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Question by tony167n. Uploaded on August 13, 2009
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
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.
I have used steel #2s and I also use Bismuth #4 and #6 shot whith great results.
Number #3 shot is your best bet in most mallard hunting situations
As long as you use 3" loads you should be doing pretty good,
I used to use reloaded-with-steel 410 shotshells. I dropped em' dead.
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.
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.
I PLAN TO USE A REM11OO 20gaMAG FOR THIS YEARS DUCK OPENER.I WILL HAVE TO GIVE THE 6#BISMUTH A TRY.THANKS!IDDUCKHNTR.
you know its a bit risky after about 30 yards i use a 12 guage.
12 guage is gonna give you a better chance, but you can be successful with a 20 after plenty of practice.
It is perfectly fine to use a 20 gauge. I prefer to. Get BB shot and it will do fine.
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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