Preconceived ideas and misconceptions linger at the expense of change and the adoption of new techniques or products. In the shooting world, steel shot cartridges offer an intriguing example. “Poor patterns”, “limited energy transfer” and “inconsistencies” are oft-heard criticisms. But are these still valid?
Improvements in the steel loads being produced today are such that the stigma attached to their effectiveness is fading. We asked a number of experienced Shots – from steel sceptics to convinced wildfowlers – for their thoughts: