I cut one of the new shells open and counted 76 pellets, indeed held together by the resin. The BBs seem to create an ideal blend of pellet count and pellet size (by comparison, there are 41 pellets in a 3-inch No. 4 buckshot load). In my experience, the predators that stay down from a shotgun blast are those hit multiple times in the right place. One lucky hunk of buckshot rarely does the job. On Criner's advice, I tried VarmintX in my gun through a .660-constriction turkey tube. It was an informal range session, resting the gun on my knee and using just the factory bead. But I was astounded with the results. At 30 yards, every pellet hit in a ragged, 12-inch cluster. For giggles, I fired several rounds at 70 yards (checked with a rangefinder), and was still getting 5 to 7 holes inside a 20-inch circle. That’s iffy on a coyote with such small pellets—but 70 yards is iffy for any shotgun. I've never seen buckshot of any size reliably land more than a hit or two at that range. Bottom line, this load should crush coyotes at 50 yards and in, and that's all you can really expect out of a shotgun.