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Discussion in 'MichiganWaterfowl.com' started by deerdown, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. deerdown

    deerdown

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    What do you call that moment when you realize you spent $40 on steel shotgun shells in a 3 & a half inch shell and your gun can't chamber it God I love being a newbie
     
  2. DecoySlayer

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    That would suck. Try to keep one thing in mind, 3 1/2 shells are rarely, if ever, needed for ducks. I use a 20 GA for 90% of my duck hunting. I shoot 4# out of my 20 and 5 shot out of my 12 for ducks.

    There is also little need for them even for geese, just let them work in close.
     
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  3. Rasputin

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    Now you need to buy a gun to fit your shells!:)
     
  4. DecoySlayer

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    Now that's good thinking!
     
  5. deerdown

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    Thats not a bad idea
     
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  6. DecoySlayer

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    Buy two guns, get a 20GA too!
     
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    How do you choke your .20? I shoot .12 IC and had my .16 chambered the same, hit a goose at 35 yards with 3 shots and it came down lively, and escaped.
     
  8. DecoySlayer

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    I choke my 20 with a skeet choke. Same for my 12.
     
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    Teal and woodies 20 is fine
    Divers and big ducks stick to 3" 12.
    Grew up on a single shot 20 gauge full choke Winchester and killed a lot of ducks. When they are out 35 yards it gets dicey
     
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    Well, you could have bought a whole case of shells....
     
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  11. DecoySlayer

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    Range time is FAR more important that the size of that shell. It's FAR more important than choke sizes.

    Modern steel shoot is much better than it was when steel first came out.

    I hunt mainly divers, out of a layout boat. I use my 20GA most of the time when layout hunting. I shoot Kent Fasteel, #4 shot, at 1550FPS out of the layout.

    Opening day I will shoot the 12 GA. because there will be geese around. I will shoot Sporting Ammo II, at 1700FPS, #5, in the morning, for mallards in the morning. I will change my shot size to #3 shot around 7 or 8, once the geese start flying.
     
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  12. Far Beyond Driven

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    3" 1 ounce federal red box 2's. Full steel Mossberg choke. Good on geese and mallards to 35+ a bit.
     
  13. Dpricher

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    20 g double barrel for me. I shoot as many as the guys In Our group with the 3.5 guns.
     
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    not sure why but 1550 seems to be my magic number for steel... 20 / 3in / 3 1/2 it doesn't matter that 1550 FPS seems to be the ticket for me....
     
  15. Duck-Hunter

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    Ha that's gotta suck to get out there and pull out a box your gun can't chamber!

    3.5" are not needed even on geese. I shoot 3" all year long. Early season ducks I shoot 2.75". My favorite loads for early season duck is winchester 2.75" #6 lobrass target steel, $6 a box. I shoot way more doubles and triples shooting 2.75-3" opposed to shooting 3.5" rounds.
     
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