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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-15-06 02:12 PM
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The number of projectiles in the shell that Elmer Cheney fired
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You might have noticed that some have assumed Cheney was using steel shot. This is because of a Texas law that prohibits the use of lead shot while hunting waterfowl. These are good laws, as ducks and other waterfowl have been known to ingest lead pellets, which has a negative impact on their health.

Quail, however, are not waterfowl. They are upland game birds, so the steel shot law does not apply. Since the performance of lead projectiles is superior to that of any other type in common use, Elmer Cheney was almost certainly using #7.5 lead bird shot.

For your forensic enjoyment, please refer to the shot size table at this link:

http://www.shotgunworld.com/ammo_s082000.html

A 28 guage shell is loaded with 3/4 ounce of shot. There's approximately 350 shot per ounce of #7.5 lead shot, so there was a total of about 263 shot in the shell that Cheney fired.
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