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ABOUT BIRDSHOT

Shotgun pellets are typically made of steel or lead; the pellets in 7 1/2 shot, the kind Vice President Dick Cheney was using, are just under a 10th of an inch in diameter, small enough that about 35 pieces would cover a dime. Three pieces equal the size of the BB used in a Daisy Red Ryder air rifle. Hospital officials said six to 200 pieces of birdshot might still be lodged in Harry Whittington's body.

Sources: Associated Press, Cleveland Plain Dealer

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