benelliboomer wrote:I originally bought a box of Winchester #7's steel shot for finishing cripples on the water because they are only 7 bucks a box. But as our wood duck shoot went on. I threw a #7 in and smoked one! needless to say, if you are on the "X" and will have ducks within 20 yards, do not hesitate to use #7's....at least for your first shell!
Give it a shot!
I've cleanly taken ducks (small and large) with 1oz and 1-1/8oz loads of steel #7's inside of 20 yards. I've even seen a few medium sized geese taken by a friend at close range (15-18 yards) with Winchester Xpert 1oz #7's.........he'd accidentally been shooting his swatter loads.
Having said that, all my retrieved ducks had way too many imbedded pellets for what I'd consider to be a decent dinner table quality bird. #6 was also a problem in this respect, great killer of ducks inside of 30 yards, but again too many imbedded pellets.
I'd much prefer to be using #5's as a minimum duck pellet size over typical decoying ranges...............good penetration, does not tear the bird apart and is capable of producing good quality and user friendly patterns in a decent 1oz, 1-1/16oz or 1-1/8oz load at these close distances.