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3shotjoe said:
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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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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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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