Steel for pigeons
QIs there any reason why I shouldn’t use steel shot for pigeon shooting?
AANDY CROW replies: Not at all. I get asked this more and more. I have shot pigeons with steel for a friend who has birds of prey and doesn’t want the birds consuming lead shot. As long as your gun is proofed correctly (look for the fleur-de-lys mark), and most modern guns are, and as long as you don’t use too restrictive a choke (no more than half), you won’t harm your gun. I like to go at least one shot size larger as well, as each shot is lighter than a corresponding lead load. Something like a 32g no.5 would be suitable. Steel can be choke-sensitive in terms of pattern, so it’s well worth a few shots on the pattern plate to find what works well and what your effective range is.