Methods for finding stray shot in meat???

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Methods for finding stray shot in meat???

Postby Gutey » Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:17 am

Has anyone used any of the new scanners for finding stray shot in meat? Always nervous serving duck to friends and family for fear they will chomp down on a pellet a bust a tooth. Do my best to try to find them all but still manage to miss a few.
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Re: Methods for finding stray shot in meat???

Postby GroundSwatter » Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:52 am

I breast most of my ducks out. When I do this, I rinse all of the duck breasts thoroughly and so just by rinsing them well (i.e. getting feather and blood out of shot wounds), I get the majority of they shot out. This isn't 100%, you still find some shot every now and again, but it greatly reduces the amount of shot found. Always give a disclaimer, this is wild game, chew softly.

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Re: Methods for finding stray shot in meat???

Postby ks_waterfowler » Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:21 pm

Get a handheld metal detector like they use at the airport. You can get one for less than 20 bucks.
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Re: Methods for finding stray shot in meat???

Postby MTchicken » Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:46 pm

Being a woodworker, I had purchased a device used to locate metal in wood (so as not to destroy expensive planer and jointer blades) when working them to the desired dimentions. One of them looks like a giant blade razor, with the detector where the blades would go. I don't remember the cost, but I'm thinking about $20-$30. I also have another, made by the same mfgr. which does look like the airport "wands". It was about $100. I've used these even when butchering my venison, as sometimes bullets will fragment, and there is nothing scarier than finding a jagged fragment of of copper or lead at the table. You can find these in woodworking catalogs, or if you lucky and have one in your town......a woodworking store.
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Re: Methods for finding stray shot in meat???

Postby timberjet » Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:42 pm

Just tell em to be carefull. Just like eating fish with the occasional bone. cook breasts rare and everyone will rave and chewing softly is easy. I agree as well to breast out birds that are hit hard there and rinse them well, getting all the feathers out of any wounds. This gets most of the shot out. If you press your forefinger and thumb together tightly while cleaning your breasts you can usually feel any metal in there. anyway let us know how that gadget works and if it is worth it.
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