Anyone tried lead free projectiles, or steel shot?

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Re: Anyone tried lead free projectiles, or steel shot?

Post by Gwion » 08 Oct 2016, 8:09 am

These are the guys I mentioned that do sample pack lots for testing before you shell out on bulk buys.
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Re: Anyone tried lead free projectiles, or steel shot?

Post by bladeracer » 08 Oct 2016, 9:25 am

Gwion wrote:These are the guys I mentioned that do sample pack lots for testing before you shell out on bulk buys.



Better than that, I noticed they have Hornady 7mm ELD-X's in stock!
Everywhere I've been trying to order them have been telling me they won't be available until 2017.
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Post by Gwion » 08 Oct 2016, 1:36 pm

If you get some, let me know how they go. Do you use the 162amax?

Wondering how close they are. On paper almost identical. I think they have made one ELD brand a hunting round and the other a target but that's just an assumption based on so many using the Amax as a hunting round when it was designed for target use.
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Re: Anyone tried lead free projectiles, or steel shot?

Post by bladeracer » 08 Oct 2016, 7:43 pm

Gwion wrote:If you get some, let me know how they go. Do you use the 162amax?

Wondering how close they are. On paper almost identical. I think they have made one ELD brand a hunting round and the other a target but that's just an assumption based on so many using the Amax as a hunting round when it was designed for target use.



No. haven't tried the AMax (are they still doing the AMax in 7mm, I thought it was discontinued last year?), I've been using the Speer 145gn and 160gn HotCor, and Sierra's 100gn HP mainly, and currently working on loads for Hornady's 120gn VMax and 162gn ELD-M. I got the VMax's because I couldn't get any more of the 100gn HP when I ran short. I have 200 more of the 100's coming, but I'm finding the 120gn VMax is the better bullet, so I'll just use the 100's for Trailboss close-range loads. I'm finding Hornady to be better in everything I try so it won't be long before I give up even trying anything else.
The ELD-X is the hunting version of the ELD-M with a slightly lower BC. It's rated to work at 1800+fps so max range is about 620yds - which is twice as far as I'm ever likely to use them. I wouldn't be surprised if the ELD-X isn't just a slightly refined update of the AMax.
The 160gn HotCor at 2600fps and 250yd zero by 500yds is down to 1800fps and dropping 45", the 162gn ELD-X and the AMax should be holding around 1950fps and dropping 41".
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Re: Anyone tried lead free projectiles, or steel shot?

Post by darryn » 21 Dec 2016, 8:07 pm

steel shot in a shotgun you need steel proof gun most moderns are and opposite choke to normal, tightest lead you go to * and steel shoots tight with **** it flys different to lead shot. im using clever brand steel in 4s which is = 6 in lead, there a different sizing between steel and lead. steel kills, not in the old guns with fixed choke unless its opened choke. still really need a modern gun really. take it from me, steel kills. i always shoot a bag no worrys used steel in my old gun i had when i was a kid hardly kill a bird, got a cheap stoeger, 1st shot out of it a black duck about 80 yards up dead. i thought s**t it does kill. never looked back. unless you forget to switch chocks back after using lead shot. duh i learnt..
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Post by Tiger650 » 10 Jan 2017, 7:58 am

Whatever happened to Bismuth shot ?
Saw it being touted in Victoria years back after the lead shot BS.
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