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Browning Ammunition Adds New Hard-Hitting #3 Shot Size to BXD Line

Looking for a new hard-hitting waterfowl load this fall that delivers lethal patterns at longer downrange distances? Check out Browning Ammunition's award winning BXD Waterfowl Extra Distance loads now available in #3 shot!

Browning Ammunition Adds New Hard-Hitting #3 Shot Size to BXD Line
Browning Ammunition BXD Waterfowl Loads (Courtesy of Browning Ammo)

For many waterfowlers, choosing a shot size in their non-toxic load is something of a compromise, particularly when wary ducks are flying over the outer edges of a decoy spread.

On the one hand, #4 shot loads carry enough pellets to bring solid pattern coverage over the spread although not with the hard-hitting performance of #2 shot. That often leads to duck blind questions about how to gain the best of both loads in a high-quality shotshell.

If that's the dilemma faced in your blind, fret no more thanks to the new #3 shotshell BXD Waterfowl Extra Distance loads from Browning Ammunition. Now available in 12 and 20-gauge 3-inch shells, these #3 loads are premium plated round-steel shot that are made to keep patterns tight out to 50 and 60-yards while still delivering enough lethal energy at such ranges to knock down a hard-flying late season greenhead.

Browning BXD Waterfowl Extra Distance #3 Loads:

Gauge Shell Length Shot Size Ounces Velocity
12 3" 3 1 ¼ 1450 fps
20 3" 3 1 1300 fps

Using aerodynamically stabilized long-range wads, this new Browning BXD Waterfowl load keeps the #3 shot charge together as it travels through the bore at velocities of 1,450-feet per second for the 12-gauge and 1,300-feet per second for the 20-gauge. The wads also help control the separation of pellet loads – 1 ¼ ounces in 12-gauge and 1-ounce in 20-gauge – which helps result in a better pattern as the load travels down-range.

Thanks to its premium plated round-steel shot, corrosion resistance and better aerodynamics performance are additional pluses for this new load size according to Browning.

"All shot is not created equal," stated Browning Ammunition brand manager Ben Frank in a news release announcing the new #3 loads and a 2018 NRA product award following the NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas.

"Browning BXD Waterfowl uses the most optimum shot for this line of ammunition and pairs it with a specially engineered wad to provide waterfowlers with the ability to shoot tight patterns at longer distances out to 50 and 60-yards."

Look for the new #3 Browning BXD Waterfowl Extra Distance loads at local retailers soon. For more information, visit

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