It’s rare to see any kind of innovation in the ammunition field, and the ammunition you see that is innovative is often expensive and requires a special weapon to utilize it. The Winchester PDX 1 12 gauge round though works in any 12 gauge that can fire slugs and not modification is necessary. The PDX series of ammo is Winchester’s newest entry into the ammo realm, and is tailored specifically for self defense. The PDX 1 12 gauge is designed to be fire from an 18 inch barrel.
The PDX 1 12 gauge is a one ounce rifled slug, which isn’t innovative by itself, but it’s construction is quite interesting. Winchester calls it the split core technology, and the slug’s rear core is welded to the projectile’s jacket but the front isn’t. This allows for massive trauma, with excellent penetration. The round is designed to splinter into three pieces once it strikes the body and divided and cause multiple wound trails.
Behind that slug is three rounds of plated buckshot. Plated buckshot if different than lead shot, and offers a lot more penetration than a traditional piece of lead shot. The ammunition is designed to cause as much damage as possible, and give one of the main benefits of buckshot, multiple wound channels. Shot placement is king in a gunfight, where you hit is the most important factor. With a round like this you get the long range effects of a shotgun slug, with the effect and multiple projectiles striking the body, or splintering off into the body. More projectiles give you more chances to score a vital hit.
The PDX 1 12 gauge is an interesting round that while designed for self defense against humans, would make an excellent hunting round, as well as a bit of bear medicine should you need it. The PDX 1 12 gauge rounds are also not extremely expensive, and they can be had for around 15 bucks for 10 rounds.