Stoeger M3000 for geese?

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Stoeger M3000 for geese?

Postby Mikel199 » Mon May 12, 2014 3:15 pm

Found a great deal on a new stoeger m3000 28" Max4. Only problem is i mostly hunt geese and was looking to buy a 3.5in gun and retire my mossberg 500 that has never let me down. I'm looking to buy a kicks hf MOD choke and shoot my normal 3in Hevi Metal BB or kent fasteel when I'm broke. Does anyone think this is just as good as 3.5in?
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Re: Stoeger M3000 for geese?

Postby Honk-n-quack » Mon May 12, 2014 4:22 pm

Matters what and how you hunt. I hunt bigwater and I always use 3.5"ers. Shot a goose last year that weighed almost 19 lbs
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Re: Stoeger M3000 for geese?

Postby steelshotshooter » Mon May 12, 2014 4:48 pm

With good velocity and good patterns at the ranges you plan on shooting birds, a 3" load will kill a bird just as dead as a 3 1/2" load with less recoil and faster follow up shots....
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Re: Stoeger M3000 for geese?

Postby Mikel199 » Mon May 12, 2014 4:54 pm

I hunt over decoys in cut corn. We land birds all the time but sometimes we end up in a feild where the geese circle but won't commit to the hole and we have to take 40 yard shots
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Re: Stoeger M3000 for geese?

Postby Jon Bergren » Mon May 12, 2014 6:05 pm

Mikel199 wrote:I hunt over decoys in cut corn. We land birds all the time but sometimes we end up in a feild where the geese circle but won't commit to the hole and we have to take 40 yard shots



I killed geese all the time with 7/8 oz of B's at 1765 fps with an extended Mod choke to 45 yds. With a Terror choke to 60 yds. Ned S
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Re: Stoeger M3000 for geese?

Postby Honk-n-quack » Tue May 13, 2014 1:42 pm

Spend more and get a 3500 if it isn't too much, it never hurts to increase extra pattern density
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Re: Stoeger M3000 for geese?

Postby cluckmeister » Tue May 13, 2014 3:12 pm

Honk-n-quack wrote:Matters what and how you hunt. I hunt bigwater and I always use 3.5"ers. Shot a goose last year that weighed almost 19 lbs

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A 19 pound goose? Please forgive me but did you put about 6 pounds of Buckshot in that goose before you weighed it LOL
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Re: Stoeger M3000 for geese?

Postby Honk-n-quack » Wed May 14, 2014 1:27 pm

Nope. We have a resident goose season and these geese have sat in wheat fields for 7 months gorging themselves.
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Re: Stoeger M3000 for geese?

Postby cluckmeister » Wed May 14, 2014 6:17 pm

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Re: Stoeger M3000 for geese?

Postby Honk-n-quack » Wed May 14, 2014 11:11 pm

Haha! not quite that bad! If I missed that I would quit hunting
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Re: Stoeger M3000 for geese?

Postby jstewart_1981 » Thu May 15, 2014 5:21 am

I have saw days where my old 3" gun killed as many or more than my buddies 3.5" guns.
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Re: Stoeger M3000 for geese?

Postby Yuchi1 » Thu May 15, 2014 5:50 am

Mikel199 wrote:Found a great deal on a new stoeger m3000 28" Max4. Only problem is i mostly hunt geese and was looking to buy a 3.5in gun and retire my mossberg 500 that has never let me down. I'm looking to buy a kicks hf MOD choke and shoot my normal 3in Hevi Metal BB or kent fasteel when I'm broke. Does anyone think this is just as good as 3.5in?


First, you're simply going from a 3" pumpgun to a 3" S/A. The great news is you don't need a 3 1/2" chambered 12 ga. to do so as you've apparently had success with the Mossy. If you decide to go 3 1/2", the 10 gauge is the best route, expecially for geese.

Second, you've apparently been shooting the birds close(r) as the HeviMetal shotshells are basically spreader loads.

Before you spend ~$80USD on a HF tube, get a box of 3" in #1's and shoot a few patterns with your factory IC & MOD tubes. Most loads in #1 pellets will kill geese quite a bit farther than the HM BB's, plus be a better as a large duck load, to boot.
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