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With the exception of accuracy testing, shotshells loaded with pellets receive the same stringent testing as rimfire and metallic ammunition. Random samples may be tested for patterning. With proper loading controls, the initial testing performed in the development of a shot load should be sufficient to maintain the desired pellet density and distribution.

In contrast, shotshells loaded with single slugs are tested for accuracy. The accuracy of shotgun slugs is marginal compared to rifle ammunition.

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