The TSS Difference

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Density is king. We’ve led the industry with the design and manufacturing of our game-changing high-density Tungsten Super Shot (TSS). An industry first, TSS is made from a 18.1 g/cc density tungsten alloy, which means the shot size can be reduced and pattern retention is increased. That means sending more shot down range with increased knockdown power. And our TSS shotshells deliver the most consistent patterns in the industry. APEX utilizes this ultra-high-density tungsten shot in its Turkey, Upland, Waterfowl and Predator hunting loads.


The powerful component behind our TSS shells is Tungsten. It is the highest density non-toxic metal that is approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The premise is straight forward, when the density is increased, the shot size can be reduced without losing knockdown performance. Lead has a density of 11.34g/cc giving it more inertia and energy at impact than steel shot which comes in at 7.86g/cc. That is why lead was predominately offered in smaller shot while our common steel loads are in larger sizes; mass of the pellet making up for the lack of density. Alternative non-toxic alloys have been created with densities as high as 13-15 g/cc. None, however, have ever come close to our TSS, which has the ultimate density of 18.1 g/cc. This superior alloy allows the versatility to put more shot in unmatched payloads creating the most effective pattern.

Shot Count Per Ounce
TSS #2 TSS #4 TSS #5 TSS #6 TSS #7 TSS #7 1/2 TSS #8 TSS #8 1/2 TSS #9
54/oz 83/oz 106/oz 139/oz 185/oz 220/oz 254/oz 308/oz 362/oz
Shot Count Per Shell
2 1/2 oz 2 1/4 oz 2 oz 1 5/8 oz 1 3/8 oz
#9 Shot 905 pellets 814 pellets 724 pellets 590 pellets 498 pellets
#8.5 Shot 770 pellets 693 pellets 616 pellets 500 pellets 423 pellets
#8 Shot 635 pellets 570 pellets 510 pellets 410 pellets 350 pellets
#7.5 Shot 550 pellets 495 pellets 440 pellets 358 pellets 302 pellets
#4 Shot 208 pellets 186 pellets 166 pellets 135 pellets 114 pellets
#2 Shot 135 pellets 121 pellets 108 pellets 87 pellets 74 pellets
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