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Old November 1, 2011, 01:20 PM   #1
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3 inch mag loads for geese?

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?
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Old November 1, 2011, 02:18 PM   #2
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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.
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Old November 1, 2011, 02:29 PM   #3
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I have found the #2 works well with the 3 inch.
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Old November 1, 2011, 02:55 PM   #4
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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.
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Old November 3, 2011, 07:33 PM   #5
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The best load I've found so far, Hevishot 2s. Works better than lead....
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Old November 3, 2011, 07:56 PM   #6
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Used this last year in south Jersey:

Crushed Brant and geese.
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