Turkeys & Waterfowl Beware: Kent’s New Loads Are More Deadly

Updated packaging aren’t the only changes for Faststeel–you’ll get faster velocities, too.

Kent was founded in 1996 by members of a hunt club, and the demands of hunting guide the production of their shotgun loads. This year there’s a big update made to their Faststeel and Turkey loads.


Kent’s been making Faststeel since 1998. The Faststeel shells now feature a better base wad that will help it to cycle better in all chambers. The loads feature nickel plated and now they have faster velocities thanks to modern powder updates. You’ll see new packaging, but their shot will maintain the same consistency for which Kent is famous.

Kent’s precision steel shot is remarkable because of its size conformity, and conformity leads to consistency and consistency is the key to accuracy. Faststeel 6 shot is pictured here.

TK7 Penetrator

The new TK7 Penetrator features #7 tungsten shot, and tungsten is 38% denser than lead. That means that each 1-5/8 ounce load carries more pellets that will penetrate more than lead rounds. The 1100 fps velocities offer manageable recoil.

The Faststeel loads cost between $15.99 and $22.99, and the TK7 Penetrator shells will run $29 to $32.99. Both are available now. Learn more from Kent’s website.

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  • Robert voves May 21, 2019, 7:17 pm

    Why do the TK7 tungsten shells weight only 15 G/cc when pure tungsten comes in at 18 G/cc

  • Robert Braid January 30, 2019, 9:36 am

    Big news, the new loads are faster….. so how fast are they?????

    You don’t need to read past the title to get the story on this one.

  • 2 Tall Paul January 30, 2019, 5:58 am

    If something has the same size but weighs more, then it would take less of it to have the same mass as it’s counterpart. So if tungsten is heavier then lead, for 1oz of it in number 7 shot, there will be less pellets, not more as you stated, when compared to lead shot in the same size.

    • Brian January 30, 2019, 10:09 am

      Paul, of course you are exactly right. I believe the unwritten assumption here is that the total weight of shot is also heavier, due to the density – you can’t get 1 5/8 oz lead loads in a 3″ shell. Based on that 1 5/8 oz number for the tungsten 3″ shell, and the 38% denser than lead number, I would figure these loads have just a hair more pellets than the same shot size in a lead 1 1/8 oz load.

      So the idea would be same number of pellets as your normal “heavy” lead load, but each of them 38% denser and therefore better penetrators. Of course accelerating all that mass hurts, so lets pull the velocity back to 1100fps…. that’s another discussion I suppose. Does 38% more mass per pellet of the same size, running at a muzzle velocity 15% lower, still get you more penetration? Intuition says yes, but I’d be interested to see some controlled results.

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