View Full Version : Bismuth shot

November 5, 1999, 01:32 PM
The folks selling the bismuth shot claim it is a truly safe-for-older-guns lead substitute.
Does anyone have any evidence to the contrary?
Does the same hold true for the Tungsten-polymer shot?
I picked some up so I can still hunt pheasants with my old sidexside and thought I'd ask before I bang.
Sorry if this has been covered before.

Big Bunny
November 8, 1999, 04:56 PM
Sir -the new bismuth shot should be OK for your older gun as long as it is nitro proofed ! Similarly for the less effective tungsten polimer softies. Steel would need a special choke/new barrel and is generally not recommemded over here due to wounding rates. Bismuth seems the way to go for waterfowl but lead +4% ANTIMONY is still my choice.

***Big Bunny***

November 9, 1999, 11:26 PM
Thanks Big B,
The shotguns in question are nitro proofed.
I haven't heard anything about tungsten-poly but I am desperate to find lead substitutes for public use areas now that they require non-tox.
I'll still use good old lead loads where I can.
I primarily hunt with a 12g SxS double and a good old Browning 'Sweet 16'. Guess I'll have to start reloading my own 16s with nontox.

Long Path
November 10, 1999, 01:40 AM

Don't know what the specific laws are in your state, but here, you only need non-toxic shot for migratory waterfowl. You might check on it before you spend the big bucks...


Will you, too, be one who stands in the gap?


Rosco P. Coltrain
November 11, 1999, 12:18 PM
And remember, there's no bismuth like show bismuth. :D

November 12, 1999, 03:36 AM
State and federal public use areas are going non-tox only.
I'm heading out to South Dakota tommorrow for some pheasant hunting with 2 shotguns- the one I want to hunt with, and the one I have to hunt with(in some areas)