Kent Upland Fasteel

Anyone tried Kent Upland Fasteel? Planning my 1st SD hunt next year. Considering patterning some for lead free option. Comes in 5,6,7 shot in 20 gauge. About 1/2 price of Hevi.
http://kentgamebore.com/upland-loads/fasteel-upland.html
This is a fine upland load , i use it on wood ducks , teal and quail .

In my 20 sxs when I might get into Quail or pheasant I use steel 5's in my Ic barrel and iI use # 3 3 " Hevi - metal or #3 drylok
In the modified barrel

5"s in lead are good medicine for pheasants but if you are running steel the # 3 's with an ounce of shot really come into their own .
 

bknight

New member
I patterned some goose loads of Steel and found way better patterns with open chokes. I hunt pheasant with a twenty gage and prefer3' mags in #6 With steel bigger shot for more weight is probably better. I'm shooting over a pointing dog so shots are generally closer.
 
Duffy -- Unless you are shooting pheasants over pointing dogs, where shot size make less of a difference, 1 ounce loads of steel #3 or #2 shot should be solid performers for general pheasant shooting. Yes, I've killed them with steel #4s and I'm sure close birds can be taken with #5 or #6 steel too but I'll take the larger shot for pheasants.

Here are some of my 20ga 3" 1 ounce load pattern numbers to give you an idea of what you might expect from #3 and #2 steel 20ga loads.

Pattern numbers from a 20-gauge Browning Citori with 28" Invector-plus barrels and Briley flush chokes (patterns average of five, 30" post-shot scribed circle, yardage taped muzzle to target, and in-shell pellet count average of five).

20 GA 3" WINCHESTER DRYLOK SUPER-X STEEL LOAD
1 oz #3 steel (145 pellets) @ 1,330 fps
30 YARDS -- SK / pattern 114 (78%)
30 YARDS -- IC / pattern 123 (85%)
40 YARDS -- IM / pattern 106 (73%)
40 YARDS -- LF / pattern 110 (76%)

20 GA 3" REMINGTON NITRO-STEEL MAGNUM LOAD
1 oz #2 steel (118 pellets) @ 1,330 fps
30 YARDS -- SK / pattern 101 (86%)
30 YARDS -- IC / pattern 105 (89%)
40 YARDS -- IM / pattern 99 (84%)
40 YARDS -- LF / pattern 102 (86%)

Good luck!
 

TimJ

New member
Duffy -- Unless you are shooting pheasants over pointing dogs, where shot size make less of a difference, 1 ounce loads of steel #3 or #2 shot should be solid performers for general pheasant shooting. Yes, I've killed them with steel #4s and I'm sure close birds can be taken with #5 or #6 steel too but I'll take the larger shot for pheasants.

Here are some of my 20ga 3" 1 ounce load pattern numbers to give you an idea of what you might expect from #3 and #2 steel 20ga loads.

Pattern numbers from a 20-gauge Browning Citori with 28" Invector-plus barrels and Briley flush chokes (patterns average of five, 30" post-shot scribed circle, yardage taped muzzle to target, and in-shell pellet count average of five).

20 GA 3" WINCHESTER DRYLOK SUPER-X STEEL LOAD
1 oz #3 steel (145 pellets) @ 1,330 fps
30 YARDS -- SK / pattern 114 (78%)
30 YARDS -- IC / pattern 123 (85%)
40 YARDS -- IM / pattern 106 (73%)
40 YARDS -- LF / pattern 110 (76%)

20 GA 3" REMINGTON NITRO-STEEL MAGNUM LOAD
1 oz #2 steel (118 pellets) @ 1,330 fps
30 YARDS -- SK / pattern 101 (86%)
30 YARDS -- IC / pattern 105 (89%)
40 YARDS -- IM / pattern 99 (84%)
40 YARDS -- LF / pattern 102 (86%)

Good luck!
x2

I don't think steel 5s and smaller belong in a wild pheasant load. I've done good over a pointer with 4s but prefer to have 3s...but they can be hard to find in 20ga. 3s really shine for pheasants and ducks. I've thought about taking up reloading steel just so I can have a consistent supply of 3s in both 20ga and 12ga.

Tim
 
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