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Legal ammo

Postby kbbgood » Wed Nov 25, 2020 12:06 pm

Is there any legal ammo for waterfowl that is not going to hurt my barrel? I have an 870 LT MAG Wingmaster with a mod barrel. I want to use it hunting but I don't want to hurt it with steel shot. What can I do?
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Re: Legal ammo

Postby Jim Atlas » Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:16 pm

Bismuth is soft.
But honesty, I doubt a 2-3/4" 1-1/8 oz load of #2 steel will hurt your mod choked barrel.
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Re: Legal ammo

Postby Yuchi1 » Wed Nov 25, 2020 3:42 pm

#3-#5 steel pellets
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Bismuth

I shoot #4 steel and HW-15 in #7 in one of the Sweet Sixteens (IC choke) with no discernible issues.
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Re: Legal ammo

Postby 5 stand » Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:45 pm

Jim Atlas wrote:Bismuth is soft.
But honesty, I doubt a 2-3/4" 1-1/8 oz load of #2 steel will hurt your mod choked barrel.


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Re: Legal ammo

Postby baltz526 » Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:30 pm

kbbgood wrote:Is there any legal ammo for waterfowl that is not going to hurt my barrel? I have an 870 LT MAG Wingmaster with a mod barrel. I want to use it hunting but I don't want to hurt it with steel shot. What can I do?
Until Remington started selling Hypersteel ammo. They certified their fixed full barrels on 1100/870 for up to #2 steel. Your gun will shoot Steel shot up to #2 Safetly and will also pattern them well. Standard velocity up to the latest 1550fps 3" loads. Avoid the Hypersteel.
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Re: Legal ammo

Postby Dave in AZ » Fri Nov 27, 2020 2:29 pm

kbbgood wrote:Is there any legal ammo for waterfowl that is not going to hurt my barrel? I have an 870 LT MAG Wingmaster with a mod barrel. I want to use it hunting but I don't want to hurt it with steel shot. What can I do?

Like others said above... just about everything is fine. I would certainly not think twice about #3 or 4 steel. Nothing will hurt the barrel if it doesnt scrape it, so all decent handloads even with tungsten will be fine, just use a mylar wrap if worried.
Certainly bismuth is fine. But I'd just shoot 3 steel and call it a day.
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Re: Legal ammo

Postby kbbgood » Sat Nov 28, 2020 9:51 pm

I'm not using handloads for it, is there any factory loads you could recommend?

Also is there any barrels using Remchokes for my LW MAG 20 GA?
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Re: Legal ammo

Postby jsh909 » Sat Nov 28, 2020 10:31 pm

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Honestly any factory 2-3/4in shell with 1-1/8oz of steel shot traveling around 1400 fps will work.
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Re: Legal ammo

Postby John Singer » Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:16 am

Many of us have been using steel shot in older shotguns for 30 years or more. Through a modified or more open choke, modern commercial steel shot will not "hurt" your gun.
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Re: Legal ammo

Postby Jim Atlas » Sun Nov 29, 2020 2:15 pm

Hasn't hurt my mid 70's 870 with a fixed full.
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Re: Legal ammo

Postby jsh909 » Sun Nov 29, 2020 2:39 pm

70s browning auto 5s in 20 gauge and 12 gauge with fixed fulls have been fine also
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