What is steel shot??
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The difference in steel and lead is very significant. Some of the specialty loads on the market today have "lead' like properties but straight steel shot doesn't compare to lead for duck and goose hunting. IMO.
I can remember driving by the Lincoln Park Gun Club and always wanting to shoot there, I never did. It eventually lost its lease from the Chicago Park District and was under threat of a lawsuit. It is interesting that EPA tests found no threat from the estimated 400 tons of lead shot and clay targets on the Lake Michigan bottom.
And if you still haven't figured it out yet I have never shot a bird with lead. Not to mention if you read the middle the way I intended it to be read you would have noticed that I gave two examples of how lead was better than steel.
Very interesting commentary. The late Charlie Wright worked on developing effective steel loads for over 20 years. Untill recently, his loads were the fastest and IMO the most effective on the market and very affordable. He never built over a 3" load and many of his most effective were 2 3/4. He worked on a combination of components to achive his product.
Duck and Goose loads were equally deadly. In his work he found 2 things had to be constent: the speed of the load,( his last formula was a 1700 fps goose load) and the choke.
90% of hunters use to tight a choke when shooting steel and much of the older product was too slow. When he would be in Canada shooting geese, he would school hunters and ween them off 3 1/2" and into his 3".
Find a high speed shell and open your choke and the results will follow. I have 3 boxes of his Unique T-BB goose combo and will miss that load when they are gone.
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Yes, I did read your post. Specifically you asked me to focus on your first 5 words. I did read those 5 words, did you? I notice a problem with your first 5 words, to wit: "Never bird hunted with lead" Do you see a problem with those 5 words? I do, they are missing an important word or words. They don't have a subject That is an incomplete jumble of words that leaves on wondering WHO it was that never hunted birds with lead. Was it Tom, Dick or Harry? Could it have been someone named Stan, Barrack or Mary?
Now since you like to focus on first words, I'll ask you to focus on my first word: the word "IF". I used that word because you failed to form a complete phrase. Do you now Understand?
You then claim that you did indicate there was a SIGNIFICANT difference between lead and steel. What words did you use to express that SIGNIFICANCE? Surely it wasn't your use of words such as "I IMAGINE" or "a BIT more range" to indicate SIGNIFICANCE So what words did you use to show SIGNIFICANCE?
Additionally, you now have indicated that you are the one who has never shot birds with lead. Then what makes you qualified to comment on their relative killing, patterning and penetration capabilities?
I also believe that those who ACTUALLY HAVE SHOT BIRDS with both lead and steel would disagree with you when you state; "Either will fold a bird 90%+ with a good shot" Take a poll, and educate yourself
I'm thrilled that you didn't OVERTLY call me an Idiot. I can't tell you how warm and fuzzy that makes me feel. Besides, I'm sure your buddy Stan will be proud of you, and admire your Passive/Aggressive style.
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