SHOT SIZE FOR DUCKS & GEESE

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SHOT SIZE FOR DUCKS & GEESE

Postby CALLEMQUACKTN » Sat Mar 19, 2005 7:18 am

I was just wondering what size shot yall use for ducks & geese. I use T's for geese & BB"S for ducks. I shoot a modified choke. :smile:
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Postby likesbigspreads » Sat Mar 19, 2005 8:00 am

#3 steel with a improved cylinder, for both ducks and geese, kills em' dead if ya hit em'
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Postby quackkiller » Sat Mar 19, 2005 8:43 pm

I used to use BB's on ducks and geese but after switching to 2 & 4's I have been able to kill more ducks and geese. I use a modified choke. The lighter stuff can be just as deadly as the heavy loads if you hit em right.
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Postby CALLEMQUACKTN » Mon Mar 21, 2005 9:14 am

I think i'm going to change to shoting 2 & 4's this next year to. I was just going with what i had always been told about steel being to light. I hunt mostly on the DUCK RIVER were shots are @ 30 yards or less. THANKS :smile:
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Postby mirage1 » Mon Mar 21, 2005 1:28 pm

I shoot 3's in the top barrel in IC & a 4 in the bottom with mod for ducks in my 12 & geese I use 2's & bb in my 10
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Postby frazier2209 » Tue Mar 22, 2005 7:12 pm

where is the duck rvr? or is that just a term given by the locals?
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Postby quackkiller » Tue Mar 22, 2005 10:29 pm

I've heard of Duck river. Not sure where it is though.
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Postby CALLEMQUACKTN » Thu Mar 24, 2005 8:53 am

The part of the Duck river that I hunt is in Normandy which is the town I live out side of. all we have is a gas station, post office,& the railroad crossing. The dam that is on the Duck river outside of Normandy is what makes Normandy lake. I hunt the lower part of the duck river. I know part of the river goes through Manchester. It ends in the Tennessee River in the NWR.
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Postby duckdoctor » Tue Dec 20, 2005 9:19 pm

i like to use 2 and 4 shot with a full choke,knocks em dead every time :thumbsup:
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Postby SLIM » Wed Dec 21, 2005 12:21 am

duckdoctor wrote:i like to use 2 and 4 shot with a full choke,knocks em dead every time :thumbsup:


Full choke on ducks? Are you shooting them at long distances?
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Postby Leadslinger » Wed Dec 21, 2005 12:27 pm

I use 1 or BB for ducks, mod choke. I am going to start shooting a full choke because I am tired of chasing cripples. I wish I could afford Hevi Shot.
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Postby openwaterhunter2 » Wed Dec 21, 2005 8:21 pm

I used to shoot BBs at ducks and T at geese but since I went to hevi shot. #2 has been smacking em HARD. On my Beretta choke it says full/steel-mod/lead so I would say I have a inbetween mod and full choke. I nocked down a mallard today at 50 yards (my third shot) and took a goose at 30 on my first shot. No follow ups needed. If the operater (ME)can get the BBs to the birds the #2 will do the trick.
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Postby duckdoctor » Mon Jan 02, 2006 12:46 pm

not all of my shots are long range i just preffer a full choke for the knock down power i rarely have to chase cripples with a full choke.
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Postby Skye Bustin' » Fri Dec 26, 2008 10:21 pm

this is going to be a huge FNG question but here goes...Which #shot has the best knock-down power for ducks? BB, #4? I feel stupid but this is my first real season for hunting ducks...
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Postby cuppedup50 » Sat Dec 27, 2008 4:33 pm

i have always shot #2 shot at ducks and have had good results so i will continue that tradition. its a good all around shot #.
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Postby TennesseeNW » Sat Dec 27, 2008 5:57 pm

3 1/2 #2's and 3 inch #1's for everything. We dont go "goose" hunting but will shoot em if they get the least bit too close.
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Postby Lundy » Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:48 am

3" or 3 1/2" Number 2's 1 1/4 Kills both ducks and geese. Best all around I think for Waterfowl. If you have questions of what to shoot, pattern several different sizes and makers. You'll be suprised to see how different they shoot.
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Postby Uncle Jesse » Tue Dec 30, 2008 5:49 am

I agree with duckdoctor on the full choke. I use a full with steel also. I really like the winchester xpert #2's which is actually 2's and 3's with a few 4's.

CALLEMQUACKTN, I don't live too far from you and I'm also a river hunter and I've hunted the same stretch of river you're talking about, I think. I've hunted some just above cortner mill. To me those xperts are perfect and would probably work great with a more open choke, but I'm partial to the full. I also used to be a big shot shooter. But since I don't get into geese much anymore I use 2 or 3 shot for ducks. I've tried 4's some but they just don't seem to have enough "lead in their britches".
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Postby mollyworker » Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:23 pm

Leadslinger wrote:I use 1 or BB for ducks, mod choke. I am going to start shooting a full choke because I am tired of chasing cripples. I wish I could afford Hevi Shot.

Shoot them at 40 yrds orless and you'll have no problem!
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Postby KwackSmacker08 » Thu Jan 01, 2009 10:50 am

i use anywhere from a 2 to 4 shot on ducks and bb for the honkers i use a mod choke for ducks and full for geese
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Postby duckdestroyer89 » Sun Jan 04, 2009 4:10 pm

Has any one tried that Blackcloud from federal? Its pretty mean stuff. I dishragged a goose at fortyor so going away. Granted i was shooting 3.5 BB full choke but I think he was dead before the pellets got through his feathers :wink: and im told that it patterns better with a modified or improved but i lost mine to the dark depths of the lake one morning. it is a little pricey at 31 abox for 3.5
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Postby CALLEMQUACKTN » Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:14 am

Dang this one got pulled it from the bottom!!

I have since changed to #2's for ducks & geese & have killed alot more ducks since then.
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