds at 75 yards go buy a fishing pole, if you want to stone cold kill everyone you call in and get to finish get the good stuff.
January 3, 2013
Best i've used yet
I would've never thought a cube shaped shot would've held as good a pattern as compared to other round shot... but I have been proved wrong. This is by far the best shell I've used to duck hunt with.
Like other people have mentioned, any shots up to 40 yards equals a dead duck with one shot... though I have taken several at 40+ yards as well. I can't say that i've had as good of results from using other equally priced shells such as Black Cloud, Kent and Remington.
December 30, 2012
No Knockdown Power
Just yesterday we had 5 or 6 opportunities to knock down ducks that were landing in our decoy spread. I was using the 3inch #2 shot and my buddy was using the 31/2 inch #2 shot, and our shot distances were between 30 and 35 yards. Mind you these ducks were at the point of landing, where they are easiest to shoot and we are both very experienced hunters that are very good shots. We spent 3 shells a piece on these ducks and we have nothing to show for it. The ducks fluttered and lost some feathers but flew away. It is my firm belief that Winchester's goal is to pack as many bb's into a target at the expense of knockdown power. I think it is time to switch to Federal Black Cloud or give Kent a try. Also, we did take the time to pattern our shotguns and with several chokes, we were able to produce convincing patterns at 40 yards but these shells will not kill mallards at 40 yards.
December 29, 2014
Nothing special. Priced high. In a box of 25, had 2 no fires, and one shell with end cut off. Had to have happened at factory cause the shot wasn't in bottom of box. Haven't even made it through whole box yet either. So approximately a 20% fail rate. Emailed Winchester with pictures, 5 months later, no response. Called yesterday, got passed around, and eventually given another number to call. Number isn't for anything to do with Winchester at all.
Poor quality, poor company. Am personally done using Winchester at all.
February 19, 2013