What payload #1 steel for Big geese?

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What payload #1 steel for Big geese?

Postby kenner » Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:32 am

Hi All,
I've read plenty of posts 'bout shooting big Canada geese with everything from, mostly #2's to BB's and some BBB's. And I've read about payloads of 7/8's oz to 1-1/4, in 3", 12ga shells.

I've pretty much settled in on #1's for the first two shots, pass shooting ~ 40-50yds and under, with a third shot of BB's for the going away shot. (We also have many Cacklers here, but whatever will bring down a big goose, will take out a Cackler)

Some are advocating small payloads of faster and heavier pellets, I'm guessing for body shots. Some are advocating denser patterns of smaller pellets, for head/neck/front of goose hits. Some say that more pellets are better than a couple hundred fps.

So, I've taken this all in and settled on the #1 steel, but would like to get some recommendations on payload and reasoning.

Thanks All!.... Ken
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Re: What payload #1 steel for Big geese?

Postby cuppedandkilled » Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:34 pm

I'm hung up on 1 3/8oz 1's. Lots of pellets but not the fastest.
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Re: What payload #1 steel for Big geese?

Postby kenner » Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:54 pm

So, are you getting lots of head-neck hits, or do you get any body penetration on big geese?.. And to what distances?

Thanks!
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Re: What payload #1 steel for Big geese?

Postby noweil » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:42 pm

I shoot #1 steel when we are shooting big geese and mallards together. I like 3" 1 1/4 ounce loads at 1400 fps. However I am shooting birds at half the distance you are talking about. I shoot an improved cylinder choke most the time. I prefer #2 steel for big ducks and feel I have more dead ducks with #2. The 1's knock them down no problem just seem like there are a few more cripples. For just geese I prefer BB's but #1's kill geese fine. I am usually shooting birds in the decoys at much closer distances than you are talking about shooting.
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Re: What payload #1 steel for Big geese?

Postby cuppedandkilled » Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:01 pm

kenner wrote:So, are you getting lots of head-neck hits, or do you get any body penetration on big geese?.. And to what distances?

Thanks!


I prefer head/neck hits but they do not always happen. I've dug pellets out from the offside from the entry wounds, so I'd think penetration isn't an issue. I'd say 20-30 yards average, 50; yards at the most. I'm shooting a Patternmaster well.
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