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Thread: Kent Bismuth & Pheasants?

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    Interesting. The TM seems to be pretty highly rated overall. That's a good lesson to not buy too much of any one thing before patterning it.

    As long as the Bismuth works well on birds I sure like the price of it more.

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    I'd say it's got potential but with everything starting the same I was impressed with the bismuth, and I think it's way cheaper.


    Tighten up the choke and I bet the matrix would be fine, but at the same price as hevi shot

    Has anyone tried Kent 1 1/8 oz #6's Upland Fast Steel?

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    I shoot the kent upland steel in 20 ga 7/8 oz 5 shot published 1500 fps . Early season ducks and pheasant and quail .

    Pattern really nice tough on woodies and teal . Upland hunting I use 5's in the Ic barrel and 3 " 3's in my mod barrel .

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    Well we finally got out this AM to run the dog and test the Bismuth on some birds. Long story short, 9 of 10 chukar we had the dog grabbed so the last one we returned to the game farm guys. The bird guy wasn't happy they didn't perform so he set us 5 pheasant.

    2 phez were also caught, one we were able to throw and it shot out like a jet, the bismuth 5's smoked it at about 25 yards.
    The next rooster was pointed and flushed about 5 yards off the muzzle, I let it get out about what I guessed after to be 35 yards and it dropped it like it was hit by lightning.
    Another the dog and I put up in from of me I yelled to my son to shoot first even though it was flying straight away from me, a quartering away left to right shot for him about 40ish yards, poof of feathers, BOOOM! Again smoked.
    Last one was pointed, flushed and shot at a normal speed, about 20 yards and down it went.

    Loved being back in a field behind my lab and with my new go to nontoxic shell for upland, I know it's only 4 birds but there was no kicking birds delivered to hand.

    The last few years I've been shooting 3" 1 1/4 oz. black cloud close range and 3" 1 1/8 oz. prairie storm steel both in #4's with great results, now I've got a 2 3/4" shell with a heavier payload and a reasonably close velocity to my favorite lead load and great patterns without having to drop down to 4's.

    We are going to get out a few more times in the next week and a half, I'll post if we see anything other than what I've seen so far.

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    Good report, Dewey. Sounds like the Kent Bismuth performed well. I ordered a few more boxes a couple of days ago, can't wait to try them out in SD in Nov. Plan to shoot a few ducks with them in Dec/Jan too.

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    Thanks for reporting back Dewey! Glad to hear they performed well for you. I've actually been considering buying some Heavyweight-13 shot and loading my own shells, but it sounds like it can be a pain to reload the tungsten stuff and there seems to be limited recipes for it.

    If the Bismuth is really behaving like lead it's even cheaper than I could reload the heavyweight stuff (plus I'd need to buy a press!).

    Good to hear the report. If you have anything else to add I would be interested in hearing it, but think I'll have to buy a box or two to pattern soon.

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    I sent an email to Kent a little while ago asking about how the Bismuth compares to lead (asked if #4 or 5 would be closest to #5 lead and what they would recommend for late November pheasants.

    Also asked what they improved about their Bismuth load, and finally how the Tungsten Matrix would compare to lead.

    Below is their reply. I thought it was a pretty good, honest reply from them:

    Our Bismuth shot has a density of around 9.3

    #4 may be your best bet?

    What is different on the shot is the recipe that doesn?t have it shattering as easy as previous Bismuth had a tendency to do

    Tungsten Matrix is very lead like and has great energy, take down and performance. Our shot size in Tungsten Matrix is the same as in lead.

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    quail hound,
    Where do you find Rio Bismuth? I cannot find it at Ammoseek, my normal go to place. I wouldn't mind trying it. Got to be better than steel. Thanks.

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    Last time I ordered it I got it from ableammo, just checked and their stock is pretty low but they do have some.
    "The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship"

    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    I'll give 'em a look. Thanks.

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