View Full Version : Steel shot in a Winchester model 25
September 1, 2001, 06:33 PM
I'm thinking about trading for a Winchester model 25, that's sitting in a local gunshop, to hunt waterfowl with this fall. I have in the past hunted mostly with muzzleloaders and double barrel breechloaders with bismuth shot, but as a graduate student I'm not feeling rich enough to purchase bismuth to use in these guns this year so, I was thinking about trading for the Winchester to use temporarily. Would steel shot damage it too much if I restricted it to #2's or smaller?
September 2, 2001, 06:07 AM
Alex, IMO, you'd be better off skipping lunch to get some decent non tox loads.
Small steel shot is nothing I want to throw at a live bird.
And, why trade off a shotgun you like? You may regret that later. Been there, done that,still kicking myself....
September 2, 2001, 08:36 PM
Thanks, actually I hadn't planned on trading off one of my shotguns but rather a .380 pistol that I have little use for. I do agree with you on the questionable use of small steel shot, I have used it in the past and had OK luck with it, but probably only because the shots I took were under 30 yards over decoys, since that is the style of hunting I'm used too with blackpowder. Once again thanks for your input.
September 2, 2001, 09:27 PM
Having had a M25, I liked it better than a M12. Using Bismuth
instead if steel should present no problems.....I think you will love it.
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