CHILLED SHOT—What sizes of shot can be used safely in a full choke gun, 12 gauge? I read some time ago that larger than 6’s or smaller than 8’s should not be used. Will chilled shot wear a barrel more than soft drop shot? I use a hammerless gun, left barrel full choke, right one half choke and most of my game is badly shot op. I have never used shot- spreaders. Do you advise using them? If so, kindly state how, also if you think they are injurious to the barrels? I use 24 or 3 drams of black powder and one ounce of shot, No. 4. I want some first class black powder. What is the retail price and what firm handles it?
All sizes of fine shot may be used with perfect safety but buck shot should be of such a size that they will chamber loosely in the muzzle, otherwise they might wedge and spring the choke from the barrel, I do not think that chilled shot will ever injure s gun and I would not hesitate to use them in the finest shotguns. Shot spreaders will certainly spread shot. I would advise using those made of card board and they will do no harm to the barrel. They are sold by the H-T-T advertisers. The best black shotgun powder I have ever used is DuPont’s Sea Shooting F. F. F. G. It is a slow burning powder and does not spread the shot much, making it very desirable for long range shooting. I presume, though, that you would want something quicker and advise using a fine grain powder. I do not know the retail prices of black powders as I have not used any for a number of years.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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