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#4 lead shot shells has come to almost extinct in my area.
while back in my Big Box store today, I had a thought: (hair-brained as it might be).
I know that waterfowl loads now must be steel shot, and commonly #4.
so, having scads of boxes of #6 and #7 lead birdshot on hand, I was wondering what would be the ratio of swapping out the lead shot for common steel BB's in equal weight (or less) of the lead birdshot pellets. (not for waterfowl hunting). this would be for .410 and 20 ga. only.
would it be a "gram for gram" exchange ? or - really bad idea and don't do it.
 

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Are you talking about loading with a box of Daisy BBs?


DONT DO IT
EXTREMELY BAD IDEA
MUCH MUCH MUCH HARDER STEEL THAN STEEL SHOT


As far as swapping out goes, steel is much lighter than lead. A 1 1/8oz steel load is a magnum load.

I have 2 3/4" shells loaded with 1 5/8oz of lead.
To get 1 5/8oz of steel, it takes a 3 1/2" shell.

IF you are swapping LEAD 6s out and putting LEAD 4s, 2s, BBs in, a direct weight or possibly less will work, but not be optimal.

A dove load of BBs would be OK for possum, dillo, snake, but not much else.
 

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Thanks Seedy: yes, the Daisy BBs that "appear" to be copper coated.
as noted - it was just a fleeting idea after seeing the bottle of BBs on the empty firearms & ammunition case in the store.
 
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