NV Guide wrote:Your load will work fine, we are using less than that in 28ga and 410 bore.
A slingshot with 5 pellets would do fine also, if you pull the rubbers hard enough and hit them with a pellet. But I still have the same question. Why would someone shoot a under load or ga at game ? ? ?
I don't think it is a matter of will it kill the birds. The answer is Yes. But I just think these things are more of a matter of why increasse your odds of crippling ducks or not even know you hit them, where they just fly off and die. Shooting ducks or geese with heavy down feathers, with a small load and small shotgun, just doesn't make since. Unless you are not able to shoot the larger guns. My wife shoots a SBE, but I cut the round she shoots, because she just doesn't like to get rocked back.
I mean, hunting Ducks & Geese with a 28ga, or 410, or with a small load just doesn't seem to have a reason, unless there is a physical problem. If you are looking to show your shooting skills, then do it where it can be appreciated, in some sort of shooting competition.
All of this get down to a personal call for each hunter. But I do know one thing. If grizzly Bears come decoying in, you wouldn't be shooting him with a 28ga, or 410, or with a small load. Mainly because it could be your @$$, if you weren't dead on. But with Ducks and geese, if you are not dead on, you don't even know if birds are flying off and dying later.
I'm an old man, and don't believe in shooting passing birds, and everything I do shoot is decoying up close and personal. I do think that I could shoot a lesser shell than I do for the most part. But it is all about the questionable shot that we take every now and then. Some days they just ain't working like they normally do. But I doubt that we are carrying a couple guns or different loads for different distances. So you end up just doing the best you can. So I rather be a little over loaded up close, than to be under loaded at a farther distance.
It all gets down to a personal opinion and perfernce. But I'll bet you wouldn't go Grizzly Hunting with a 22cal. So I believe that the ducks deserve the same respect. Just my personal opinion. cooter
BTW: I shoot #5's at the ducks, but in a 12ga - 1 3/8oz load. I don't really pay a lot of attention to a 1oz recipe, but I THINK, I have recipes that will run 1oz loads at about 1700fps. I think that is too fast, but getting it up to 1550-1600fps would be good if your going to shoot 1oz loads. Might as well get something that will benefit ya.