One load: from Wood Ducks to Canada Geese

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Re: One load: from Wood Ducks to Canada Geese

Postby AppalachianHollers » Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:27 pm

Well as an update it turns out I’m pass shooting local Canadas a good bit with 1550 BB loads. Had a bit of success during our October goose season. I’ve been ruined forever. Don’t hardly care about deer hunting anymore. I’m a waterfowl and turkey hunter first and foremost. Best part is most of my hunting buddies feel the same way now.

Duck opener is the day after Thanksgiving, and I’ve stocked up with some 1450fps 1 1/4 #2s—picked up Herter’s, Federal SpeedShok, and some Winchester XPert (as well as a box of #6, but I’ll save that for next woodie/teal season next September). Should hopefully be able to kill woodies even out to 50 yards. Best spots we’ve scouted will present shots way closer, but depending on what hunting pressure is like we might have to get mobile and move to spots where we’re stretching range.
Still running a factory Modified. Better chokes are a priority, but not as high up there as getting a blind bag and some more decoys (including water motion). Probably going to put together a DIY blind out of PVC for later in the season as vegetation disappears.


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Re: One load: from Wood Ducks to Canada Geese

Postby AppalachianHollers » Sat Nov 28, 2020 8:13 pm

Well, after being covered in Woodies this morning (TN opener), I have come to the conclusion that #2 shot ain’t ideal for them. Sparse patterns for such a small target, big holes in the ones we did hit. Going to switch to #4’s until bigger ducks show up, at which point the bigger target will justify going back to #2s.


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Re: One load: from Wood Ducks to Canada Geese

Postby Dep6 » Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:32 am

Definitely would shoot 4's at Woodies!!
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Re: One load: from Wood Ducks to Canada Geese

Postby AppalachianHollers » Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:22 pm

Ended up not finding #4’s online at the time, but had good success with #3’s on woodies. Found that when river hunting (where I’m not likely to see woodies) I’m better off just running BBs or #2s. Don’t have as much confidence switching loads in the open when geese spring up off the opposite bank and head straight for you. Divers are liable to be farther away; the wind is fiercer.


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Re: One load: from Wood Ducks to Canada Geese

Postby Woodiewhacker82 » Sat Feb 06, 2021 11:19 pm

#6 lead will handle them all.
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Re: One load: from Wood Ducks to Canada Geese

Postby Tim Terrell » Thu Feb 11, 2021 11:22 am

AppalachianHollers wrote:Well, after being covered in Woodies this morning (TN opener), I have come to the conclusion that #2 shot ain’t ideal for them. Sparse patterns for such a small target, big holes in the ones we did hit. Going to switch to #4’s until bigger ducks show up, at which point the bigger target will justify going back to #2s.


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I'll guess you were shooting a Benelli or Beretta and using the factory MOD choke. My Italian guns and MOD choke hate #2 shot and the pattern board confirms it. Now if you pattern #3 shot it's a completely different story...
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Re: One load: from Wood Ducks to Canada Geese

Postby AppalachianHollers » Thu Feb 11, 2021 1:18 pm

That’s the funny thing. It’s an overbored Winchester Inv+, but #2s weren’t working in the factory choke. Toward the end the season I bought the Carlson’s 3-choke set.

Killed a woodie in timber with the close range IC choke using Federal #3’s and was happy with the result. On open water I missed a bufflehead flying away at 35 yards using #2s and the medium range choke, even though I saw the pattern on the water was about perfectly placed. But them dudes are tiny. Smaller than woodies, it seems. Oh well, you either hit them or you don’t.

When I pattern turkey loads I’ll also pattern my #2’s and #3’s and BB’s on paper with the new chokes.


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Re: One load: from Wood Ducks to Canada Geese

Postby Tim Terrell » Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:24 pm

Buffies like to fly fast in packs about 5 feet off the water LOL.
Goldeneyes sure are tough little buggers...
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Re: One load: from Wood Ducks to Canada Geese

Postby mudpack » Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:25 pm

Rather than buying a case of one load, buy a couple of boxes of 3's and a couple of boxes of BB's for each of you.
There's no reason to limit yourself to one load for everything.
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Re: One load: from Wood Ducks to Canada Geese

Postby Elvis Kiwi » Mon Mar 08, 2021 1:44 am

over the years we have used a heck of a lot of different loads.....sometimes I think if I chucked them all in a bucket and loaded whatever came to hand it would make no difference...when we miss its 99% of the time because we have cocked up lead,or swing etc.... the monumental misses ,where big fat greenhead slides in at 30 yards,flares straight on and you still miss.....thems the ones your mates NEVER let you forget...even when they miss too....all part of the joys of hunting with good mates... by far the best loads Ive ever used have been steel #3s gamebore in blue hull think they were 1 1/8th definately doing 1550fps
havent seen them to buy for some time now.
will pick up few boxes of something to add to the many left over from last season....got a 3.5" extrema to try out and some 3.5" shells to go with it.....could be interesting season if the geese allow me to get in range.....
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