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 Post subject: Eagle Shot any Good?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:20 pm 
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I just ordered 100 lbs of Eagle Magnum #8. I have always used Lawrence Magnum and have been very satisfied with it.

Lawrence is getting hard to find and expensive.

I just wonder how Eagle compares? They claim 5% antimony and high hardness.

Any experience with patterning this stuff? Made in Peru.




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 Post subject: Re: Eagle Shot any Good?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:27 pm 
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Eagle is OK. It does not pattern as well as Lawrence or West Coast.

However for casual skeet, trap and sporting clays I don't think that you would be upset using it.

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 Post subject: Re: Eagle Shot any Good?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:39 pm 
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I believe the Eagle Shot from Perue,is slightly smaller than the regular.U.S,standard shot?,but it shoots fine.


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 Post subject: Re: Eagle Shot any Good?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:46 pm 
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I've found Eagle runs smaller than Lawrence, but it only really causes me a problem when the Eagle #9s stick in my charge bar. Eagle 8s are fine, but are more like 8.5s.

Don't really know anything about the antimony content. But they seem to break clays as well as anything else.


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 Post subject: Re: Eagle Shot any Good?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:20 pm 
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I much prefer Lawrence but shoot Eagle because that is all I could get the last time I bought shot. I also find the Eagle runs a little smaller than the Lawrence. Actually I just consider the Eagle normal now.


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 Post subject: Re: Eagle Shot any Good?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:29 pm 
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Thanks all.


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 Post subject: Re: Eagle Shot any Good?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:27 pm 
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When buying Eagle shot, I try to get 8.5, as I think the size control is better. On Eagle 9's, anything that passes through the size 9 sieve gets included. Man, some of the shot in there is about #12.


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 Post subject: Re: Eagle Shot any Good?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:39 pm 
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Vette Jockey2 wrote:
When buying Eagle shot, I try to get 8.5, as I think the size control is better. On Eagle 9's, anything that passes through the size 9 sieve gets included. Man, some of the shot in there is about #12.


Yup. I don't mind having it in there for skeet loads but the Eagle #9 with its tiny pellets jams the universal charge bar of my newest MEC 600Jr. with frustrating regularity. I have no troubles with it in the normal charge bars I use in my MEC 9000G or other 600Jrs.

I just came upstairs from the basement reloading bench. I was loading some 20ga. skeet loads on the aforementioned MEC 600Jr. As soon as the small bottle of Eagle #9 was empty, I refilled it with Lawrence 8.5. No more jams...

The next Eagle shot I buy will include some bags of 8.5s.

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 Post subject: Re: Eagle Shot any Good?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 9:16 pm 
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I've been using Eagle shot for a while, and other than some shot size discrepancy in #9 shot, never had any other issue. Seems to hit just as hard as Lawrence shot. Try to use the #8 shot only for this reason. Will keep buying it as it is still much cheaper since I can find it in store more often.


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 Post subject: Re: Eagle Shot any Good?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:45 pm 
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Been using Eagle for a couple years, when I do my part the target breaks, when I don't, it's not the shots fault.

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 Post subject: Re: Eagle Shot any Good?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:10 am 
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About all that is available here, about $12 a bag more than reclaimed.... 7.5's run small but shot seems round and consistent in sizing. The free freight from Cabelas lets one shoot new without breaking the bank.... Larry


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 Post subject: Re: Eagle Shot any Good?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:29 am 
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Been using it for many years. Performs well on clays and doves. I use Lawrence for pheasants.


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 Post subject: Re: Eagle Shot any Good?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:32 am 
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Eagle appears similar/same as the Peru AllStar we bought in the '80s. Like Eagle that stuff was very soft, and patterns reflected this. The other import StarShot that came from Argentina was far better/harder stuff.

Finished last of my Eagle stash about the time I took in some Lawrence "chilled" #7.5s from a guy who no longer shoots. Had never used "chilled" Lawrence or West Coast. So did a crude pliers crush comparison. The Eagle #7.5s lost, were softer. By alot. Which tells me something.

As to whether to purchase Eagle vs spending more for WC or STS, first consider what you're doing. If skeet or soft 5-stand - or just want some soft shot loads - Eagle is suitable.

Another consideration: density. Shot is priced/sold by weight. But we dispense it volumetrically (unless you adjust your shot drops). A 1 oz MEC 502 throws less of the better stuff. Eg. my bar throws over 430 gr Eagle, only about 415 gr WC. That partially mitigates against the lower Eagle acquisition price.


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 Post subject: Re: Eagle Shot any Good?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:18 am 
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Its good for skeet. Its all I can find locally and ordering shoot is expensive.




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