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 Post subject: Steel shot in Beretta GR3
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 5:12 pm 
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I had both barrels opened up to a loose modified and the forcing cones lengthened slightly. I wish to shoot #2 steel. It should be OK don't you think?




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 Post subject: Re: Steel shot in Beretta GR3
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:27 pm 
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Are the barrels proofed for steel? Those guns were produced in the 1960 to 1970 time frame. Do you see SP marked on the barrel for steel proofed? I would only try shot no larger than #7 in steel. If you damage the barrels with large steel shot a replacement is very hard to find. That gun was made about 20 years before steel shot was mandatory for waterfowl.


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 Post subject: Re: Steel shot in Beretta GR3
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:29 pm 
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No, not proofed for steel. That is why I am asking if anyone has used steel in their GR. With today's shot cups, I think it should be OK with open chokes.


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 Post subject: Re: Steel shot in Beretta GR3
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:58 pm 
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Sounds like you already had the gun chokes modified to shoot steel.
Nobody can tell you definitely that shooting steel #2 will be OK.
Other guns, like the BSS with opened up chokes, have stood up to steel shot.
You are on your own here, but I suspect that you already know that.


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 Post subject: Re: Steel shot in Beretta GR3
PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:21 am 
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Thanks, Sask. You're right. I just got to do it and find out. The gun is an old 3" duck gun, so it isn't pristine or a family heirloom.


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 Post subject: Re: Steel shot in Beretta GR3
PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:43 am 
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Just adding 2 cents. When steel was first required for waterfowl a lot of shooters thought the tight chokes they used for decades with lead were needed with steel. A lot of chokes were peened open with steel shot pushing itself through softer steel chokes. Choke tubes were unheard of and no steel proofed guns were immediately available so many of us simply had the chokes opened. Many shooters discovered that ic or mod was all that was necessary. I went 20 years using a 3 inch A5 with an opened choke with no ill effects. I even had good patterns.

A GR3 is a strong gun. My suspicion is it will work with opened chokes.


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 Post subject: Re: Steel shot in Beretta GR3
PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:55 am 
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I guess the big question is it OK with large shot like #2?


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 Post subject: Re: Steel shot in Beretta GR3
PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:46 pm 
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"I guess the big question is it OK with large shot like #2?"

Valid question. All I can add is that I used BB and BBB with a choke cut to modified and it worked. But, that is just one person's experience. I think today shooters have the advantage of 40 years of ammo design that has included a lot of experimentation with plastic shot cups and collars.Hopefully new designed shells will cushion the ride out the muzzle.




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