Sagebrush wrote:#7 steel works just fine for trap shooting.
I have yet to try it with sporting clays at the longer distances but it works great from 40 yards in.
So if your gun club "Goes Green" you will still be able to enjoy the sport.
I'm not sure shot size is the issue...maybe I'm wrong. Cost of shooting would be my biggest concern. I don't shoot clays on a regular basis so I don't reload, Xpert steel (the cheapest stuff i can find) is about $14 a box, you can find lead shot on sale for as little as $3 a box. Shooting is alot more fun when I don't have to work overtime to pay for it.
This is an interesting subject, something I would like to know more about. How would the cost of reloading steel compare to buying lead off the shelf? Are we going to see a decline in recreational shooting with so many ranges going to non-toxic ammo? I know there are a couple of manufacturers making non-toxic, single projectile rifle ammo also to cope with new laws restricting the use of lead. What ever happened to bismuth? I'm sure its still around though with the introduction of tungsten its not as popular as it was in the early to mid '90s. I was just a teenager then so there is no way I could afford it but what I remember about it is that it performed very much like lead, as far as speed and density, but it cost more than steel. Has the price come down any? Would it be a good alternative to steel in the competitive clay target shooting world?
Ok I'm straying from the subject a little, maybe I should've posted something in the "environmental issues forum" but this thread has really sparked an interest in me. So far in Michigan there aren't any restrictions to the use of lead in target shooting or hunting (aside from waterfowl) that I am aware of, at least not a statewide law. Private clubs may have their own rules I guess. I'm sure that someday the use of lead will be highly restricted everywhere, and not just in ammunition. Battery manufacturers aren't using as much lead anymore, even fishing tackle such as sinkers and jigheads are being made from non-toxic materials. Its just a matter of time when just possessing lead will be illegal without a license or permit.
All statements in this post are a matter of OPINION and THEORY very little common knowledge or intellect went into the content of this writing.
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