Steel’s fit for purpose
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.