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rammed through the tight chokes, so
don't overlook the modified choke,
which provides good shot densities
out to 30 yards and allows for quicker
reloading because it's big enough for the
wad and cup to go through.
These and other tips will help you
along your way.

metal Matters
While steel can be used in many
muzzleloaders, it still isn't the best
choice for turkey muzzleloader hunting.
Heavier elements, like bismuth and
tungsten, provide increased energy
effectiveness on target - knockdown
clout that helps to ensure game recovery.
Bismuth produces the same patterns
of lead shot when using the same chokes.
Even the velocities and energies are
similar.
But bismuth shot has greater density,
so loads with smaller shot sizes and
greater numbers of pellets are possible.
It also can be shot in older, thinnerbarreled muzzleloaders, as well as newer
guns.
It is, however, more expensive than
lead.
Although I've learned to use steel
shot with muzzleloading shotguns, it
never has produced the same results as
lead for me. Only bismuth can, making
it worth the extra cost.
At one time, we took bismuth out of
shotgun shells to use in our muzzleloaders. Now, however, the heavier-than-lead
bismuth is available in bulk for handloaders in convenient 7-pound containers. For information on where you can
get this shot, contact Bismuth-No-Tox.
But if I'm in a pinch for time, I still
extract bismuth shot from modern
12-gauge shells; they have the correct
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shot volume for each load.

producing patterns
Tungsten-iron shot is very hard and
requires a special, thicker plastic wadding.
Its penetrating power is impressive,
but it lacks the knockdown qualities of
lead and bismuth. Consequently, it's
difficult for muzzleloader hunters to use
effectively.
Tungsten blends like Hevi-Shot are
generating a lot of attention. Before trying
it, though, check with Hodgdon, Ballistic
Products or Precision Reloading for safe
loading information and plastic shot cups.
I like TomBob Outdoors' nontoxic
shot. Tim Smith, the company's founder
and president, developed a new tungsteniron shot that has the perfect balance of
density, hardness and ductility.
After taking a big bird last year at
about 30 yards with a No. 4 load of this
tungsten-iron blend, I was impressed with
its knockdown power. I believe the shot
would have been effective out to 40.
Practicing on clay-birds and pattern
targets can guide you in establishing the
proper leads with all types of nontoxic
shot. They vary from one nontoxic load



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