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Postby sigep538 » Wed Jun 28, 2006 2:02 pm

I really am new to duck hunting so excuse me for my ignorance. I just traded for a BPS (12 gauge 3.5" 26" mobu) this weekend at a gun show and the problem is that it only came with the improved modifided choke that turns into full choke with steel. I ordered a browning imp. cylinder that turns into a modifided with steel. I hunt in light timber mostly for Woodys and Mallards so i wanted a lil bigger pattern. Also i was given a lot of winchester Dryloc 2,3 and 4 when i run out i am lookin at buying a case of 2 or 4 Kent fasteel since i have heard nothing but praise for them. What do yall prefer 2s or 4s in 3 inch; I know this is a lot of speculation and expect different view points thanks.
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Postby VTduckman » Wed Jun 28, 2006 2:33 pm

Either will do fine but if the majority of your shots are 30 yards or less, go with fours as you will have a higher pellet count, if you are shooting out to 45 yards you will want 2's as they are bigger and will have more energy downrange. (i belive this is correct oh wiser-than-I-duckslayers, but if not please correct me)
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Postby greenster » Wed Jun 28, 2006 4:03 pm

Vt's right on.. I use #2's all the time no matter what the situation with a full choke. instead of worring about pellet count I try harder to do the pellet placement thing.. and make sure you carry some BB with ya for those cripples..
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Postby steelcommander » Wed Jun 28, 2006 6:12 pm

3" Kent Fasteel, you say??? Then, I would get the 1 1/8 oz. load instead of the 1 1/4 oz. load. MUCH faster. Also, your choke choice sounds good to me.
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Postby Smackaduck » Wed Jun 28, 2006 7:13 pm

You will always get a lot of different responses and lots of talk about speed and downrage power and pellet count. I always thought bigger and faster was great. Two years ago I started shooting 1 3/8 oz #6 and will not shoot anything else. I shoot a full choke no matter where I am hunting and they will do the job. Again opinions are like noses everyone has one.
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Postby cooter » Wed Jun 28, 2006 7:16 pm

I shoot a Briley's Cylinder Bore for shooting close. This opens up as quick as possible, and allows me to the 2nd shot a little quicker.

Then a Brileys LM for the longer shots. LM is a little tighter than Mod. It works real good for me. I just keep the 1 I'm not using in the shell holder on my waders. This allows me to make a change on the spot, and only use these 2 for Waterfowl.

I shoot a reloaded shell for all waterfowl. 3 1/2" - #5's - 1 3/8oz - 1550fps. cooter
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Postby Smackaduck » Wed Jun 28, 2006 8:54 pm

cooter wrote:I shoot a reloaded shell for all waterfowl. 3 1/2" - #5's - 1 3/8oz - 1550fps. cooter


I like the sounds of that.
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Postby steelcommander » Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:33 pm

cooter, where did you find the recipe for that load?
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Postby Jim Broadbridge » Thu Jun 29, 2006 7:16 am

3" # 4's with improved or mod. will do a fine job on woody's and mallards out to 35 yards. As far as cripples go I like useing #6 shot. Most of the time you are planning on a head shot for a cripple on the water, it's usually the only vital area exposed and a # 6 in the head is as deadly as a bb, but you have a far greater percentage of a hit with at least double the pellot count. Turkey hunters use #6 shot for the same reason. :smile:
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Postby thaner » Thu Jun 29, 2006 9:38 am

For what it sounds like you are doing I would go with the #4 fast steel. If you are in close areas under 25 yd. you may want to consider a skeet choke, but only patterning will tell. Most of the time I find IC to work just fine for general shooting over decoys.
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Postby sigep538 » Thu Jun 29, 2006 10:31 am

Thanks guys i feel more confident about my choke choice ill prolly use the new steel mod for most of my work and the steel full if im in the open, say lakeside areas.
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Postby cooter » Thu Jun 29, 2006 2:56 pm

steelcommander wrote:cooter, where did you find the recipe for that load?


I use the (R.S.I. Steel Shot Reloaders Handbook). I have about 5 Vols. I not sure of just which one I got it from, but I have been using it for about 4-5 years now. cooter
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Postby Citori12 » Fri Jun 30, 2006 8:42 am

In timber I would opt for the #4's. Unless the weather gets very cold the 4's at 1500fps will do em good out to about 45 yards which is going to be a really long shot in timber. I would also suggest cylinder, skeet or imp cyl chokes over decoys. I have had great sucess with open chokes and speedy steel loads. The 1 1/8 oz load in 2 3/4" and 3" offereing offer plenty of pattern.
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Postby Sagebrush » Sun Jul 02, 2006 10:19 pm

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Duck in timber is just like deer in timber.

A 30/30 is great, you don't need a 7 Mag !!

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