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Steel Shot

Last updated: October 30, 2019

What Does Steel Shot Mean?

Steel shot refers to a type of ballistic material that is used as a projectile for abrasive blast cleaning and shot peening, as well as for shotguns and pellet guns. Steel shot occurs in the form of a metallic pellet that is a bluish-gray alloy of iron with carbon. They are processed in a variety of finishes, allowing for a wide range of corrosion resistance levels.

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Corrosionpedia Explains Steel Shot

Steel shot is generally available in the form of highly polished, perfect spheres that are softened via annealing.

The following classifications are used for steel shot:

  • Zinc-plated or original. Steel shot is generally finished in one of two ways: polishing the original pellet or plated with zinc. Zinc-plated shot eliminates the occurrence of rust and corrosion.
  • Load data. Different steel shot are able to withstand a variety of load forces.
  • Industry standards. A variety of ballistic industry classifications are used to group steel shot. These are based on rates of softness, shape consistency and overall quality.
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