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I have been told I should not use shells loaded with steel shot in my 1927 Model 12, 20 ga.

What are you all using as a suitable substitute?

Thanks in advance, Ed

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Bismuth, Hevi-Shot.

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I was under the impression that heh I shot was harder than steel?

I’ll let others chime in.

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Hevi shot. Spell check got me.

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Oldgrayguns said
I was under the impression that heh I shot was harder than steel?

I’ll let others chime in.

Dominic  

Not all Hevi-shot is created equal – https://www.hevishot.com/catalog/classic-doubles/

I use it in my Model 1897 16-gauge

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Bert H. said

Not all Hevi-shot is created equal – https://www.hevishot.com/catalog/classic-doubles/

I use it in my Model 1897 16-gauge

Bert  

Thank

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My dad ringed the barrel of his 1955 Browning A5 by shooting steel.  The ring will show up at the area where the choke starts.  A cylinder choke MAY be OK.  Can you shoot lead where you live? 

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Chuck said
My dad ringed the barrel of his 1955 Browning A5 by shooting steel.  The ring will show up at the area where the choke starts.  A cylinder choke MAY be OK.  Can you shoot lead where you live?   

If he’s Duck Hunting with it, he better live in a 3rd world country somewhere. As I believe all of North America does not allow hunting or possession of Lead “Toxic” Shot while duck hunting. And I’ve been told a lot of other countries have this same ban, including places like Australia.

Where I’ve always found this interesting is in regards to Dove Hunting. Only recently in my home state of Louisiana have certain parishes (way down south in the delta marshes) has restricted the use of lead shot while dove hunting. Which when you think about how many bodies of water are in Louisiana it is interesting. So I can shoot at Dove all day long on the river, on a pond or any other body of water, but not ducks. Does that make much sense? Don’t get me wrong I prefer my lead shot all day long over steel any day. But it does make one think, hmm.

Sincerely,

Maverick

P.S. Found this link https://www.fws.gov/birds/bird-enthusiasts/hunting/nontoxic.php

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 I use Bismuth and Tungsten Matrix in my  shotguns ,when duck hunting.Bismuth and Tungsten Matrix are both safe for older shotguns.The price of tungsten has gone through the roof here of late and so have the shells.SmileOf the two I prefer Bismuth.

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As my Dad got older he mostly duck hunted.  That’s how the barrel got messed up.

Here is a picture of his duck boat.

 

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