Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

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Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby Rob63 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:05 pm

Guys,

What is your favorite go to shotgun load for all purpose?

Do any of you load your shotgun with each shell being different like 4, 3, BB?

I seem to see a variety of ducks from small to large. I also can stand in front of the ammo section for 20-40minutes trying to decide what to go with. I have read great things about Kent and Blind Side.

Your Thoughts

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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby Boatman » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:23 pm

It depends on the situation. Range and size of birds. I know some guys that use 3 1/2 BB for nearly everthing. Personally sm creek wood ducks 2 3/4 #4 Big water big ducks 3" #4 All geese 3 1/2 BB and it depends how well the ducks/geese are decoying. Also 1st shot 3" #4 2nd and 3rd shot 3 1/2 BB
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby smkndux » Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:38 am

Boatman wrote:It depends on the situation. Range and size of birds. I know some guys that use 3 1/2 BB for nearly everthing.


:thumbsup: That be me. I want em dead, not crippled. How many times have ya been chasing a cripple, only to have more birds commit to your spread. I hate that. Them big fat mallards can be tough birds sometimes. I've shot some that I swear were wearing kevlar.
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby erp10 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:43 am

Kent 3 1/2" #1 - 1 9/16 ounce shot I prefer the heavy payload to speed for the biigger water. #2 3" for small creeks.
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby pabowhunter171 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:20 pm

Kent #2s... Everything from geese, brant, mallards, to buffs... :beer:
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby PA Waterfowler » Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:56 pm

Early season ducks- 3" #4 Hevi-Metal
Early season geese 3" or 3 1/2" BB Hevi-Metal

Mid season ducks- 3" #2 Hevi-Metal
Mid season geese- 3" or 3 1/2" BB Hevi-Metal
Mid season combo-3" or 3 1/2" (2 #2's followed by 1 BB) Hevi-Metal

Late season ducks- 3" #2 Hevi-Metal
Late season geese- 3" or 3 1/2" BBB Hevi-Metal
Late season combo-3" or 3 1/2" (1 #2 followed by 2 BB's) Hevi-Metal

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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby bassmaster624 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:24 pm

10 ga 1.5 oz of 2's.that is all i ever shot then steel powder came out and i got away from 2's.45 to 50 yards knocks them dead.
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby Rob63 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:24 pm

I agree! My hunting buddy seems to always cripple them and man chasing them I'm a kayak can be a work out and costly with ammo... But makes for a shooting banaza! :lol:
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby Rob63 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:26 pm

Bass master your mount in your avatar is awesome !!!
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby esutter » Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:45 pm

Winchester XPert 3" #4's on all ducks, 3/5" BB's on Geese.
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby bassmaster624 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:00 am

Thank you Rob
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby duckpond88 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:15 am

I took a two day trip to the bay over the weekend and took with a bunch off diff shells black cloud , hypersonic , blind side , hevi metal, kent,royal, win expert and I'm my experience. I will never shoot blind side of win expert or hyper sonic again the win expert were just very very dirty I looked like I would fill my barrel with dirt and shoot it out. All kinds of junk would come out of my barrel and the blind side was just really slow and did not have the nock down power, the hyper sonics just kicked to much The hevi metal was good just to costly, I was really impressed with the black cloud 3 inch #3 That's my new shell of choice great knock down power at long range love that stuff now. And the royal and kent did about the same. That's the stuff I'll use when I'm hunting on my own and not paying for a hunt and the royal is only 130 a case for 3 and half
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby Rob63 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:30 am

The heavy metal is crazy expensive. Gun shop was pushing it hard I walked out hit cabelas and grabbed some kent.
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby don taylor » Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:44 am

I use 1.5 oz #3's doing 1450 in my 10 ga for early season. It's not the ideal goose load, but it gets the job done inside 50. The pellet count with #3's is much higher than #2's. Multiple pellet strikes is what kills birds. If you think about it, a cripple is nothing more than a bird that received enough pellet strikes to knock it down, but not enough to kill it. Make the pattern denser, the job will more likely be done.

Once late season rolls around, I love winchester supreme BB's. They pattern well and take large ducks or geese out at whatever distance my choke is geared for. They're clean in my semi and pattern very well.
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby duckpond88 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:53 am

True but also one good placement of one bb can kill a bird. But like u said the more the better just as long as they are big enought to do some damage. This was the first time I used black cloud and royal and that's all I'm going to use anymore. The black is moving at 1635 and the royal is moving at 1550.
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby don taylor » Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:05 am

A pellet only has to be doing 600 fps to penetrate the vitals IMO, having it going 1000 fps at 40 yards offers no advantage to more pellets striking at 600 fps. Look at the payload weight of fast shells and do the math. You can get a 30% increase in payload by shaving off a couple hundred feet per second.

I, personally, call a single BB strike a 'golden pellet'. Golden pellets cripple far more than they takke cleanly and many birds that take a single BB fly off to die elsewhere.
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby Wobbling Wings Waterfowling » Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:27 am

For early season when the smaller ducks are around such as woodies and teal i use 3'' number 4's. And as season goes on and the bigger ducks start to show i will use 3" 'number 2's. And for Canadas i always use 3" BB. And for Snows BB, 1's, or 2s in 3". As far as brands go i like Hevi Metal the best if i have the money for it but if not il just shoot Kents or Remington Sportsmans.
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby duckpond88 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:52 pm

I would rather have 1000fps over 600. At longer ranges that more fps is gonna help that bb hold more energy and know down power compared to a slower bb. For example a 22 and 17 hmr 22 shoots heavier grain bullet but it shoots slower than a 17 that smaller 17 hold more ken energy at a 100 yards than that 22. Sorry if im getting off the subject I just like having debates
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby tsaylor1979 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:03 pm

Kent 3.5" two shot.
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby duckpond88 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:27 pm

There is no proven facts that one brand of shell does better than onthers it's all an opinion
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby don taylor » Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:36 pm

Why would you trade what is useless, over penetration, for increased pellet strikes of adequate penetration?

Using your logic, T shot would be ideal. Over penetration and speed retention is what you like over pattern density..

When you hit a duck at 40 yards with a pellet doing 600 fps, you can reach the vitals. An extra 400 fps does nothing to help, wher an additional pellet doing 600 would. Exit wounds arent nearly as deadly as a second pellet strike to the vitals.
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby Rob63 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:38 pm

The 3.5s I like the idea but getting on the second shot after the recoil can take longer for me. I like the idea of a big spread as I agree multiple pops will drop the bird and give you more chances at a vital.

So if you were stuck with one load and brand for the entire season... What's the most versatile?

I'm thinking 3 inch with 3s I'm liking the kent prem steel but I haven't shot yhpthem all. :beer:
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby don novicki » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:43 pm

3" #3 for ducks (12ga), and 3.5 "T" for honkers. Sporting Ammo out of Michigan 1600fps in both loads........... :thumbsup:
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby Rob63 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:12 pm

Tell us more about the sporting ammo from Michigan
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Re: Favorite Shotgun Load for all purpose

Postby duckpond88 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:14 pm

In a perfect duck hunting world every pellet doing 600fps at 40 yards will make it in and kill. But this is not a perfect world and havIng the extra speed to give your more down range energy that will help, so if they made a duck or goose load that only went 600 fps that would be your number one choice? Wat about on those windy days get your self a red Ryder bb gun and go out and try to shoot a can at 40 yards. That get your self a good cross man bb gun that shoots 1400 fps and see Wat does better
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