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 Post subject: Re: If you could pick one load for everything except deer...
PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:09 am 
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It's the same with rifles, a lot of farmers won't let you shoot when it's dry in summer, as it's caused fires.

We get paranoid about fire, being one of the driest most fire prone countries on earth.



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 Post subject: Re: If you could pick one load for everything except deer...
PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:13 am 
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Location: SE Ohio...where ruffed grouse were
Rifles could and would be a bit different than steel scattergun pellets hitting a rock and starting a fire but I understand....many ranchers in MT prohibit off road driving in fire danger times and areas.
For that matter, patched black powder shooting could be especially problematic.


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 Post subject: Re: If you could pick one load for everything except deer...
PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:18 am 
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desmobob wrote:
Personally, I would not use steel shot for rabbit hunting. The ricochet risk is very real.

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Like most young boys in rural areas, I used to spend a lot of time running a steady stream of BBs through my Daisy BB guns. I still shoot a couple of Daisy air rifles these days. I've had several scary or painful ricochets with the steel BBs that are only traveling around 400 FPS out of the Daisy guns.

The thought of the ricochet potential of an ounce or more of steel pellets at about three times that velocity really does worry me. One of my favorite grouse/rabbit hunting areas is pretty rocky. I wouldn't even consider shooting steel shot at a target on the ground there

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 Post subject: Re: If you could pick one load for everything except deer...
PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:43 pm 
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Unless you live in California, then it's really the only economical option really left.

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 Post subject: Re: If you could pick one load for everything except deer...
PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:08 pm 
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If you get into some ducks this year, you will probably find they are nothing like a chinese pot duck. They don't put on fat the same way...they fly and swim for a living. The breast and legs both are a pretty dark meat unless you are killing young of the year early in the season. They are very tasty, but not really fatty. The bad part about eating duck is dodging the very steel shot your are now considering putting into other game to jump through the duck political hoops.

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 Post subject: Re: If you could pick one load for everything except deer...
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:25 am 
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Ricochet- not sureshy I didn't think off that. Maybe bismuth instead?


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 Post subject: Re: If you could pick one load for everything except deer...
PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:18 pm 
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Need to check with your states game regs as for shotguns, what size shot & type of shot for each game hunted. Same with rifles. The ole one size fits all might find you trouble with the local game warden.



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