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Old August 6, 2021, 10:56 AM   #1
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Steel shot availability:

Is anyone else noticing that 3” 12 Gauge Steel Shot is in short supply? I see plenty of 3-1/2” on hand. ‘Glad I kept one 3.5” as a just in case. One of the things that knocked a dent in the supply chain for us was Wal-Mart’s decision to get out of the firearms business in most markets. You could go into any Wal-Mart at 2:00 AM and get a decent box of Steel Shot. Now it seems like they will keep a little on hand but it’s snapped up quickly. Here is what I am seeing currently. Let me add, the intent of this is not to start a political discussion. That will accomplish nothing. My aim is to see how others are dealing with this or if I am the exception; not the rule. Thanks.

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Mack’s Prairie Wings - Some 3.5”, precious little 3”

Fort Thompson - Nothing

Rogers Sporting Goods - Spotty 3.5” and 3” imventory

Bass Pro - 3” and 3.5” in house but they have about 15% of what they had in stock this year

Mom and Pop Stores - Fairly well stocked
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Old August 6, 2021, 11:06 AM   #2
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Not good and the season will soon be here !!

I suspect we live in the same part of the country. I live in a waterfowl hunting area and around here, availability of Steel-shot is hard to find and when you do find some, it's expensive. You can find it but yo have to work for it !!!

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Old August 6, 2021, 11:13 AM   #3
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i live in Arkansas. Macks is normally flush with steel shot by now.
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Old August 18, 2021, 08:04 AM   #4
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I’m only seeing 3.5 in northern Illinois area.

What’s of more concern to me is the lack of #6 for squirrel and rabbit. I’m adapting this season. Considering number 8 for very close shots. Using my reloader to swap the # 8 for #4, 5, or 6 on some loads. Then stealing the primers from some rounds to make long range rounds.
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Old August 18, 2021, 12:54 PM   #5
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I suspect you will see more as hunting season gets closer
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Old August 18, 2021, 01:04 PM   #6
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I suspect you will see more as hunting season gets closer
Squirrel season started here on 8/15.
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Old August 18, 2021, 06:54 PM   #7
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You need steel to hunt squirrel?
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Old August 18, 2021, 09:33 PM   #8
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I sure hope not. It’s a terrible alternative for Ducks.
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Old August 21, 2021, 02:36 AM   #9
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Last year before duck season I looked at what I had and decided to hit up Rogers and it was easier to buy cases so I have a few stashed. But in the Milwaukee area there's low stock on 3.5 goose loads but when people were trying to talk me out of a Mossberg 935 in 3.5 i'm sure they're eating their words but I'll borrow them some 3 inch shells.
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Old August 21, 2021, 09:50 AM   #10
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Local Walmarts as of yesterday had dozens of federal 4 packs of steel, no lead shot at all in one store but plenty of steel
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As FITASC says. I was at walmart today and lots of Federal 4 packs, a good shelve of Winchester 3 inch and 2 shelves of Winchester 3.5. The only lead was left over turkey ammo.
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Old August 22, 2021, 09:39 PM   #12
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I’m using lead not steel. I found a little so I’m good. It’s still scarce.

I was going to mention I have plenty of 3.5 like I said above for my o/u. But now I can’t find steel two and three-quarter for my dad. He’s got this old Pump and he won’t take anything else. I’m gonna have to do some maneuvering if I can’t find any soon.

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Old August 23, 2021, 11:14 PM   #13
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Wal Mart steel shot is spotty in Arkansas, believe it or not. Larger towns have none. Whereas smaller towns have some ammo in general.
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