It’s been about three years ago that we did some of the initial hunts with the Seneca WingShot air powered shotgun. I’ve had the opportunity to used it on fur and feathers, and have written and done videos on some of these hunts. More recently I’ve used the double barrel version, the DoubleShot.
I had a couple of interesting hunts where I put the DoubleShot through its paces on jackrabbits out in West Texas. I was going on a hog hunt with my DoubleShot and planned to test out the AirBolts with the gun, but with a free day it seemed the perfect opportunity to try a new (to me) Double Load technique on rabbits
I’d had mixed results using the shotgun on fur in previous hunts, and though the gun seemed to hit hard, I noticed that the pellet density was less than great on many of the squirrels and rabbit I’d recovered on previous hunts. I tried different shot which didn’t seem to improve this much, and I also used a longer shell which was somewhat better. The limiting factor with a longer shell is that the dimensions of the loading port limits the length of the shell which can be inserted.
The solution is quite simple when you think about: load two shells! When Rossi and I took the single barrel WingShot out to hunt Eurasian collared doves we’d noticed that while incoming and outgoing shots were easier to dial in, the crossing shots were tougher…. much tougher. My thought was that this was due to the low number of pellets in the shell resulting in a shorter shot string, and this was also the reason for the less impressive results at distance on larger quarry.
We found that by double loading the shells there was no significant reduction in the velocity of the denser shot pattern, and that more pellets were delivered on target. After testing this on paper, I took the gun out for jackrabbits, and the results were impressive. Rabbits at 30 yards were consistantly knock over with authority. I loaded two of the longer shells with #6 shot, and simply inserted the firs at as far as it would go into the barrel and pushed the second up against it. It works a charm and has a dramatic impact on efficacy. If you own this shotgun or the WingShot, give this technique a try.