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steel for sporting clays

If you use steel shot for shooting clays, do you use the same chokes as lead for the same pattern?
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Re: steel for sporting clays

Steel shot normally shoots tighter than lead. The only way to tell for sure how your gun performs is to shoot it at paper.

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Re: steel for sporting clays

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Steel shot normally shoots tighter than lead.
Yep.

Most guys shooting steel (ducks, etc) advise opening up one or possibly two choke sizes. However, that's normally with the larger shot. I'm not sure how the smaller 7 and 8 shot reacts, so a few shots at a pattern board will tell you a lot.
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Re: steel for sporting clays

Went to Wellsville Pa for my son's youth rodeo this weekend.While there shot 50 rounds of sporting clays .Used my m2 ic choke,7 shot steel.It worked just fine.
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Re: steel for sporting clays

Steel is generally 1 or 2 chokes tighter depending on the gun. It smokes targets harder than lead though.
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Re: steel for sporting clays

cant run steel through benelis though... they just wont hold up

I plow bucks and smash ducks... nuff said?
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Re: steel for sporting clays

Isn't that what they are made for?Waterfowl and steel.
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cant run steel through benelis though... they just wont hold up
Where did you get that info? All of their guns are designed for steel shot. Most of them are made mainly for waterfowl.
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Re: steel for sporting clays

personal observations. Sure they'll run steel for a while, but so will a wallmart mossburg. You want a gun that'll take a lifetime worth of pounding steel? Look no further than the 870. Guess it just depends on how much you actually use it.

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Re: steel for sporting clays

If you're shooting steel, you can step up in shot size. A steel #6 will carry like a lead #7 1/2. Steel loses velocity and energy much faster than lead, so as a range owner, #6 steel is acceptable.

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