Steel Shot?

Discussion in 'Ammunition' started by Cspiering, Jul 7, 2017.

  1. Cspiering

    Cspiering Copper BB

    I have a few older Auto-5s 1959-65 all with fixed modified chokes. Can you shoot steel through these barrels?
  2. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 Guest

    Welcome !!

    It's best NOT to shoot steel shot through the older barrels...
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  3. cheunecke

    cheunecke Copper BB

    I do not agree. We banned lead shots many years ago. We have never seen barrel problems. They will bulge with too tight a choke. Many shotguns from '50 's in daily use.

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  4. Rudolph31

    Rudolph31 .30-06

    Browning says not to use steel shot in Belgian barrels, or Miroku barrels with fixed chokes. I have seen many posts from those who do shoot steel and report no ill effects provided the barrel doesn't have a full choke.

    My opinion is that it doesn't seem to be a safety issue so if you want to risk your barrel go ahead.
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  5. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 Guest know what they say about opinions...

    Everybody HAS one.

    I'll stick by my guns and say if BROWNING cautions you NOT to use steel shot in the older Belgian barrels...I myself would not do it.
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  6. Cspiering

    Cspiering Copper BB

    Thanks and also do you store your auto 5s with the magazine cap all the way tight or a little loose so the forearm isn't touching the metal?
  7. Rudolph31

    Rudolph31 .30-06

    After cleaning I store my Auto-5's ready for the next shooting session. That's hand tight -- retract the barrel slightly and tighten.
  8. Rob poston

    Rob poston .270 WIN

    I agree. I do not see a safety issue, as the chamber pressures are the same, but steel is much harder on the barrel than lead shot. In many cases today, the same holds true for full choke tubes (and tighter). One of my gripes with my Beretta A400 was that it's full choke was not steel-ok. I mean, it's a friggin' $1,900 shotgun... I shouldn't have to buy a Patternmaster just to hunt a geese and turkeys with my Hevi-Shot!
    *Grumble, grumble, grumble, grumble* :-(
  9. Rob poston

    Rob poston .270 WIN

    Is lead banned all together where you are at?
    In Tennessee, we cannot use lead in waterfowl hunting, but it is perfectly legal to use for upland hunting such as dove and quail, turkey, deer (buckshot, bullets, balls, and slugs), and other non-water area hunting, as well as of course, target and recreational shooting.
  10. cheunecke

    cheunecke Copper BB

    Banned completely. We use bismuth in forests. Only high performances allowed (1312 ft/s or more). Our old shotguns are punished but no problems at all. Denmark does not follow CIP nor SAAMi rules.

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