Is bismuth shot a thing of the past or what?? found it worked very well so now what is affordable??
Could be....the company founder passed away and his heirs have no interest in continuing the factory. There are a few companies out there that advertise that they have bismuth shot for reloading, but when pressed, they admit that they haven't started production yet:scrutiny: (Hunter Bismuth, are you listening!?:mad:)
It is indeed unfortunate that bismuth is not currently available, as it was the ONLY substitute that one could use in a muzzleloading shotgun or musket. Hevishot has come out with a nontoxic substitute that is suppose to be safe in classic doubles, but my inquiry as to if they intend to distribute the shot as a reloading component has gone unanswered.
Ecoshot is also an option for reloaders, but quite expensive.
If your gun is safe to use with steel shot, I might suggest using Kent faststeel.....it kills very well.
Well, if the box says, "Steel" and the hull says, "Steel", has the local warden ever X-acto'ed the shell open to look inside it?
Doesn't have to....if the magnet don't stick, then it ain't steel....but it could be bismuth or hevishot reloads. So how do they tell w/o opening the shell? There is a little hand held device that they can put the loaded shell in an tell what the shot material is w/o opening the hull.....it's called the hotshot, and I think it works on the density of the material inside.
Before ordering any bismuth shells from Cabela's (or any other retailer, for that matter), I would suggest you call first and make sure they have what is advertised in stock. Most stocks of bismuth were depleted this fall, and advertising hasn't caught up with inventory.:(
January 31, 2008, 11:51 AM
Does anyone reload their Hevi-shot hulls?
They were sealed to be waterproof, will they crimp back down?
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