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Wads for steel shot now widely available

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by joe kuhn, Jun 18, 2009.

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  1. joe kuhn

    joe kuhn Furry Lives Matter TS Supporters

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    Let me be sure to say this up front. I prefer lead shot and shoot it whenever I can. Our club in Naperville was mandated to use steel several years ago, so we've looked into it to a significant degree. I do not shoot steel at lead based clubs.

    The good news is, if you must shoot steel shot at trap targets, you can get wads by the case at a reasonable price. Ballistic Products has the VP60 (1 oz steel) at a case price of $142.93. That's for 5,500 wads as listed in the link above. Their catalog says 6,000 per case. We paid $150.00 per 6,000 piece case all the way from Denmark the last time we ordered, but had to do the work of importing the things. It's alot of work. I don't know what the shipping is from BPI.

    Shot is still $1 a pound and has been for years. See Irvin Industries at http://www.ervinindustries.com. Call 'em. We use #7. We order by the ton, 3-4 tons per year. Get together with your friends and make it happen.

    Recipes can be had from Ballistic Products. Give them a call. We use Longshot and Universal Clays and other widely available components. 1225 fps of 1 oz steel will smoke targets real well. White smoke from bio targets ground with steel shot is still smoke.

    Concerned about gun damage? Get yourself a steel shot rated choke. They're avaible too. Or get a barrel for steel shot, which are really for hunting with steel. The steel we shoot, reloads or factory, have yet to cause a problem.

    The wads have extra thick petals. If you pick them up in our field you'll see the shot does NOT poke through the plastic and scratch the barrel. I will personally mail a used wad to anyone who wants proof the shot does not poke through the petals.

    Smoke 'em.

    Joe
     
  2. timb99

    timb99 Well-Known Member

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    Hope lead bans don't come any time soon, but glad you've forged the trail for us if it comes to that.
     
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    Joe, All this information helps. I shoot lead but you never know whats going to happen these days. Thanks Dave
     
  4. Kingbang

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    Very good information. thank you.

    Dennis
     
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