Winchester 120 Ranger and steel shot

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Winchester 120 Ranger and steel shot

Postby steelbull85 » Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:57 pm

Last season I used an old Winchester 120 Ranger 12ga with 28" barrel and fixed full choke. I was told by a buddy that I should not shoot steel through this gun as the steel can damage the choke and reduce it's effectiveness. I couldn't find any information online about this and was hoping someone could help confirm/deny what I was told. Thanks in advance for any information.
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Re: Winchester 120 Ranger and steel shot

Postby Tgunz_64 » Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:19 pm

Yes that's true. It is not good to shoot steel through guns with a a full choked barrel. Although some people do. I own a 120 youth 20ga. Although mine is set up for the winchoke system so I can change mine to mod or improved cylinder for steel. Steel isn't soft and can't compress like lead therefore it could crack or bulge your barrel if it can't get through easy enough and release the pressure properly. I'd stay away from steel. Great guns though! I love and still use mine. Mainly grouse and occasionally duck hunting.
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Re: Winchester 120 Ranger and steel shot

Postby 60's hunter » Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:13 am

I agree with 64-------A lot of the old steel barrels can hold up to steel shot, but not with a full choke.
Go pick up some Tungsten & enjoy it.
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Re: Winchester 120 Ranger and steel shot

Postby Tgunz_64 » Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:31 am

If you want to hunt ducks and use steel, then buy a different gun with interchangeable chokes if you don't already have one. Don't ruin a nice old gun. Plus it's much safer using a gun made to shoot steel. And if you don't have much to spend then just pick up a used 870 or Winchester 1300 or a mossberg even. Better safe than sorry! Hate to see that gun explode on you!
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Re: Winchester 120 Ranger and steel shot

Postby steelbull85 » Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:04 pm

Thanks guys. I was trying to justify to the wife my need for a new SX3....I think I found some good reasons! haha :beer:
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Re: Winchester 120 Ranger and steel shot

Postby Tgunz_64 » Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:05 pm

Nice! Never shot the SX3 but haven't heard anything bad about them either. I'd say its a good choice for a new duck gun!
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