Ned S wrote:My components from Bucks Run got here the afternoon the day the duck season opened back in the '80's. I bought a box of Federal steel 4's to shoot. This shot bounced off the Gadwalls that were here at 30 yds. I did not kill a duck that day but crippled my limit. My two Labs had a ball. They said 1250 fps on the box. Later I learned they were only 1000 fps and slightly less. My friend that was also hunting with me and shooting the same load later checked the velocity.
Also you do not need 130 pellets to kill teal. I kill them with 7/8 oz of 4's with 165 pellets. I shot and killed wood ducks in Iowa with 1 1/4 oz of lead 4's with 169 pellets. I used an IC choke with both loads. I always hunted with Labs also. Will you reloaders that kill teal with 7/8 oz of steel 4's please come forward. Ned S the young 81 yr old.
Hi Ned S,
Let’s assume for argument sake that you’re right, you don’t need 130 or 140 pellets in a 30-inch circle to kill Teal sized game birds. Ok Ned, how many pellets do you need? What sort of pattern density do you need to successfully (cleanly kill) and consistently take Teal sized birds and what do you base this on?
Similarly, given your use of an IC choke in 7/8 ounce loads of 4’s, can you tell me what distance you’re successfully (cleanly killing, NOT wounding/crippling) and consistently taking Teal sized birds? Is it 25, 30, 35, 40 or +40 yards?