Mike George

Plated shot seems to have gone out of fashion nowadays, but back in the mid 1980s it was extremely popular among loaders.

Nickel was the most common plating material, although some makers such as Dan Arms and Winchester used copper thinking that the coating acted as a lubricant between pellets, reducing distortion and thereby producing superior patterns.

It probably fell out of fashion because the plating process was expensive and it didn?t have advantages over the good, hard, well-polished and truly round shot we use today.