I'm set on getting a semi shotgun. Either a Beretta A300 or Winchester SX3 3.5.
I plan to shoot Kent 3" 2's for ducks if it patterns well.
You do not need a 3 1/2 inch gun or load to kill any goose in the world. The fact is that it is doubtful as to whether the long 12 is of any advantage at all.
Ukcatshunter wrote:Well the 3" load be effective? I figure I may need to bump up to BBB or BB and look into maybe a Heavy Metal type load?
From reading on here the Kents are close to the Blind Side Black Cloud etc without shelling out the extra $.
But for geese it may be worth it etc.
You do not need Hevi anything, it's mostly a means of getting dollars out of your wallet and into the hands of EMI. You also do not want anything at all to do with any of the other gimmick loads on the market. Among them Blind Side, Hypersonics and Black Cloud. There is simply no need to shell out the extra dollars for projectiles that are actually counter productive (disclaimer, the HyperSonics use standard round steel). The guns you listed are more than capable of killing large canadas out to 50 yards and probably a little beyond, with standard round steel loads of #1 through BB in 1 1/4oz loadings at 1400fps. Were I you, I'd start by patterning #1, Bs and BBs at 30 to 55 yards in 5 yard increments. I would begin with a factory modified choke and try the Kents, Winchester Dryloks and Remington Nitro Steel. You may also want to look at the Federal Speed Shok line, which tends to be a good bit less expensive yet very effective.
The last part of the equation is whether or not you can consistently (7 out of 10) hit crossing targets at 55 yards. If you can't, find out if you can at 50, then 45 and 40. Wherever that occurs should be your maximum shooting distance.