View Full Version : 3 inch mag loads for geese?

November 1, 2011, 01:20 PM
I just got a nice used New Haven 600 AT 12 gauge shotgun (it's the old Monkey Ward version ov the Mossberg 500- same gun), and it's been great for small birds- dove and quail. My hunting buddy has a Benelli Nova which can handle the big 3-and-a-half geese loads, but my and can only take up to a 3 inch shell. So does anyone have any 3 inch recommendations for my new gun that might take down a Canadian Goose?

black mamba
November 1, 2011, 02:18 PM
Shooting steel shot, BBs and 1s are good out to about 45 yds, but go with the larger 1-1/4 or 1-3/8 oz. payloads.

The best long range loads for large geese are the Heavy Shot 1-3/8 or 1-1/2 loads in either 2 or 4 shot, but they are mighty pricey.

November 1, 2011, 02:29 PM
I have found the #2 works well with the 3 inch.

November 1, 2011, 02:55 PM
I've killed geese at closer ranges with #2 steel, but only when I was duck hunting and had an unexpected opportunity. If I were specifically going after geese I'd use BB's.

Although more expensve some of the Bismuth and other non-toxic shot works great. Since it is more dense than steel you can go to smaller shot sizes such as #2's and do very well. If I were primarily a duck hunter and only rarely needed something for geese I'd strongly consider this route.

Dave McC
November 3, 2011, 07:33 PM
The best load I've found so far, Hevishot 2s. Works better than lead....

CTA Trainers
November 3, 2011, 07:56 PM
Used this last year in south Jersey:


Crushed Brant and geese.