Is a 10 gauge a bit overkill on ducks!? I think so...

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Is a 10 gauge a bit overkill on ducks!? I think so...

Postby LETEMWORK21 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:53 pm

My buddy swears by his 10 gauge thru and thru hes fully convinced his 12 gauge 870 doesnt kill em. I mean its his decision but I think its a bit overkill on ducks, maybe some late season mallards that your pass shooting you wont tear em up too bad but he took it out when our target was woodies early in the season. :eek: I will upload a pic of our results I got my limit of two hens and a drake using my SBEII using black cloud 4 shot and he got his one hen using 3 1/2 BB in his Browning BPS his end of the blind didnt have as good as shots as mine but he dropped his one as i doubled and then shot the drake a few min later as he came in lone on a string straight at me!
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Postby The Duck Hammer » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:10 pm

Maybe for woodies but a Mag 10 with BB will drop ducks like stones. I love mine. Hasnt seen much action though since I got my new A5
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Postby LETEMWORK21 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:37 am

Oh there's no doubt they drop ducks like stones but it seems like there's no meat left haha!
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Postby hankyorke » Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:02 pm

The same could be said about 3.5" shells...
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Postby rebelp74 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:17 pm

Depends on the range that you are shooting them at.
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Postby NuffDaddy » Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:33 pm

I've never shot a 10 gauge but where I see the advantage is you could open up your choke to a IC or LM instead if a M or F and still get enough pellets on target. But I think a skilled shooter with a 3" 20 gauge could kill the same birds as a average shooter with a 3 1/2 10 gauge.


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Postby rebelp74 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:35 pm

NuffDaddy wrote:I've never shot a 10 gauge but where I see the advantage is you could open up your choke to a IC or LM instead if a M or F and still get enough pellets on target. But I think a skilled shooter with a 3" 20 gauge could kill the same birds as a average shooter with a 3 1/2 10 gauge.


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The skilled shooter with the 20ga would probably kill more than the other.
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Postby dakotashooter2 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:40 pm

I agree that your buddy is probably benefiting from theincreased amount of shot and/ or wider pattern. I'm betting if he shot a 1 1/8oz load out of the 10 he probably wouldn't do any better than with his 12.
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Postby Rick Hall » Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:54 pm

And I've been bummed because everyone's out of 2 3/4" 20ga upland steel 5s, and I had to step up to 3" 4s. The idea of swinging a 10ga on ducks gives me the willies. But if you're bud's more confident with the 10, he may well shoot better with it.
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Postby blackduck_killer » Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:30 pm

Sometimes its the little things that make a big change in our confidence and our abilities. I know for me this season I switched from fast loads to slightly slower loads and intantly started shooting better, I suspect it was something subconcious making me lead them slightly further.
If this is his positive improvement let him have it, maybe try and get him to switch to 2's or 3's for ducks though, and the patterns should be impressive.
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Postby johnmoses » Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:39 pm

Rick Hall wrote:And I've been bummed because everyone's out of 2 3/4" 20ga upland steel 5s, and I had to step up to 3" 4s. The idea of swinging a 10ga on ducks gives me the willies. But if you're bud's more confident with the 10, he may well shoot better with it.


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Postby lou_01 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:21 pm

My opinion is that a 10 guage is overkill for any ducks and probably the most preferred tool for skybusters, im the only one out of the friends i hunt with that still shoots a 3 inch gun and i do just as good as the fancy 3.5 guns if not better some days. Instead of buying a bigger gun i decided to better my calling, decoy strategy, and concealment rather than focus on longer distance shooting, like i said its just my 2 cents. The fun in it for me is to get them close but to each is own.
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Postby LETEMWORK21 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:47 pm

lou_01 wrote:My opinion is that a 10 guage is overkill for any ducks and probably the most preferred tool for skybusters, im the only one out of the friends i hunt with that still shoots a 3 inch gun and i do just as good as the fancy 3.5 guns if not better some days. Instead of buying a bigger gun i decided to better my calling, decoy strategy, and concealment rather than focus on longer distance shooting, like i said its just my 2 cents. The fun in it for me is to get them close but to each is own.


EXACTLY! He's not anymore confident with it he just thinks oh I can blast em even higher/farther then :no: he's my best friend but our hunting styles are way apart. He's a skybuster and even got kicked out of a property this year because of it! He's a decent caller but gets way too impatient and thinks oh my 10 will shoot 100 yards in the air and kill em dead lol he may hunt like that on his own but when I'm with him ill settle him down and let em work and decoy that's just how I was taught! He always wants to go to my property to pass shoot geese that are skybuster level and If u shot a box of shells you might get 1 or 2 if your lucky cause the refuge is right across the highway but I'm not about that no need to educate 1500-2000 birds when we can stack em up the right way over dekes in the slough or the pit!
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Postby MaverickDiesel42 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:25 am

Think about all the old timers with the .410, 28, 20, 16, and 12 gauge with only 2-3/4'' and minimal choke options at best....
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Re: Is a 10 gauge a bit overkill on ducks!? I think so...

Postby xtrema13 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:22 am

Maybe if you don't want the breast


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Postby boney fingers » Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:45 am

A number 2 steel BB leaving the barrel at 1400 fps out of a 410 has the same leathality as the same BB leaving a 10g @ 1400fps. BBs dont carry more energy because they were shot out of a bigger gun. The advantage is more BBs or the same number of BBs in a larger size which do carry farther. If your buddy thinks a 10 will kill em at 100 yds; he will end up shooting tons of expensive hard to find ammo with no results other than a sore shoulder and cheek.
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Postby xtrema13 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:52 am

10ga is good for one purpose only. Killing geese.


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Postby JuniorPre 360 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:24 am

xtrema13 wrote:10ga is good for one purpose only. Killing geese.


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Postby Rick Hall » Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:32 pm

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Rick Hall wrote:And I've been bummed because everyone's out of 2 3/4" 20ga upland steel 5s, and I had to step up to 3" 4s. The idea of swinging a 10ga on ducks gives me the willies. But if you're bud's more confident with the 10, he may well shoot better with it.


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Postby Greenheadindy » Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:37 pm

I couldn't imagine shooting a 10 gauge day in and day out. 3.5" shells out of my 12 gauge are even too much for me. Hunted with them once and the first shot pushed me back off the bucket I was sitting on and I landed in the cold swamp (not to mention the bruise it left on my shoulder). I went back to 3" #2's and don't plan on ever changing again.
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Postby Goose Doctors » Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:25 pm

I own a 10 gauge, don't use it except for turkeys. I still use my grampas 12 gauge he gave me that you can't put any chokes in and only shoots 2 3/4. I kill ducks and geese alot more than most of my friends that use 12 gauge 3 and a half.
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Postby rebelp74 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:51 pm

Greenheadindy wrote:I couldn't imagine shooting a 10 gauge day in and day out. 3.5" shells out of my 12 gauge are even too much for me. Hunted with them once and the first shot pushed me back off the bucket I was sitting on and I landed in the cold swamp (not to mention the bruise it left on my shoulder). I went back to 3" #2's and don't plan on ever changing again.

My browning gold 10ga kicks less than my benelli nova, benelli sbe2, and rem. 870 with 3" shells. The 10's are much heavier than the 12's resulting in less recoil.
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Postby LETEMWORK21 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:41 pm

I've brought my grandpas old 10 guage out a few times on geese I call it the goose boom I can reach out and touch em it's a H&R single shot full choke 38 inch barrel :yes: nick named it the goose boom
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Postby rebelp74 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:54 pm

LETEMWORK21 wrote:I've brought my grandpas old 10 guage out a few times on geese I call it the goose boom I can reach out and touch em it's a H&R single shot full choke 38 inch barrel :yes: nick named it the goose boom

38" Wow
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Postby The Duck Hammer » Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:36 pm

LETEMWORK21 wrote:I've brought my grandpas old 10 guage out a few times on geese I call it the goose boom I can reach out and touch em it's a H&R single shot full choke 38 inch barrel :yes: nick named it the goose boom

My granddad has a old Long Tom 12 with a 36" barrel. Never shot it though. Heard great things about it. :biggrin:
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Indaswamp wrote:easy...just manipulate the ruler to make the inch shorter so that 28" reads 30"..... :thumbsup:

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