Remington HyperSonic Review

Remington HyperSonic Review

remington_3Pressure, Payload and velocity. It's a delicate balancing act Remington has seemingly mastered with 1,700 fps HyperSonic, a super-hot non-toxic that cuts lead and delivers superior energy at the point of impact.

Prior to the advent of steel shot, hunters were content to shoot loads in the 1,200 to 1,300 fps range. The original 12-gauge, 3-inch magnum had a velocity of 1,350 fps while pushing a moderate payload of 1⅜ ounces of lead.


Steel is about two-thirds as dense as lead, so velocities had to go up. Early steel was slow, too weak for geese and ducks. With better propellants, loads  gradually pushed into the 1,400 fps range and on up to 1,600, displaying real killing power.



Then Remington unveiled HyperSonic.

The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Institute (SAAMI) is our national governing body, setting standards for firearm and ammunition construction and manufacture. One of the more important of these is ammunition pressure. But, the most important is service pressure­ — a shell that can be consistently fired in a shotgun in good working order.


The service pressure for the 2¾- and 3-inch 12-gauge is 11,500 psi and for the 3½-inch 12, 1,400 psi.


remington_4Remington's engineers came up with a clever way to keep pressures safe, yet deliver blisteringly-fast velocity. A law of physics states, if you double the volume, you halve the pressure. Remington accomplished this with the Xelerator wad, a ⅝-inch long tube with a ⅛-inch opening at the bottom.

When the propellant is charged, the wad is then seated, filling this tube with powder. Upon ignition, the extra-hot primer ignites this small powder charge thereby pushing the entire payload forward, effectively doubling (or more) the volume of space. When the remaining propellant is lighted, pressures are kept within safe limits.

Hard steel pellets react better to being flung down the barrel at 1,159 mph than soft lead, but there is a trade-off in terms of patterning.

HyperSonic test patterns, shooting a Remington VersaMax with .215 constriction (modified) Carlson's choke, showed central thickening within the inner 20-inch circle, containing an average of 38 percent of the 59 percent of the pellets striking within our 30-inch circle. Twenty-one percent penetrated the outer ring.

We counted 84 pellets in a BB shotshell — normal pellet count is 89 — and a goose struck with this load would be very dead. The load specifies 1¼-ounce of BBs, and on the top of the deconstructed loads were several light plastic discs we presume to be space fillers put there to make sure the payload occupies every available bit of space, and ensuring the interplay between the crimp and initial ignition vital to the consistent performance of this load.

remington_2On the chronograph, the three-foot velocities were less than 1,700 fps. We shot on a warm 80-degree day and our average for five shots was 1,594 fps with the recorded high being 1,620 and low 1,561 fps. We were not in a laboratory, so our results might be challenged by Remington's engineers. But be absolutely certain, HyperSonic is lethal if you do your part. At 40 yards, the retained pellet energy is 9.81 foot/pounds, and you only need five pellets striking a goose with 3 ft/lbs each of energy to ensure a kill, so it's beyond enough.

HyperSonic is an excellent load for wildfowling, just don't let the high velocity go to your head and start stretching your barrel. Sure, this load has the capability to kill at extended ranges, but that doesn't automatically mean you do.

My Choke Tube Is Stuck!

I received a frenzied email from WF editor, Skip Knowles cursing a stuck choke tube in his Beretta A400. He went on to lament all the steps he had taken to try to get it loose. It took two men, a vise, a pipe wrench, a hammer, a 2x4, a broken choke wrench, soaking in solvent in the sun, a whole can of PB Blaster... A stuck tube is common. I've mutilated two that were seized in my wife's skeet gun.

remington_chartWe can prevent this problem first by using a good non-seize grease like Pro-Shot, or an auto lube like Permatex or other anti-seize grease. This stuff is nasty, so use latex gloves, and for that matter any time you clean guns.

If you get a stuck tube bathe it in penetrating oil, then heat the barrel lightly with a hair dryer to draw it into the threads, and let it sit.

Use the proper choke-tube wrench to try to loosen it. If this fails, a good solid rap with a mallet on the wrench may break it loose. Beyond this, whatever works, Vise Grips, pipe wrench, anything that will give you good leverage.

Lastly, occasionally loosen and re-tighten your tubes to keep them moving, and pull 'em out and relube them from time to time.

remington_f

Recommended for You

Retriever

Gun Dog Nutrition & Intelligence

Tony J. Peterson

Nourish your pup's noggin for elite performance.

Stories

The Accidental Duck Dog

Jack Ballard

A dainty English setter suited for the uplands has the drive for waterfowl.

Hunting Tactics

Take Advantage of the Specklebelly Surge

John Gordon

Here's how to cash in on the spreading numbers of white-fronts.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Arkansas Snow Geese

Wildfowl Editor Skip Knowles took this short video showing all the Snow Geese flying. Let's just say, he had a very good hunt!

Swedish Duck Hunt

Kevin Steele takes part in a family driven duck hunt in Sweden.

Picking a Puppy

Wildfowl contributor Mark Romanack shares advice about choosing your next retriever.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Calls

Cowboy Fernandez Commemorative Yentzen Classic Duck Call

Lynn Burkhead - January 28, 2019

As Groves, Texas duck call maker Sure-Shot Game Calls celebrates their 60th anniversary during...

Boats

8 Best Mud Motors for 2016

David Hart - May 26, 2016

Let's face it, that old mud motor from two years ago isn't cuttin' it any longer. Of course,...

Shotguns

Best Waterfowl Shotguns of 2018

John Taylor - September 25, 2018

Author John M. Taylor has broken down the top waterfowl shotguns for the 2018 season.

See More Stories

More Ammo

Ammo

How It's Made: Exploring Rio Ammunition's New Texas Facility

John Taylor - July 15, 2015

The familiar clickety-clack of loaders turning out boxes of shotgun shells in mere seconds is...

Ammo

Federal Black Cloud FS Steel Review

L.P. Brezny - October 08, 2014

It is not big news that hunting across the country over the past couple of years, hunters have...

Ammo

Browning BXD Waterfowl Shotshell Review

John Taylor - March 30, 2016

Old-time hunters will recall Browning was briefly in the ammunition business during the late...

See More Ammo

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×