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APEX Ammunition Wins Gray’s Best Award

APEX Ammunition’s high-performance, ultra-high-density Tungsten Super Shot (TSS) shotshells have won a prestigious Gray’s Best award.

Each year the editors of Gray’s Sporting Journal test new products to determine which truly stand out as the best in their category.  They “select gear that not only makes good first impressions, but also satisfies during repeated use.”  Gray’s Best winners, according to the editors, “not only deliver on the claims of their makers but also have an extra attribute, an extra something that triggers a tenor of feel, remembrance, or aesthetic and can be defined only as …..satisfying. Much like Gray’s itself.”

The following are excerpts from the Gray’s Sporting Journal 2023 Expeditions and Guides Annual:

“The world of shotshells has split in several directions since federal legislation in the 1980s mandated non-lead shot for migratory birds. Companies have sprung up specifically to produce “non-toxic” shells, using various metals for shot pellets, from steel (iron) to bismuth to tungsten… Tungsten is heavier than lead…but it’s harder than steel, which makes it necessary to load it differently and pay close attention to what shotgun you use. Apex is a company in Mississippi that looked at these problems and decided the answer was a line of hand-crafted loads in different gauges, specifically for waterfowl and turkey hunting…By essentially hand-loading each round, Apex produces premium products that produce premium-plus results.”

  • Terry Wieland, Shooting Editor

With an industry-leading density of 18.1 g/cc, APEX TSS Turkey, Waterfowl, Upland Bird, and Predator loads hit with devastating energy for maximum penetration and knockdown power. Each handloaded shell features clean-burning powder and APEX’s tungsten-grade wad system engineered to deliver the tightest patterns possible with maximum barrel protection.

“We are honored and elated to be recognized by Gray’s Sporting Journal with a Gray’s Best award,” said Jason Lonsberry, CEO of APEX Ammunition. “We have put our hearts and souls into making the finest, most accurate shotshells on the market – meticulously handloading each TSS load for optimal patterning and performance – and we deeply appreciate Gray’s recognition of our efforts.”

APEX TSS loads are available in multiple gauges – 10 ga., 12 ga., 16 ga., 20 ga., 28 ga., and .410 bore – and a variety of shot sizes, shell lengths and blends. APEX also offers Small Batch Private Label custom loadings. For more information, visit

About APEX Ammunition

What started in 2017 with a few handmade shells for a hunting trip with buddies has become an obsession to provide wingshooters with the absolute best performing ammunition possible. Founded by U.S. Veterans and hunting enthusiasts in the great state of Mississippi, APEX Ammunition pioneered the commercial application of ultra-high-density Tungsten Super Shot to create the hardest hitting, most accurate shot loads in the business. The driving principle behind the company’s continued quest for innovation and better performance is its commitment to delivering a hunting experience like no other. For more information, visit

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