I have a friend that tries to tell me that steel shot is bad for your barrel, and i tell him that he is retarded. What are you guys take on this?
Iv never seen a riot gun get a scratched up barrel and I have three of em. Two are 870 avenger 12 GA that I shoot steel through all the timeMrWray said:My shotty has no choke so not worried about that aspect. He was telling that the steel shot going down the barrel would scratch up the barrel and cause slight grooves. I told him that he is as crazy as a sh!thouse rat.
With the newer steel shot shells currently on the market, the shot does not even touch the barrel. The problems with steel shot is associated with compression of the shot payload as it passes through the choke restriction. Even today there are some "Super Full Turkey Chokes" that are engraved "For Lead Shot Only".He was telling that the steel shot going down the barrel would scratch up the barrel and cause slight grooves.
The avengers are non choked riot gunsVirginian said: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.
Check out the last post I posted. I was about to read your post (the one I quoted) right after I posted it.billt said: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.