Jon Bergren wrote:First, there are even patterns where there are a min of 4 pellets or more to bring down a mallard and 5 pellets or more to bring down a goose. I opt for more pellets at the distance I will be shooting. On mallards I generally shoot two 4's then a 3. This year I will be using 3" 1 1/8 oz of 2's for my 3 rd shot on mallards and to take care of an occasional goose. I also have never said that 5 pellets will hit a goose vitals or 4 pellets will hit a mallards vitals. Most reloaders I know opt for more than the minimum pattern when they are waterfowling. I hunted with Labs, the last 20 yrs with two Labs and they took care of the cripples and I never lost one that I knew of.
Please post one of your even patterns. I've shot thousands of patterns in both lead and steel and never once have I seen an even pattern. They always follow a bell curve unless something is wrong and you have a blown pattern. That center weight of these patterns has to be paid for in some manner. That manner is that the outer portion of the pattern suffers. This makes the effective pattern much, much smaller than the standard 30 inches and as a result less useful.
Regarding your opting for more pellets than necessary, why? Your postings indicate that you're convinced that some ridiculously small number of pellets in a 30 inch pattern will consistently drop the intended target (most of your posts advocate about half of what Roster, Burrard and others have published). If you don't feel that you need all those extra pellets, why bother? Or do you really believe that 18 pellets in a 30 inch circle aren't enough to kill a large goose CONSISTANTLY
Hunting with a good retriever is an excellent conservation tool, to be sure. A good dog makes up for poor shot placement and saves a lot of game. However, a good dog should never, (NEVER
, be used as an excuse for poor equipment choice.
You seem to have a good deal of animosity towards Roster, yet, when push comes to shove, now you're telling us that you secretly follow his recommendations!? Either way, if you have data that shows your numbers to be legitimate and Rosters excessive, you should probably look into some sort of a legal challenge. He is, after all, well published, especially among the various state game departments. You'd stand to make quite a bit of money if you can prove your numbers to be correct.