How you guys like bismuth?

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  1. GBO

    GBO Senior Refuge Member

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    I'm thinking about patterning some bismuth shells. Always used steel. Any of you fellas use bismuth or tungsten?
     
  2. WHUP ! Hen

    WHUP ! Hen Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    When it first came out I used it in some of my old doubles and the shot didn’t hold together very good. I’m certain improvements have been made, downside it is expensive.
     
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    Winchester 1897 Elite Refuge Member

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    I shot it through my Model 12 20 a lot, and some through the 12 gauge. I really like it, much better than steel and tungsten I think.
     
  4. PaulinKansas

    PaulinKansas Elite Refuge Member

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    I used bismuth one season. My own reloads. Keep your velocity below 1330 fps. You don't need the speed of fast steel.
     
  5. Allan

    Allan Elite Refuge Member

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    Bismuth is better than tungsten? Have you shot tungsten?
     
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    Winchester 1897 Elite Refuge Member

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    Yes, my guns don't pattern it worth a schidt. That's why bismuth is better for me.
     
  7. JohnBZ

    JohnBZ Elite Refuge Member

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    Ive been kicking around the thought of trying a few boxes this season just to see. They say #5 bismuth performs alot like #3 steel. Im more intrested in the pattern density, especially for diver hunting where cripples are something we definitely want to avoid. Having the pellet count of a #4 load with the oomph of a #3 with better penetration because the pellet is much smaller sounds good to me. Ive pizzed away more money on other things to get alot less.
     
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  8. Allan

    Allan Elite Refuge Member

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    Ok, was that tss or some other tungsten product?
     
  9. howard s.

    howard s. Elite Refuge Member

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    I just use steel now as it much better than when it first come out.
    I like BB for geese and 2 and 3 steel for ducks.
    The key to steel is during the right size pellet for the waterfowl your hunting.
     
  10. da fowl slayer

    da fowl slayer Elite Refuge Member

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    I use bismuth out of my 410. And my 28 ga

    Never took the time to pattern but they kill ducks dead
    Waste of money if you shoot 20ga or larger
    But if you got the money and can’t kill em with a $8 box of shells

    Spend on they are better
     

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