You can get cheap steel for 10 dollars a box.
Yeah, I tend to cut it loose with my a5 12, mag. shooting steel, it's a bad idea.Even shooting 150, that’s 10%…I didn’t count my lost birds last year, I lost some, for sure…would have lost more if I was using steel more. I hunted pheasants close to 40 days, shot over 100 but under 200…I’m sure I lost 10, perhaps more? I can think of 3 right off the top of my head. Recovering 95% is probably not my average, but I think I’m above 90%. A lot depends on cover being hunted, gun/choke/shells being used, shot selection, dog power, etc. I usually am shooting a 12 gauge auto, #5 lead, IC choke…2 dogs at a time usually. Perhaps I take shots I shouldn’t? Likely.
That stuff is expensive.When steel first came out, Tom Roster, that was doing most of the ballistics work and trying to make the case that steel will work for waterfowl, told us that for whatever reason, #3 steel shot seemed to outperform other sizes. I don't know if that is still true, but I've used a lot of #3 steel for both pheasants and waterfowl and have found it lethal. I use Kent Fasteel in both 12ga and 20ga. Sounds like a rifle going off, but it gets the job done. As most of us can use a little extra help shooting, I recommend 3 inch in both 12 and 20ga to add the extra pellets. We want clean kills, and the more pellets on-bird, the better. As far as your teeth, be careful. I have made a trip to the dentist after cracking a tooth on steel shot.
3 inch in a 12 gauge could be a lot of different things. Go by ounces of shot in a description, that tells so much more than mentioning length of shell.recommend 3 inch in both 12 and 20ga to add the extra pellets. We want clean kills, and the more pellets on-bird, the better.
Make sure the choke is ok to use with steel too. It will indicate right on the choke if its "Steel OK." Since its harder than lead, it could damage the choke if the choke isn't designed for it. I have several chokes that are not acceptable to use with steel.damaged barrel.
I thought all Remington chokes except full,were ok with steel.Make sure the choke is ok to use with steel too. It will indicate right on the choke if its "Steel OK." Since its harder than lead, it could damage the choke if the choke isn't designed for it. I have several chokes that are not acceptable to use with steel.
Short story... About any 12ga 2 3/4" or 3" with 1 1/8- to 1 1/4-ounces of #3 or #2 steel will handle pheasant killing if you are choked for the distances you take your shots.I've recently came to realize that we may have to use steel shot this year on our hunting trip. What is best shell to use in 12 gauges? 2 3/4 or 3 inch? Shot size? I've never used steel shot on pheasants before. Any help would be appreciated.
I wasn't specifically referring to a Remington choke/shotgun. I may have missed that part of the thread if that is what's being referred to. I was only trying to point out that its worth looking at the choke to ensure it can be used with a steel shot.I thought all Remington chokes except full,were ok with steel.