BLACK POWDER AND CHILLED SHOT
BLACK POWDER AND CHILLED SHOTóWill it injure a 12 gauge shotgun to shoot shells loaded with black powder and chilled shot? Would I get better results than when using soft shot?
No, it will not harm your gun in any way, and you will get better results than with soft shot, both for game and target shooting. I think though that you could get some brand of smokeless powder that would be more satisfactory than black powder. A good bulk smokeless, if properly loaded, will give just as good a pattern, and a velocity and penetration equal to, if not surpassing, that obtainable with any black powder. Then it is so much nicer to use; leaves the gun clean, gives little recoil, less report and practically no smoke. But the use of chilled shot will be a step in advance, no matter what powder you use. Being harder, they are deformed less in passing through the choke of the gun, consequently they give a more even pattern, and a better penetration. They tear less than soft shot, but get through the feathers of a bird better. They are more expensive than soft shot, and for that reason are seldom used with black powder.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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