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Will Steel Shot Damage my Barrel ?

Discussion in 'Mossberg SA-20' started by Lefty9, Nov 29, 2016.

  1. Lefty9

    Lefty9 .270 WIN

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    I just love my Turkey Thug and have found a shell that it loves : Royal C20 Blue Steel Magnum 3" .
    But can they damage the Thugs barrel ?
  2. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

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    No.

    The pellets will be housed in a plastic wad inside the hull, and won't leave the wad until after they have exited the barrel.
  3. Rossignol

    Rossignol The Original Sheriff Staff Member Global Moderator Sponsor Forum Moderator

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    You do have to check the choke to see if it's rated for steel shot. Some tight chokes can't handle the steel and should say on the choke steel or lead only. Most after market manufacturers won't list tight choke diameters as being ok with steel even for small shot.
  4. Lefty9

    Lefty9 .270 WIN

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    Thanks folks - always a great feeling to know I can ask a question here and get good solid answers !
  5. Rossignol

    Rossignol The Original Sheriff Staff Member Global Moderator Sponsor Forum Moderator

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    You know, I just assumed you're using choke tubes. If not, disregard, lol
  6. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

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    That's funny.

    I assumed he was shooting with fixed chokes. :D
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  7. Rossignol

    Rossignol The Original Sheriff Staff Member Global Moderator Sponsor Forum Moderator

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    I realized what you were thinking after I came back and reread. :)
  8. Bobster

    Bobster .30-06 Supporter

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    I think Lefty has been advised on choke selection elsewhere. I CAN say that the "turkey" choke the Turkey Thug comes with OEM must NOT be used with steel shot, slugs or buckshot! When in doubt, read the Owner's Manual... The SA-20 factory choked barrels take Beretta/Benelli style chokes...
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  9. Rossignol

    Rossignol The Original Sheriff Staff Member Global Moderator Sponsor Forum Moderator

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    Thanks Bobster for helping out here!
  10. Lefty9

    Lefty9 .270 WIN

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    Bob - I did read the owners manual , but must admit I shot #1 Buckshot thru the O.E.M about 50 times ....even a box or two of steel birdshot . I will re-read the O.M so's not to continue my bouts of ignorance .
    I do have the I.C choke on it now and hope I am o.k shooting it with steel,buckshot,etc. .
  11. Lefty9

    Lefty9 .270 WIN

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    I re-read the owners manual .......
    It states a couple times NOT to shoot steel shot or slugs all right ; but don't mention Buckshot . However , no doubt it's not a good idea to do so on a fully choked gun .
  12. Rossignol

    Rossignol The Original Sheriff Staff Member Global Moderator Sponsor Forum Moderator

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    If all you have is the turkey choke, definitely no steel or slugs as you mentioned.

    I can't say about the specific constriction of your choke, but generally the factory turkey choke is not as tight a choke as you can get. In my specific case, I found I could go .020 thousandths tighter on constriction and have shot 00 to #4 buck through it and tungsten T, bismuth B, copper plated BB, and 3 sizes of turkey shot. But without knowing the constriction and being able to compare it with others I wouldn't suggest shooting larger shot like the buckshot.
  13. Lefty9

    Lefty9 .270 WIN

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    Rossi -
    I replaced the O.E.M choke on my Thug with an Improved Cylinder . So I should be "good to go" for the entire spectrum of shells !
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