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what shot?

Postby RPr » Wed Aug 15, 2007 1:19 pm

I am going to try my hand at duck and goose hunting this year.

There seems to be a large number of waterfowl shotshells and several materials to choose from. My intial preferance is for Bismuth but I would like to know what the collective wisdom is.

My gun is 12 ga. It is new and will handle steel, it has screw in chokes and three inch chambers. I expect shooting to be 35 yards or less.

What size shot for goose?
What size shot for duck?
What are the advantages of the various shot materials?

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Postby davecz » Wed Aug 15, 2007 1:48 pm

I like to shoot 2's in steel for ducks 4's in hevi shot for ducks and BB for geese both steel and hevi
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Postby hunter385 » Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:18 pm

I usually shoot steel 3" 4's for ducks and BB for geese, 4's are a little light sometimes for mallards. But if you take their heads off they work just fine. I have used about all the non toxic, my favorite being bismuth, but being as i like to throw a fair amount of wasted shot around the air, it became a little pricy shooting it. I just stick to steel, i am familiar with it and i know how my gun patterns with it. If you are new I would say experiment with different shot, see which one you like, all i know is i missed as many birds with the pricy stuff as easy as i did with steel.
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Postby hoosier dhr » Wed Aug 15, 2007 6:07 pm

Pattern your gun at about 30-40 yards with different size shot on cardboard and see witch one has the most pellets in like a 20 inch circle.

Otherwise i like to shoot 3 1/2 inch #1 shot kent fasteel for both ducks and geese, but like the others say 2's are ok ive even used #3's or #4's early in the season for ducks and Last Sept. 4th I used 3inch #2's and shot 5 geese , they decoyed very well that day.
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Postby rtbdrake » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:08 pm

t 's shoot T 's only !!!!!
If you shoot it you should eat it !!!!
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Postby chicobrownbear » Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:36 pm

Steel #2's will kill anything that is in range.
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Postby maestro402 » Thu Aug 16, 2007 1:19 pm

I shoot 3.5" #2 most of the time b/c during regular season you never know when a goose might wonder through :-)
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Postby msummers » Fri Aug 17, 2007 4:19 pm

Check out the last edition of Wildfowl: Equipment Edition. It has a good, detailed article on all the new types of shot. Worth looking at. Walmart should still have a few issues.
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Postby mmalino » Sat Aug 18, 2007 8:10 am

Kent Fasteel 3' #2's for ducks, mostly just 3.5' BB's if im hunting strictly geese... but 2's do a number on geese too :thumbsup:
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Postby msummers » Sat Aug 18, 2007 7:57 pm

What's this Kent Faststeel like? I've never tried any Kent product. Is it expensive? Is it better than the major brands like Remington's Wingmaster HD? I read an article that reports Faststeel shoots 1600 f.p.s.!!!
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Postby hoosier dhr » Sat Aug 18, 2007 8:26 pm

Kent fasteel is regular steel shot, u can get it in speeds from 1300 to 1625. Of course the higher the speed the fewer the shot pellets.

I like the 3" 1 1/4 1425 and 3.5" 1 3/8 1550

They say the difference is in the propelent they use (gun powder) and they say they have premium steel.

I dont know about all that but i like the finished product.

Its about $15 a box, but ive heard all ammo is supposed to go up soon.
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Postby headless » Sun Aug 19, 2007 5:46 am

Heavy-steelis a few notches above steel its plated non-toxic I beleive it only comes in 3in. 4,2,BB 1 1/8oz.has speed and penetration at decoying birds.
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Postby supr87gt » Mon Aug 20, 2007 6:25 pm

Winchester Xpert 3.5 #2's for ducks
Winchester Supremes or Fed. Premium BB's for geese

Steel's all I've used.
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Postby hankyorke » Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:45 pm

Sportsmans in Lafyette has Kent 3" 12 ga. for 12.50... I shoot 1's at 1560 fps
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