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macFarlaine
November 14, 2007, 03:00 PM
Can anyone out there advise on Hevi shot for use on waterfowl.I have just been given 10 to try out.They work out very expensive,each shell costs $4.00.

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Striker
November 14, 2007, 03:06 PM
Mac,

I haven't use it, but it is supposed to be a safe alternative for steel shot in older guns as well as meeting US non-lead shot requirements for waterfowling.

Here is the link to the company.

http://www.hevishot.com/home.html

macFarlaine
November 14, 2007, 03:08 PM
Thanks striker,is steel the most popular in the US ?

JohnBT
November 14, 2007, 03:18 PM
I've used Hevi-Shot the for a number of years and like it very much. I like both the 2.75" and 3" shells in #4 and #6. We use the #6 for Mallards and #4 on the days when we're hunting Mallards and Canadas.

The biggest problem has been getting the patterns to open up to a reasonable size at 30 or 40 yards. Using my Winchester SX-2 Waterfowl (3.5" chamber), I've settled on an IC choke tube and it works very well for even the longest shots. My friend uses either an IC or MOD in an 870 or 1100.

John

P.S. - Have you looked at the Tungsten Super Shot. They only make #5 and #7 and say it's good for any bird out to 70-80-90 yards or something. Expensive too. www.tungstensupershot.com/pages/technical.asp

Striker
November 14, 2007, 03:19 PM
Probably a toss up between Steel and Bismouth, though hevi-shot is making in-roads because it is closer ballistically to lead shot then the others.

Since I hunt close over decoys, for me it boils down to which is less expensive at purchase time, though I prefer Bismouth over steel
(and likely will prefer hevi-shot over both once I shoot some).

PS: What part of the UK do you live? Scotland per chance?

627PCFan
November 14, 2007, 03:53 PM
I mainly hunt waterfowl and Im new to the sport and I shoot hevishot exclusively. If it werent for the price, I would use it on everything. It only took me 1 cripple to switch from steel-

macFarlaine
November 14, 2007, 04:25 PM
Thank you all,I live in the Lake District just a few miles from Scotland.I have used Bismuth and tungsten but never steel.My friends use steel but I see too many winged birds.I haven't heard about this tungsten super shot but I will ask around.How much is Hevishot in the US.
regards John.

Striker
November 14, 2007, 04:37 PM
John,

Off topic, My family roots are in Lamington (Clan Baillie). I hope to visit for the first time next year.

Jack

macFarlaine
November 14, 2007, 04:45 PM
Jack,let me know when you are coming,we are not far away.You would be most welcome if you like a cup of tea.
John.

Striker
November 14, 2007, 04:52 PM
John,

Will do, thanks!

Jack

JohnBT
November 14, 2007, 06:23 PM
I haven't looked at the price of HS recently because I have fair amount stored away. The last time I looked the 3" loads were running $25 or $30 dollars depending upon the store. In addition, the manufacturer sometimes gives a rebate per box and that makes it hard for me to remember the actual cost.

It was almost 75*F here today, but maybe it will cool off by Thanksgiving. I talked to my buddy at his marina near the Chesapeake and the buffleheads have started to show up, so maybe the larger birds will get here soon.

John

Dave McCracken
November 14, 2007, 10:44 PM
The Hevishot 2s in 3" have been great for me on decoyed geese including 18 lb Giant Canadas.Effect has been like lead 2s.

harbinger_j
November 15, 2007, 03:49 PM
I paid a little over $2 per shell for 2 3/4" hevishot.
I have been pleased with it's performance so far.

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