Duck Hunting with a bolt action

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Duck Hunting with a bolt action

Postby quailhunter123 » Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:34 pm

has anybody ever shot ducks with a bolt action gun
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Re: Duck Hunting with a bolt action

Postby mudpack » Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:40 pm

I'm sure someone, somewhere, at some time, has killed a duck with a bolt action shotgun.
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Re: Duck Hunting with a bolt action

Postby clampdaddy » Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:08 pm

My dads first gun was a bolt action 20 ga. He shot a few ducks with it. When I got old enough to hunt I shot it for a few months. I could get two shots off at a dove or pheasant but I don't recal ever getting to use the third round. :lol3:
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Re: Duck Hunting with a bolt action

Postby uglymug » Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:16 pm

My uncle skullcapped ducks every time with his bolt action. Only thing was....it was a .270. :lol3:
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Re: Duck Hunting with a bolt action

Postby thomashamm2 » Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:20 pm

I have personally not have, but a man that I duck hunt with from time to time has a 12 gauge bolt action that is old, but its a treat to see. Hes a lefty and the gun is a righty gun so its even harder for him to load but he manages to get 3 shots off if he needs it!
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Re: Duck Hunting with a bolt action

Postby Honk-n-quack » Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:40 pm

im pretty good at shooting ducks with bolt actions, bolt action 17 hmrs with sitting ducks that is
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Re: Duck Hunting with a bolt action

Postby steelshotshooter » Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:42 pm

Back probably 30 years ago, I use to duck hunt with a 12 gauge bolt action Marlin Goose Gun with a 36" full choke barrel...

Load of choice was a 2 3/4" magnum load of lead #4 from either Remington, Winchester or Federal - just whichever box of shells I happen to grab going out the door...
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Re: Duck Hunting with a bolt action

Postby surfrat » Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:49 pm

An old friend of mine use to try to hunt with a marlin goose gun. It had a 34 or 36 in full choke. He couldn't hit anything with it but he thought it was cool. I guess one might be o.k. in a field for geese. I think it swings too slow for ducks.
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Re: Duck Hunting with a bolt action

Postby Swamp Gas » Fri Feb 14, 2014 12:02 am

A friend of mine has some buddies who have a " for fun" trap & skeet group. Any participant is required to shoot a bolt action.
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Re: Duck Hunting with a bolt action

Postby 2point » Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:18 am

steelshotshooter wrote:Back probably 30 years ago, I use to duck hunt with a 12 gauge bolt action Marlin Goose Gun with a 36" full choke barrel...

Load of choice was a 2 3/4" magnum load of lead #4 from either Remington, Winchester or Federal - just whichever box of shells I happen to grab going out the door...
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That was me, in the 70s. My buddy and I each had a pumps for ducks in one hand and our Marlin goose guns loaded with 3 inch 4 buck for geese slung over the other shoulder. The belief back then was geese wore bullet proof vests. :yes:
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Re: Duck Hunting with a bolt action

Postby lunatic » Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:11 pm

surfrat wrote:An old friend of mine use to try to hunt with a marlin goose gun. It had a 34 or 36 in full choke. He couldn't hit anything with it but he thought it was cool. I guess one might be o.k. in a field for geese. I think it swings too slow for ducks.



I hunted with the same model shotgun and with the same results. Come to find out the barrels forcing cone was rough and the gun would not pattern very well. Yup, the gun had a 2 round magazine and 36" barrel, kicked the hell out of you.
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Re: Duck Hunting with a bolt action

Postby steelshotshooter » Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:21 pm

I guess it has been longer ago than what I was actually thinking! Dang, I must be getting old or something. I was talking with my buddy Harold and he said it was the mid 70's when hunted with our Marlin bolt action goose guns. How time flies....
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Re: Duck Hunting with a bolt action

Postby 3200 man » Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:36 pm

Quailhunter

Even tho bolt actions are a thing of the past , remember this , if you are successful with your first shot each time
you're bird hunting , You would have done better than 95 percent of US shooting Auto's !

Yep ! it's not the arrow or bow.......that determines a good shot ! And certainly not one that buys the most shells ! :thumbsup:
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Re: Duck Hunting with a bolt action

Postby 2point » Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:54 pm

I was at a sporting goods store last month and they had a Marlin goose gun for sale. We always called ours "long toms" I text a pic to my buddy of it and we had a good laugh. I was on one of these forums and the title said a question for you old timers, I was curious so I opened it up and he was asking about duck hunting in the seventies and then it hit me. OMG I was an old timer. :no:
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Re: Duck Hunting with a bolt action

Postby cootlover » Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:16 pm

Yep marlin super goose gun 10 ga 34 in barrel. Ducks, trap killed my first honker with it :thumbsup:
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