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For 3 inch shells, what is the best shot size for geese.

Question by hunt and fish. Uploaded on September 18, 2010

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from bucksNducks wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

i personally shoot BB or 4 shot and i knock them down pretty good

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from idduckhntr wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

I would go with a #2 or #1s.

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from machinegunner wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

I prefer bb, or even T, in 3 inch, I tried the xpert from winchester, great shot.

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from Dbetzner wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

I shoot BB at geese #2 at Duck, best of luck to you!

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from BioGuy wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

BB or #2s

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from goosebuster wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

bbb t bb 1s

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from blackdawgz wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Ah ain't knockin' ennybody else.

But I use #4 Hevi-shot.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

BB and BBB in steel shot. In Hevi-shot or equivalent, 2 thru 4's.

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Watch the discourse!
If you're shooting geese over decoys, use No. 6's. If you're pass shooting geese, be very selective with your shots and you will have great success with 7 1/2's or 8's.
Pattern density kills, not necessarily shot size!

Bubba

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from Del in KS wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

I've used BB and BBB in steel and 2's in heavy shot with good results. smaller shot might kill the bird but you'll be lucky not to break a tooth on a pellet when you eat that bird. Larger shot especially heavy shot tend to pass thru better and result in fewer pellets to bite on.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Bubba

Are you smoking something? 6s, 7 1/2s and 8s for geese? We're not talking quail here. Even with the "heavy shot" lead substitutes, 4s is about as small as it should get for geese.

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from uplander12 wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

steel 8's would bounce off a goose.

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

WAM
I knew I'd stir up a hornet's nest with my reply, and I'm really not trying.
I had problems when I was younger knocking ducks down with HV 4's. Remington came out with their "NitroMag" ammo in the late 70's. It was a 2 3/4" HV with some sort of buffering powder loaded in the shot column. I even stepped up to these even though they were $4 a box. (late 70's) The ducks still wouldn't fall and I could hear the shot hitting them. Almost like throwing a hand full of shot in a pile of aluminum cans.
Talked to my dad about it. His advice?
High velocity 8's and 9's. I was scoffed at by my hunting buddies, but I began consistently killing more birds with fewer shots than they did! One or two of them saw the light and came over. One real hard headed guy just couldn't buy the theory. Last time I hunted with him, he still couldn't figure out how he could beat me every time at trap, but couldn't kill more ducks.
Pattern density kills, NOT shot size!
I challenge each and every skeptic, "JUST ONCE, TRY IT!"

Bubba

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Nobody uses shot that small for geese. We were talking geese here, not ducks. Nobody sells non-toxic shot that small. Wake up and pay attention. This is 2010, not 1979....

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from Wade Neubauer wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Ive used T, BBB, BB and if they hit a vital, the head or a wing your in the clear but the problem is with such large pellets you have much fewer to actually hit the bird due to large holes in your pattern. I found 2 shot to be the best mix of shot size and pellet count. the easiest way to bring down a bird is the break a wing which smaller shot sizes can do, but to play the odds isn't a safe or ethical way to hunt. the number 2 shot size will have enough energy to punch through the feathers and meat and actually take down the goose

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from vork23 wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

WA Mtnhunter wincheter sell steel in 7 for 12 guage.

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from Del in KS wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

I've used BB and BBB in steel and 2's in heavy shot with good results. smaller shot might kill the bird but you'll be lucky not to break a tooth on a pellet when you eat that bird. Larger shot especially heavy shot tend to pass thru better and result in fewer pellets to bite on.

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from blackdawgz wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Ah ain't knockin' ennybody else.

But I use #4 Hevi-shot.

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from bucksNducks wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

i personally shoot BB or 4 shot and i knock them down pretty good

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from idduckhntr wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

I would go with a #2 or #1s.

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from machinegunner wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

I prefer bb, or even T, in 3 inch, I tried the xpert from winchester, great shot.

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from Dbetzner wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

I shoot BB at geese #2 at Duck, best of luck to you!

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from BioGuy wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

BB or #2s

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from goosebuster wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

bbb t bb 1s

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

BB and BBB in steel shot. In Hevi-shot or equivalent, 2 thru 4's.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Bubba

Are you smoking something? 6s, 7 1/2s and 8s for geese? We're not talking quail here. Even with the "heavy shot" lead substitutes, 4s is about as small as it should get for geese.

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from uplander12 wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

steel 8's would bounce off a goose.

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

WAM
I knew I'd stir up a hornet's nest with my reply, and I'm really not trying.
I had problems when I was younger knocking ducks down with HV 4's. Remington came out with their "NitroMag" ammo in the late 70's. It was a 2 3/4" HV with some sort of buffering powder loaded in the shot column. I even stepped up to these even though they were $4 a box. (late 70's) The ducks still wouldn't fall and I could hear the shot hitting them. Almost like throwing a hand full of shot in a pile of aluminum cans.
Talked to my dad about it. His advice?
High velocity 8's and 9's. I was scoffed at by my hunting buddies, but I began consistently killing more birds with fewer shots than they did! One or two of them saw the light and came over. One real hard headed guy just couldn't buy the theory. Last time I hunted with him, he still couldn't figure out how he could beat me every time at trap, but couldn't kill more ducks.
Pattern density kills, NOT shot size!
I challenge each and every skeptic, "JUST ONCE, TRY IT!"

Bubba

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Nobody uses shot that small for geese. We were talking geese here, not ducks. Nobody sells non-toxic shot that small. Wake up and pay attention. This is 2010, not 1979....

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago
from Wade Neubauer wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Ive used T, BBB, BB and if they hit a vital, the head or a wing your in the clear but the problem is with such large pellets you have much fewer to actually hit the bird due to large holes in your pattern. I found 2 shot to be the best mix of shot size and pellet count. the easiest way to bring down a bird is the break a wing which smaller shot sizes can do, but to play the odds isn't a safe or ethical way to hunt. the number 2 shot size will have enough energy to punch through the feathers and meat and actually take down the goose

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from vork23 wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

WA Mtnhunter wincheter sell steel in 7 for 12 guage.

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 30 weeks ago

Watch the discourse!
If you're shooting geese over decoys, use No. 6's. If you're pass shooting geese, be very selective with your shots and you will have great success with 7 1/2's or 8's.
Pattern density kills, not necessarily shot size!

Bubba

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