About bismuth...........

Discussion in 'Shooting - Reloading Forum' started by Matt Barnard, Jan 31, 2018.

  1. Matt Barnard

    Matt Barnard Elite Refuge Member

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    Does it come in any sizes bigger than 4 shot? I would like to take out the old, new to me, Browning goose hunting.
     
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    Luigi Daniele Elite Refuge Member

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    I shoot 6’s
    Deadly on geese at non-ridiculous range
     
  3. Matt Barnard

    Matt Barnard Elite Refuge Member

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    Not disagreeing with you, I always shot #2 lead.
     
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    Native NV Ducker Mod-Duck Hunters Forum, Classifieds, and 2 others Moderator Flyway Manager

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    You will kill more geese with the 4's, and wound more geese with the 2's.
     
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  5. Dave in AZ

    Dave in AZ Senior Refuge Member

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    https://www.rotometals.com/bismuth/
    #B, 1, 2, 3...all the way to #9. Good stuff.
    I like #4 for ducks.
    KPY ballistics, 1000'msl, 0 F, 1350fps, 9.6 g/cc rotometals bismuth #2
    43.4 yards for 2.25" penetration (a commonly used metric for goose body lethality penetration)
    9/8 oz is 114 pellets, easy 12ga load and plenty for geese (55 needed).

    #4 bismuth in same situation gives 26.4 yards, not enough range for me-- I want to be able to get a body kill if needed.
    That being said, I've shot zero geese with bismuth, those are just the calculations. I'd load #2 myself, or HW13#4.
     
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    Native NV Ducker Mod-Duck Hunters Forum, Classifieds, and 2 others Moderator Flyway Manager

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    How in the world am I killing geese at 35+ yards with #4 steel.
     
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    When Bismuth Cartridge was still making ammunition we used Bismuth 4's on decoying geese and Bismuth 2's for pass shooting both of which worked well, 2's were good for me out to 50-55 yards which is about as far as I tried to shoot geese with it .
    Bismuth shot is a bit heavier than steel shot but still lighter than lead so pick your shot sizes accordingly. Here's a pellet count chart for Bismuth shot, with the Rotometals shot it may be off by a few pellets depending on the alloy they use.
    Bismuthchart_zpsaa60ad33.jpg
     
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    10GAGENUT Elite Refuge Member Sponsor Flyway Manager

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    In lighter loads this is very true, shooting 1 7/8 oz 1350 fps 10 gauge loads of Bismuth 2's they really did number on Canada's for me , pellet count is key as with any type shot.
     
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    You are hitting them where it counts.
     
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    Kent - NEW for 2018. Available in sizes BB, 2 and 3 in waterfowl loads and of course still available in #4. in 12 ga and 2,3 and 4 in 20 ga. Also now being offered in boxes of 25
     

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