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Question by pascal. Uploaded on May 15, 2009
The difference is that the larger the number the more bbs it has in it and the smaller the bbs are. With small numbers like #6 the are less bbs and they are bigger.
The higher the number- the smaller the shot size. You should not use anything smaller than 6 for ducks. I use 4 and larger just due to the fact that I might see a goose if their in season as well.
I'm even not sure if I have even seen 7.5 and 8 in steel?
Yep, everybodys right. I use 4's in a 12ga. but I shoot flooded timber.
Like they all say... don't use any of these size 6 and smaller shot types. They are way to small to penetrate something as tough as a duck. They also slow down way too fast to get any range. Use at least size 4 steel shot, even larger if you need to shoot at longer distances.
I agree w/ matous3, good luck hunting!
I hunt in a rie field and I use #1 to #4 shot in 12 gauge.
I would use nothing more than a #5 shot but a #4 shot would be ideal for ducks.
If you are shooting steel for big ducks and geese we use #2 most of the time in Kansas. I'v even used 2's on pheasants where NT shot is required. With a 20 you are handicapped by low shot volume and probably should go with #4. Just don't take long shots. On the goose line at Cheyenne Bottoms for pass shooting BBB,BB and T shot is the name of the game (10 and 12 ga. only). They do make #7 steel and I have shot doves with it. Compared to lead it sucks.
Difference? Size. Duck Huntability? None of those sizes (with the rare exception of high density 6 shot) should be used for ducks. For Ducks, I use 3" or 3.5" BB-2 shot, depending on what I'm doing and if Geese are a possibility.
I would recommend #2-#6; depending on what size of duck you are hunting.
You shouldn't even use a 20 ga for ducks...you need a 12.
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