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Anyone done hardness tests on Eagle Shot?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by DC, Apr 20, 2009.

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  1. DC

    DC TS Member

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    Stuff looks good! Whats it really like? Thanks for the info!
     
  2. Neil Winston

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    It's about as soft as you can find, even the "Magnum" labeled bags.

    Neil
     
  3. SR1

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    What Neil said but it works ok for singles.
     
  4. dverna

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    Real crap.

    It is not worth the minimal savings.

    Maybe OK for skeet - if it will feed - could be a real problem for .410 bore though.

    Don Verna
     
  5. DC

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    Wow that was quick! Thanks
     
  6. phirel

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    I do not have a high, or even a medium, opinion of Eagle shot. But, I have not looked at any for several years. It may now be better than it used to be.

    Pat Ireland
     
  7. Quack Shot

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    Compared to other "Premium" brands of shot, an informal comparison showed them to be well formed and within reasonable tolerances for size. The hardness left a lot to be desired. I have some chilled Lawrence shot that seems to be harder. For the usual price of $1 less per bag, I'll buy the premium stuff. Close in patterns seem decent, but you can see a difference in some of the longer range patterns (40+ yards).
     
  8. smifshot

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    now that choke constriction does not matter....or there is little difference in full or IC according to some on this site....................there surely is no difference in soft and hard shot....Stroker
     
  9. Spanky

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    For the piece of mind spent the extra $1.00 for Lawrence or West Coast. If your in a pinch use it. It's round and it does break targets and alot of guys use it. If I were to bet, the Eagle Mag is probably softer. I have used it on occasions.
     
  10. Wayne of PA

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    I’ve never had any issues with Eagle shot what so ever. Besides it has to be harder then reclaim or regular chilled shot

    I used my last bag of Eagle last month ago and I’m now using Lawrence. Whatever I get the best deal on is what I’ll probably buy.

    Dale
     
  11. maclellan1911

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    How about the imported STAR Shot.
     
  12. Lead Man

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    Eagle may be the only brand out there that is not made from reclaim. Mayco (Lawrence) buys most of the reclaim.
     
  13. Shooting Coach

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    Boils HCP targets for me with XF choke. Boils a Bunker target like a Martian Death Ray. That is all I can ask.
     
  14. phirel

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    Eagle magnum shot has around 2% Antimony. Most other brands would label that shot as chilled shot. The size of the shot stamped on the bag may or may not be related to the size of the shot in the bag.

    I suspect a shooter using a Rem. 870 and West Coast shot would have an advantage over a shooter using a K-80 and Eagle shot.

    I don't want to buy another bag of Eagle shot but I should get a handful from a friend and test it again. The stuff may be better now than it was three years ago.

    There are times when the cheapest items are not the least expensive items.

    Pat Ireland
     
  15. JBrooks

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    In that the hardness of the shot has nothing to do with breaking a target, I assume that harder shot is supposed to deform less transiting the barrel thereby delivering better patterns. Has anyone ever done tests to see how many pellets get deformed when they transit the barrrel?
     
  16. Ahab

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    I don't know how it patterns out of those P and K guns, but out of a full choke Mod12, it crushes targetas from the back fence!
     
  17. jackw

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    Here are the results of the testing that I did in 2007. I was comparing the shot hardness of some home made shot. The shot tested was made with a Littleton shot maker and a Better Shot maker. They were tested vs Remington, Lawrence and Eagle shot. The homemade shot was made with wheel weights which has a higher Antimony content which will make the shot harder. The interesting observation is that the Eagle shot in this test was harder the either the Remington or Lawerence shot. Unfortunately I didn't record whether it was Magnum or Chilled shot. I got the samples of the shot from fellow shooters. Your mileage may vary.


    HARDNESS TESTING
    8/23/2007 testing done with a 3"drop and a 22 oz weight.


    LITLETON B SIZE A SIZE DIFF %
    0.0976 0.0549 0.0427 43.75
    0.0992 0.0512 0.0480 48.39
    0.0892 0.0473 0.0419 46.97
    0.093 0.0495 0.0435 46.77
    0.0941 0.0496 0.0445 47.29
    AVG 46.63
    EAGLE
    0.0961 0.0479 0.0482 50.16
    0.0951 0.0453 0.0498 52.37
    0.0953 0.0441 0.0512 53.73
    0.0907 0.0425 0.0482 53.14
    0.0919 0.0441 0.0478 52.01
    AVG 52.28
    REMINGTON
    0.0951 0.041 0.0541 56.89
    0.0954 0.0437 0.0517 54.19
    0.0981 0.0435 0.0546 55.66
    0.0943 0.0429 0.0514 54.51
    0.0941 0.042 0.0521 55.37
    AVG 55.32
    LAWRENCE
    0.0953 0.0417 0.0536 56.24
    0.0924 0.0408 0.0516 55.84
    0.095 0.0446 0.0504 53.05
    0.096 0.0438 0.0522 54.38
    0.0965 0.0412 0.0553 57.31
    AVG 55.36

    BETTER SHOT
    0.0926 0.0521 0.0405 43.74
    0.0904 0.0503 0.0401 44.36
    0.0941 0.0502 0.0439 46.65
    0.0959 0.0498 0.0461 48.07
    0.0965 0.05 0.0465 48.19
    AVG 46.20
     
  18. Hap MecTweaks

    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    For about a year I've used Eagle for my first doubles shot and for all my singles. Being a part time crippled shot, I broke several 99s,98s and one registered 100 using that trash in singles. 7/8ths and 1 ounce loads which boils targets when I point them correct.

    Hardest shot we ever tested was Aszarco shot, tested at EAFB to a Rockwell hardness of 8%. That stuff shot magical patterns at 45 yards in comparison. Hap
     
  19. zzt

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    Here is jackw's data in an easier to read layout.

    HARDNESS TESTING 8/23/2007 testing done with a 3"drop and a 22 oz weight.

    LITLETON B SIZE A SIZE DIFF % 0.0976 0.0549 0.0427 43.75, 0.0992 0.0512 0.0480 48.39, 0.0892 0.0473 0.0419 46.97, 0.093 0.0495 0.0435 46.77, 0.0941 0.0496 0.0445 47.29, AVG 46.63

    EAGLE 0.0961 0.0479 0.0482 50.16, 0.0951 0.0453 0.0498 52.37, 0.0953 0.0441 0.0512 53.73, 0.0907 0.0425 0.0482 53.14, 0.0919 0.0441 0.0478 52.01, AVG 52.28

    REMINGTON 0.0951 0.041 0.0541 56.89, 0.0954 0.0437 0.0517 54.19, 0.0981 0.0435 0.0546 55.66, 0.0943 0.0429 0.0514 54.51, 0.0941 0.042 0.0521 55.37, AVG 55.32

    LAWRENCE 0.0953 0.0417 0.0536 56.24, 0.0924 0.0408 0.0516 55.84, 0.095 0.0446 0.0504 53.05, 0.096 0.0438 0.0522 54.38, 0.0965 0.0412 0.0553 57.31, AVG 55.36

    BETTER SHOT 0.0926 0.0521 0.0405 43.74, 0.0904 0.0503 0.0401 44.36, 0.0941 0.0502 0.0439 46.65, 0.0959 0.0498 0.0461 48.07, 0.0965 0.05 0.0465, 48.19 AVG 46.20
     
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