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Can you use a .20 gauge for mallard ducks? If so what shells do you use?

Question by tony167n. Uploaded on August 13, 2009

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from hunterboy56 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

I have before. I used #2 steel shot. Worked fine at around 20yrds. If they get much farther out than that though, i prefer a 12 gauge

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Yes, Some of the 3 inch 20 gauge stuff is just a potent as a 12 Gauge round. Provided your shotgun has 3 inch chambers of course. For decoyed birds you'll be fine with #4 steel. For pass shooting #2 or #3 would be better. There are also heavy shot and other non toxic loads out there.

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from idduckhntr wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

I have used steel #2s and I also use Bismuth #4 and #6 shot whith great results.

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from mcdlacrosse9 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Number #3 shot is your best bet in most mallard hunting situations

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

As long as you use 3" loads you should be doing pretty good,

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from meagel wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

I used to use reloaded-with-steel 410 shotshells. I dropped em' dead.

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from meagel wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

I'll call the bull-- flag on this one. Nontoxic #6 shot in 2 3/4 shells out of a 20 gauge shell are fine. I have killed unprecedented numbers of ducks with this. I also use #4s. Do you think a duck cares if you shoot it with 4s,5s, or 6s? When I used the .410, though, most of the woodies and others were on the water. That is the most effective way for a then-seven year old to do it.

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

When my kid was about 12 or so he shot a truck load of mallards with his Benelli 20 ga with #2s &/or #4s. He also killed a limit of Canadians one day, called in for close shots over dekes.

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from JOHN ANDERSON wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

I PLAN TO USE A REM11OO 20gaMAG FOR THIS YEARS DUCK OPENER.I WILL HAVE TO GIVE THE 6#BISMUTH A TRY.THANKS!IDDUCKHNTR.

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from ohiohunter wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

you know its a bit risky after about 30 yards i use a 12 guage.

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from RobinHood wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

12 guage is gonna give you a better chance, but you can be successful with a 20 after plenty of practice.

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from jordjohn44 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

It is perfectly fine to use a 20 gauge. I prefer to. Get BB shot and it will do fine.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Experience speaking here. I had been scouting an area, and spooked a pair of Mallards off the roost, and they headed upriver. My eighboe bagged them both with a Stevens 311 SXS with #4 20 gauge max loads.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Yes, Some of the 3 inch 20 gauge stuff is just a potent as a 12 Gauge round. Provided your shotgun has 3 inch chambers of course. For decoyed birds you'll be fine with #4 steel. For pass shooting #2 or #3 would be better. There are also heavy shot and other non toxic loads out there.

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from meagel wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

I used to use reloaded-with-steel 410 shotshells. I dropped em' dead.

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from idduckhntr wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

I have used steel #2s and I also use Bismuth #4 and #6 shot whith great results.

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from meagel wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

I'll call the bull-- flag on this one. Nontoxic #6 shot in 2 3/4 shells out of a 20 gauge shell are fine. I have killed unprecedented numbers of ducks with this. I also use #4s. Do you think a duck cares if you shoot it with 4s,5s, or 6s? When I used the .410, though, most of the woodies and others were on the water. That is the most effective way for a then-seven year old to do it.

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

When my kid was about 12 or so he shot a truck load of mallards with his Benelli 20 ga with #2s &/or #4s. He also killed a limit of Canadians one day, called in for close shots over dekes.

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from hunterboy56 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

I have before. I used #2 steel shot. Worked fine at around 20yrds. If they get much farther out than that though, i prefer a 12 gauge

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from mcdlacrosse9 wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Number #3 shot is your best bet in most mallard hunting situations

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

As long as you use 3" loads you should be doing pretty good,

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from JOHN ANDERSON wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

I PLAN TO USE A REM11OO 20gaMAG FOR THIS YEARS DUCK OPENER.I WILL HAVE TO GIVE THE 6#BISMUTH A TRY.THANKS!IDDUCKHNTR.

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from jordjohn44 wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

It is perfectly fine to use a 20 gauge. I prefer to. Get BB shot and it will do fine.

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from ohiohunter wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

you know its a bit risky after about 30 yards i use a 12 guage.

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from RobinHood wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

12 guage is gonna give you a better chance, but you can be successful with a 20 after plenty of practice.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Experience speaking here. I had been scouting an area, and spooked a pair of Mallards off the roost, and they headed upriver. My eighboe bagged them both with a Stevens 311 SXS with #4 20 gauge max loads.

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