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RHarris
August 27, 2002, 02:53 AM
Tin is almost as dense as iron. Would it be practicle to make tin shot instead of steel shot when non-lead shot is required?

If steel shot is hard on guns, why not use soft iron instead? What about solid copper?

Dave McC
August 27, 2002, 06:21 AM
It can be done, IMO, but not economically. Tin's much more expensive than lead.

Pewter, an alloy of tin and lead, has been used for hard cast handgun bullets with good results. It still is considered toxic, so no waterfowl loads that I know of.

Kingcreek
August 27, 2002, 06:46 AM
Tin has been used. The Illinois regs for hunting and trapping 2002 say tin is no longer legal for use when hunting waterfowl. "T" shot, I believe.

TaxPhd
August 27, 2002, 09:20 AM
Kingcreek,

I haven't read the Illinois regs., but isn't T a size designation?

Mike Irwin
August 27, 2002, 10:57 AM
T is a size designation, but it's not used much anymore. It could have bee coopted for something else.

I'd also think that tin wouldn't be ballistically much better than steel.

C.R.Sam
August 27, 2002, 11:31 AM
Tin...
Ballistically slightly worse than steel,
And much much more expensive.

Sam

Kingcreek
August 27, 2002, 07:43 PM
Kingcreek,
I haven't read the Illinois regs., but isn't T a size designation?

I thought so too, until I read the regs. Then I read them a 2nd time and there was a "comma" in there between T and tinshot.
You are correct.

CZ Gunner
August 27, 2002, 08:42 PM
Wouldn't that make it a "Tin" gauge instead of 12 ... sorry, couldn't resist!

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