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I've found both pellet founds and slug rounds for the Winchester, and tested them both out, but can't really notice any difference between the two.

What's the difference between slugs and pellets?

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Am I the only one who read Winchester and remember of the Winchester's from Supernatural? – Michel May 12 '12 at 14:07
@MichelAyres Nope, haha. First thing I thought of when I found the weapon. I love that show. – Wipqozn May 12 '12 at 14:08
Well, in real life, pellets are more what you'd normally think of when you hear shotgun: small metal BBs which erupt from the barrel in a cone shape. Slugs are more like bullets: a large chunk of metal which fires in a straight line. Whether that's the same in Arma, I don't know, but given the realism of the game, I'd think it would be. I have a friend who plays it, I'll double check with him later. – SaintWacko May 14 '12 at 17:00

I think the pellets can kill more than one zombie per shot, if you get the shot right. The slugs have more stopping power and no spread, so they're better for range. Also, I believe they're reducing the power of the 'winnie' so pellets might not be up to the task of one shotting zombies any more.

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What has led you to this conclusion? Also, why do you think they are reducing the power of the winchesteR? – Wipqozn May 23 '12 at 10:14 and watching a guy kill multiple z in one shot in various episodes of this: – Lynden Shields May 23 '12 at 13:17
also with slugs only one bullet strike animation is shown, where pellets show a few in a spread, just like a real shotgun, except less pellets – Lynden Shields May 23 '12 at 13:20
To kill multiple zombies in one shot, you need two zombies who are very close to each other and far enough away from you so that the spread of the pellets will hit both, but not so far that they don't do enough damage, or spread too far. If the zombies are too far apart then some pellets may go through the gap and therefore not enough damage will be done that way too. – Lynden Shields May 24 '12 at 22:51
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From the DayZ wiki:

Slugs are solid rounds for shotguns that have decent range and stopping power. Pellets are rounds of buckshot that spread out at short range (about a quarter of the range of slugs). Pellets are more situational, and are probably only superior to slugs in buildings.

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The pellets used in the shotgun spread out like a normal shotgun cartridge does and the slugs are like large bullets.

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Actually in Dayz the Winchester is a shotgun (uses shotgun ammo) – Holger Jul 22 '12 at 22:35

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