Steel’s fit for pur­pose

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QI don’t do any real wild­fowl­ing but shoot on an in­land pond with a friend of mine. We are al­ways un­sure as to what type of car­tridge to use on the ducks. My friend has me shoot­ing bis­muth or tung­sten, as he doesn’t be­lieve that steel is a good enough car­tridge for the job. What are your views? I would rather not keep spend­ing a lot of money when I see po­ten­tially cheaper al­ter­na­tives in the gun shop.

Tom says: You re­ally have cho­sen an ex­pen­sive way to shoot duck. Tung­sten and bis­muth are good car­tridges but, by heck, they don’t half break the bank.

I have al­ways been a be­liever in the ef­fec­tive­ness of steel am­mu­ni­tion. But there are a cou­ple of points to bear in mind.

First is to make sure your gun is ca­pa­ble of fir­ing steel and the other is the right choice of choke. As well as en­sur­ing the gun is suit­able, it is a “must” to use the cor­rect choke for steel and en­sure you don’t go tighter than half and risk dam­ag­ing the gun, or your­self.

As long as you fol­low those rules and your gun is safe, steel will be a great car­tridge for the job.

I use 32g Game­bore

Su­per Steel 4s for the ma­jor­ity of my shoot­ing – they are a great car­tridge for in­land or fore­shore and will give you the per­for­mance you need with­out hurt­ing the bank ac­count.

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