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Old September 4, 2000, 03:14 PM   #1
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I am going to be a new waterfowler this season. But I was wondering what is the most popular shot shell to use for ducks and geese? I will be shooting a Remington 870 express that will shoot up to 3" mags. Any replies would greatly be appreciated. Thanks
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Old September 4, 2000, 04:19 PM   #2
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bner,

I use and 870 also, most reliable gun Ive ever owned. For geese I use 3 inch mag T shot, if I can't get that I'll pick up some BBB. For bigger ducks like mallards use #2 or #3 steel. If you have a separate season for teal, which are a little smaller, try
#4 steel. Happy hunting, let us know how you do.
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Old September 4, 2000, 10:58 PM   #3
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Ditto, except we only use BB's for geese.
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Old September 5, 2000, 10:24 PM   #4
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I have had better luck with the fast loads rather than the slow, heavy loads.
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Old September 5, 2000, 10:48 PM   #5
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If I can help it, I never use steel.
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Old September 6, 2000, 07:37 PM   #6
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ArmySon,

Where do you live? In the US we are forced to use steel.
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Old September 6, 2000, 08:14 PM   #7
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I think that's what he means by "If I can help it"
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Old September 6, 2000, 09:54 PM   #8
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GOTCHA! My fuse must have been burning a little slow on that one.
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Old September 7, 2000, 01:36 AM   #9
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Bner - I like #3 for ducks and #1 or bb for geese and cranes. But I've killed a lot of geese and cranes with #3 steel over decoys. I like to get 'em in close and personal. I've had deadly results with #6 steel over decoys on big ducks. Don't believe any of the old myths about steel shot not being effective. The stuff works great, won't hurt your gun, is cheap compared to bismuth, tungsten etc., and stops killing birds after it lands in the marsh, unlike lead. There's a lethality table for steel shot produced by Tom Roster, usually available at sporting goods stores. This table lists which shot sizes and chokes are effective for various sized birds at varying ranges. Really handy. You should also pattern your shot gun at 30 or 40 yards using a variety of shot sizes and chokes. My Beretta Pintail throws beautiful patterns with #3 through improved cylinder. Every gun is different. Good luck and have a blast.
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Old September 7, 2000, 10:07 PM   #10
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Thanks alot this gives me a lot of good info. Now hopefuly I can use it successfully.
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