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Old 05-16-2012, 01:23 AM   #11
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Interesting. I was selling and fixing guns in the '80s and I saw quite a few ringed barrels. Of course I did live in a big waterfowling area.
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Another big problem occurred early on with steel shot. The steel shot produced in the 70's had a very high iron content in an effort to keep it as soft as possible. Waterfowl hunters hunt in very damp conditions. Many kept their shells in damp, or even wet coat pockets. What they didn't shoot they saved for the following season. A lot of this shot became severely rusted, and in the process fused itself together. When it was fired it acted more like a solid mass than it did a load of shot. This caused severe damage to many guns back then.

Today steel shells are very well sealed, and the shot itself is coated with a food grade, rust inhibiting lubricant to both prevent rust, as well as add lubricity. Some even have a granulated plastic buffer added to aid in easier compression of the shot charge as it passes through the choke.
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Just make sure you get a choke that is designed to handle it and you'll have nothing to worry about.
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One lesson a buddy of mine learned, is to store steal shot in a DRY place. He stored his in area with humid air, and the shot rusted together. He now owns a Remington 1100 with a bulged barrel. Long story short, he shot an accidental slug through a full choke.
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Another big problem occurred early on with steel shot. The steel shot produced in the 70's had a very high iron content in an effort to keep it as soft as possible. Waterfowl hunters hunt in very damp conditions. Many kept their shells in damp, or even wet coat pockets. What they didn't shoot they saved for the following season. A lot of this shot became severely rusted, and in the process fused itself together. When it was fired it acted more like a solid mass than it did a load of shot. This caused severe damage to many guns back then.

Today steel shells are very well sealed, and the shot itself is coated with a food grade, rust inhibiting lubricant to both prevent rust, as well as add lubricity. Some even have a granulated plastic buffer added to aid in easier compression of the shot charge as it passes through the choke.
Check out the last post I posted. I was about to read your post (the one I quoted) right after I posted it.
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