You might want to try hevi-steel if you don't want to try hevi-shot. It's new this year and it's .76 cents a shot but they only sell it in 12 gauge 3 inch so far. You can only drop down one shot size down from steel with hevi-steel so I don't if it is worth it. As for tungsten-iron I have never tried it but i think you can drop down two or three shot sizes with it from steel. Tungsten-iron is 1.30 a shot for 12 gauge 3 inch.
I know that the Non steel shot that is now available is really popular. Spurred on by the many goose hunting videos that plug them. They may even actually be a longer range alternative. But, I just can get myself to pay that kind of cash for them. Money is not the problem, I just think that it's a waste.
Bring em in close and hammer em with 36 cents worth of 3" steel.
I shoot Tungsten-Iton and absolutly love the stuff. My dad shoots Hevi-shot and it works too I just can't pay that kind of money for it while pying for school. The only reason that I pay the price that I do for the T/I is because I figure after all of the money spent on a great gun (SBE), deks, clothing, why not shoot good shells. Why spend all that money on good equipment and then shoot cheap shells. IMO. Also if you want to see some good fold easily at 50 yards try some. I shoot #2's early season and then usually shoot #1's or BB's.
2005 FEDERAL WILL BE BRINGING OUT A NEW TUNGTEN IRON. THE COST WILL BE DOWN TO 1.1-1.3 A SHELL DEPENDING ON THE LOAD.
THE BEST PART IS FEDERAL GAVE ME SOME SAMPLES TO TEST, SO I GAVE 20 ROUNDS THIS SEASON TO A FRIEND. THE GUYS HE HUNTED WITH USED STEEL AND THEY COULD NOT BELIEVE THE WAY THE GEESE DROPPED BY THE NEW TUNGSTEN IRON. THE GUYS USING STEEL SHOT THE GEESE WERE FULTERING TO THE GROUND AND STILL FLOPPING. THE TUNGSTEN IRON SHOT GEESE DROPED LIKE A BRICK AND NEVER MOVED.
ONE OTHER THING A MATERIALS EXPERT FIRGURED OUT HOW TO MAKE IT 3X SOFTER THAN YOUR BARRLE SO IT CAN BE SHOT IN ANY GUN AND ELIMINATED THERE THICK WAD AND ALLOWED THEM TO UP THERE PAYLOADS.
I know heavy shot is very popular and I did buy some on a going out of business sale because it was cheap. Myself I would not spend the extra money for it. I like to decoy them in under 30yrds and steel works fine fo me, you can only kill them so dead. I did take a heavy shot shell apart and was very suprised to see the how many of the shot was deformed. The ones that did't have jagged edges on it wasn't that round.
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