I have been using steel shot in shot gun for shooting so I can safely feed anything shot to my goshawks but today I went out for pheasants with lead shot to get some for me. I thought I was missing a lot with the steel but today I found I hit a lot more and at greater distance. I shot a squirrel the other day and skinned it to eat myself and at 20yds the steel had only just penetrated the skin. Steel shot is just not heavy enough but after looking at the price of other non toxic shot the are just simply to expensive. What are people using instead of lead?