Looking for experienced replies here. Having been on my first snow goose hunt a few weeks ago, I experienced a frustrating experience which I hope to remedy.
Lots of snows flying over to check out the spread, but not cupping and dropping in. They're avaerage distance was approximately 50-60 yards above us. None came in low enough, ( 40 yards IMO) for clean kill shots. I noticed when my hunting buddy and I were shooting, we were in fact hitting the snows, because you could see the feathers take the shot and see the snows rock and wobble at impact. I am assuming that at that distance our shot was losing a lot of velocity and didn't have enough ft lbs of energy to penetrate and kill.
I constantly see posts where guys are shooting and killing birds(geese) at 50-60+ yards. My patterning experince with my Win SX3 is very good out to 40 yards, then loses it's ability to hold a good pattern. My shells were Black Cloud Snow Goose #2's, 3" 12ga, Kent Fasteel 3", 12ga #2's and Black Cloud 12 ga 3" BB at 1450 fps. Chokes is used were Carlson's BC Chokes in Mid Range and Long Range. Again, real good out to 40 yards, after that, not so favorable.
Are any of you shooting a Win SX3 and getting great results beyond 40 yards? The barrel is back bored, so is that a requirement to seek another choke? I can't imagine that I'm the only guy who has a 12ga that cant kill a goose beyond 40 yards!!! I just purchased Hevi Metal 12ga, 3" #2's at 1500 fps to see how they pattern. Can any of you experienced goose shooters help me with some info that may get my patterns a bit farther, lets say 50+ yards? Thanks