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pe175 10-28-2012 01:23 AM

H&R topper and steel shot
I Have a 12 gauge 3" H&R topper that may be from the 60s or 70s with a fixed full choke. Is it safe to shoot steel shot of any kind in this gun?

hiwall 10-28-2012 04:20 AM

yes, shoot the steel

303tom 10-28-2012 04:35 AM

Damn straight, shoot away I do........................

Blueguns 10-28-2012 04:38 AM

Go for it! We need to see some pics from the waterfowl hunt though. :D

pe175 10-28-2012 06:06 PM

Is it okay to use BB size steel? I dont want a barrel to burst.

robocop10mm 10-28-2012 08:11 PM

WHAT? NO! Full chokes and steel shot do not mix well. Contact H&R and give them the serial number they will be your best resource.

I would NOT shoot steel through a full choked gun from ANY maker.

Blueguns 10-28-2012 09:18 PM

It appears the jury is still out. I've always thought it was ok. (Good thing my Waterfowl gun is pretty new.) It's looking like you may want to play it safe.

englishpointer 10-28-2012 09:20 PM

I shoot steel all the time out of an old 870 fixed full choke 30" barrel never had a problem. But u are taking a chance of bubbling the barrel or splitting the barrel at the choke. I say shoot it I do it all the time.

hiwall 10-29-2012 01:33 AM

I was gunsmithing in the 70's and 80's and early 90's in Minnesota (where everyone is a duck hunter). I worked with two large gun shops near me plus my own clientele. This was when steel just came out and was made poorly as the ammo companies were learning as they went. I never seen or heard 1st hand accounts of any guns being damaged by steel. I heard alot of people say " I heard this or that happens when you shoot steel" but no 1st hand accounts. It was great for business as I opened many full chokes up to modified. I shot alot of steel thru my old 870 full choke.

303tom 10-30-2012 01:38 PM

I reload & I reload 3in. mag. BB`s & shoot them in my H&R 12 gauge full choke single barrel all the time, and I reload pretty hot & heavy and I have never had a problem..................

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