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Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by gunnin_em_down, Oct 2, 2004.

  1. gunnin_em_down

    gunnin_em_down

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    i have a question about using steel or hevi shot in my stock winchester shotgun. i would be using the stock improved cylinder choke. would using steel shot w/ this setup damage my barrel?
     
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    What model Winchester?

    If it's a 1200, 1300, 1400, or SuperX... no, it won't hurt the barrel. But, if it's an older model, like a model 12 or model 97, yep, you will ruin the barrel.

    As a general rule, steel is OK in any well made shotgun less than 25 years old. Older than that, and it's best to check with either the manufacturer or a qualified gunsmith.

    BTW.... Bismuth and Kent Matrix (both lead shot substitutes like steel) are OK in just about any shotgun designed for smokeless powder. Not so for other lead substitutes, such as Tungsten-iron or Hevi-Shot. They're too hard, just like steel is.