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Hi everyone. Was hoping to have an attempt at some duck shooting on a few small splashes on a syndicate I’m on this coming season and was wondering about the more experienced Fowler’s opinions on using non steel proofed AYA sbs, choked 1/2 or under with standard velocity steel cartridges as I know that a steel proofed gun would be needed for HP steels.  Just wanting something I can beat up without crying about it.

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I do, I use gamebore super steel #4 through my aya, choked half and full. No problems

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Be 3 seasons now at a guess,  I have a zabala 10 bore, choked full and full,  that gets steel BBB  through it. No problems witht that either

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Ah cheers mate. The syndicate is just over the border and in th e middle of nowhere but me and some of the lads on the syndicate are hoping we can put some feed out and see if we get any to come in this season

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I’m not gonna say you’ll be good, nor don’t do it, but why not skip the steel and shoot bismuth? Bismuth performs better, is not terribly expensive, can be found with fibre wads, and the new upland loads are slower and lower pressure. The slower low pressure loads should be fine for that gun and are sufficient to kill fowl (remember, the high speed fowl loads came about as a result of steel being lighter than lead). The slower loads will be easier on the shoulder than high speed steel, too.  You should be able to kill ducks with #5 shot out to 40 yards. 

Anyway, good luck and have fun  

 

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On 22/08/2018 at 13:36, Flairball said:

I’m not gonna say you’ll be good, nor don’t do it, but why not skip the steel and shoot bismuth? Bismuth performs better, is not terribly expensive, can be found with fibre wads, and the new upland loads are slower and lower pressure. The slower low pressure loads should be fine for that gun and are sufficient to kill fowl (remember, the high speed fowl loads came about as a result of steel being lighter than lead). The slower loads will be easier on the shoulder than high speed steel, too.  You should be able to kill ducks with #5 shot out to 40 yards. 

Anyway, good luck and have fun  

 

Sorry for late reply, haven't been on the forum in donkeys.  I was considering bismuth and for how much I'd be going out after ducks, the price isn't too bad, thank you for the feedback

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On 22/08/2018 at 13:36, Flairball said:

I’m not gonna say you’ll be good, nor don’t do it, but why not skip the steel and shoot bismuth? Bismuth performs better, is not terribly expensive, can be found with fibre wads, and the new upland loads are slower and lower pressure. The slower low pressure loads should be fine for that gun and are sufficient to kill fowl (remember, the high speed fowl loads came about as a result of steel being lighter than lead). The slower loads will be easier on the shoulder than high speed steel, too.  You should be able to kill ducks with #5 shot out to 40 yards. 

Anyway, good luck and have fun  

 

Hi ya mate do you know any where here that sells bismuth upland loads? I'm hoping to acquire some in 3" otherwise if not gonna have to look I to homeloading. 

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