copper coated steel

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Shellback, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. Shellback

    Shellback New Member

    Jul 10, 2008
    Broken Arrow Ok
    Anyone ever try to load copper coated steel BB's in 12 gauge rounds?
  2. Haligan

    Haligan Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2008
    FEMA Region II
    Ya know, that is an interesting idea but I just don't know enough about shot to even try that. Different loads for steel and different for lead, copper would have to be different too. Don't ya think !???!

  3. bluesea112

    bluesea112 Active Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    West, TX
    Copper coated steel BB's work fine in 12 gauge shells if you have a newer shotgun to shoot them in. I don't know what you are hunting, but about the only time you would want to use "BB's" is to hunt geese. BB's will do too much damage to the meat of smaller birds, and that is if you manage to hit one with a BB pattern. If your shotgun was made prior to the early 1990's, and does not have interchangable choke tubes, then you cannot use steel shot of any size or coating. Your only option is a non toxic load using "Bizmuth".
    If your shotgun has interchangable choke tubes, you can buy hardened choke tubes that are specifically made for shooting steel shot.
    Copper and zinc coatings on steel shot are not thick enough to act as a sufficient buffer in older model shotgun barrels. What will happen is that the end of your barrel willl become "pinged" up, which thins the metal making it split. In an extreme case they could bulge or split the barrel within a few shots.
Similar Threads
Forum Title Date
The Ammo & Reloading Forum NO,Copperheads DON'T Group-the wayback machine Apr 24, 2017
The Ammo & Reloading Forum Dazed and Confused on copper .223s Aug 30, 2015
The Ammo & Reloading Forum Finally Figured The "Copperheads"Out.... Jun 30, 2015
The Ammo & Reloading Forum How about .224, 55gr solid copper bullets for $.055 each Feb 7, 2015
The Ammo & Reloading Forum Copper Fouling in my 7mm Rem. Mag. Oct 29, 2014