Well I think you buddy may be misguided. You do NOT want a long shot string, the after market chokes are shortening the shot strings. Long shot string = less pellets hitting the target. 2nd is the 1 3/8 loads in a 2.75 or 3" are sub HV loads--meaning the old style velocity of under 1450 fps, granted they work to 35 yds of so on geese-but there will be too many cripples beyond that. That is why HV loads are being used now a days, the penetration is much better at longer ranges. But I suspect the VHV have blown patterns based on past result of handloads, basically those over 1550fps. I think the happy medium is a HV of 1450 to 1500fps for a steel shot shell load, regardless of shell length.
Heck I have shot many a 12lb goose with 3" #3 shot, 1 1/8 oz at 1475fps over the decoys. But for longer shots I prefer bb or bbb in a 3.5" The reason for the #3 is for ducks that come in. But a happy medium for both ducks and geese(to mid range-eg 55yds) would be #2 shot .
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