Steel for pi­geons

Sporting Shooter - - Experts -

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.

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