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janeitzel 01-19-2013 01:45 AM

Steel shot
I have never used steel shot as I do not hunt water fowl. Will steel shot hurt my new maverick 88 with 18.5 " barrel with no choke?

blucoondawg 01-19-2013 01:52 AM

Why do you want use steel shot if you don't waterfowl hunt? I don't see how it would hurt the gun, I had a 3.5" Maverick 88 and used it for duckhunting until I decided it wasn't for me and sold it to a friend.

hiwall 01-19-2013 02:12 AM

Shoot as much as you want. It will be fine.

janeitzel 01-19-2013 02:53 AM

Thanks for your help. Was looking for #2 and Dick only had it in steel shot

blucoondawg 01-19-2013 04:41 AM

If I may ask what is the intended use of the #2 steel? Are you going to use it for home defense or just in need of some ammo to use for practice? In my honest opinion steel shot is pretty worthless, waterfowl hunters use it because they are forced to by law, otherwise they would all use lead or some modern alternative to lead, steel shot is much lighter than lead pellets and tends to have poor penetration and increased risk of ricochet. It also tends to cost more than lead.

janeitzel 01-19-2013 01:43 PM

Thanks again. I will pass on steel shot and try to find #2 in lead. I was thinking of using it for HD

blucoondawg 01-19-2013 04:29 PM

I use buckshot but some worry about overpenetration with that, I don't worry about it as I have nobody living with me in other rooms at night, number 2 is also a stout load and would do the job I'm sure though it has been hard to find in my area in anything other than steel shot or 3.5" turkey loads. I think shooting through drywall is a risk one would be taking shooting any shotgun round in the house at close range anyways so I don't worry about that where shot size is concerned.

c3shooter 01-19-2013 10:04 PM

Unless you are concerned about a home invasion by Big Bird, skip the birdshot for HD. Buckshot.

Could it work? Maybe. And maybe is a VERY bad word when the answer that you need is "Oh, HELL yes!"

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