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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-12-2018, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Shot Size Question

As I've said in a few previous posts I'm new to waterfowl hunting. My next question is this. With money being a little tight, is there a shot size and load that can be used for both ducks and Canada geese? I can't afford 3 or 4 different loads for different situations. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-12-2018, 09:17 PM
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I use 3 1/2 inch 2 shot for both, works just fine (or as fine as steel shot can I suppose). I like Kent fasteel. It's pretty cheap as far as waterfowl loads go and nice round shiny bbs. Stay away from Winchester xpert. It's really dirty, looks like gravel if you take a shell apart.
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I hunt both over decoys and I gave up playing the shell game after talking to the guys I hunt with in Maryland, they and now I shoot # 2 shot, 3 in Mags for everything, whatever the brand (I prefer Blindside by Winchester), but there's a ton of good stuff out there at a decent price. Do some research on line before you buy to limit your spending and try to find what you think will work for you. Good Luck
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-13-2018, 07:59 AM
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2's are fine if the big birds are close. For geese I always go with BB's.

As for ducks it depends upon species and time of the year. 3's and 4's for early in the year and 3's and 1's later in the year.

Keep an eye out for sales at Rogers sporting goods. They just had a sale on Remington shells, a case was running $80 a case with rebate. Or there normal price for a case of Federals was $120 a case ,free shipping. The prices will run 8-10 bucks a box. A lot cheaper than you can buy at a regular sporting good store.

You need to pattern your gun to find out what shot size patterns the best in your gun.
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+1 on Roger's for the best ammo prices (or many hunting products, for that matter).

I've been shooting 3-1/2" BBB for geese and 3" #2 for ducks. That said, my brother shoots 3" #2 for both ducks and geese, out of a Carlson's XR choke, and doesn't seem to lack for killing power on anything within 40 yards. We also hunt primarily over decoys, so most of our shots are within 25 yards. I'll likely follow that lead when my current case of BBB is out.

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I agree, a 3" or 3 1/2" and #2 shot is a pretty good all around shell
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You need to pattern your gun to find out what shot size patterns the best in your gun.

^^ This is Great advise--!!!!

Take the time to shoot some different loads at paper. Let the results decide which one you'll end up with
I started using 3inch #2 for geese this year because they pattern Way better than BB loads out of my gun
so far this season if their feet were down the #2's did the Job
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I like #1 steel, or #2 HM. Like others have said, rogers is the place to buy ammo.

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I use Winchester High velocity Expert #2 for ducks and BB for geese both in 3"
I kill hundreds of geese every year with them and never had any problems !
I use to use #2 for everything but unless your decoying them to your feet geese can be hard to bring down with them ! I have seen feathers fly from them but they fly away and we sometimes see them drop 500 - 1000 yds away so I quit using them !
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Yep, if money is tight it's hard to beat Federal #2 3" from Rogers.
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