Just curious. Where is the science on silica embedding in the surface on impact from the ground. Asking for a friendLook up the photos that Tom Wilkinson posted of throat erosion in a shotgun and scoring in a reloading press, then tell me you'd shoot that stuff in your gun. When the shot impacts the ground, there are minute particles of silica embedded in the surface, and no amount of cleaning can remove it. We would not sell the reclaimed shot from our fields... all of it went to the smelter.
Some of us are spoiled, and can get new shot for $32-$35 a bag, so reclaimed isn't even worth thinking about.its great, but there is good and bad. I bought 500 lbs of great stuff a few years ago, 30 bucks a bag, compared to 43 bucks for new.
....and BTW, when I did shoot some of it, it was $20 a bag, purchased at the club while it was being mined. (2011)Some of us are spoiled, and can get new shot for $32-$35 a bag, so reclaimed isn't even worth thinking about.
I once, long ago, shot some of it through a Browning. I'd never shoot it through a Kolar or K-80.
I am not saying the barrel was damaged. But since then, I've seen bore scope images of damaged caused by "imperfections" ie grit, stone, etc, in reclaimed shot.You say you shot some of it through a Browning. Are you saying the barrel was damaged? Right now new shot locally is $44.00 a bag. Reclaimed is $30.00 so I am considering trying some.