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Steel shot cartridges

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How good are they? Are they a viable alternative to lead?Noisier? Punchier? What about Timber damage? Environment pollution (rust in the water course)Cheaper?
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I have just been re-reading Birster's book. He does a lot of tests of steel vs lead. Although I'm not 100% sold on his experimental methodology, his basic conclusion was that steel was a little worse, but not by much.

As far as the clay sports are concerned, it doesn't matter so long as everybody uses the same. In a letters response to a steel cartridge "test" in Pull! magazine where the author said steel would yield lower scores, somebody wrote in from a club (Kingsferry?) that was forced to go to 100% on-toxic, and he said it made no difference to the skeet scores/averages.

The one big disadvantage Brister found or noted was that steel shot wears the barrel - bulging the barrel just before the choke cones. Perceptible bulging could occur in as few as 500 rounds. Other guns might go 5000+. The thinner walled finer guns were obviously the ones that were more likely to suffer. I think that includes B25s which have relatively thin barrels. :(

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