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What's your favorite load?

Discussion in 'MichiganWaterfowl.com' started by Buckshot556, Nov 12, 2017.

  1. DecoySlayer

    DecoySlayer

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    #4's at 1550FPS, Kent Fasteel, skeet choke, when shooting my 20GA. #5's, at 1700FPS, Sporting Ammo II, skeet choke, when shooting my 12GA. I sometimes use Sporting Ammo II, #3's if hunting mallards, but not often. I have had two boxes of those for several years.
     
  2. Buckshot556

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    I picked up a box of Rio #2 yesterday. They were all sold out of Kent. Will search the stores by my cabin this week for kent and do some patterning. Thanks for your help guys.
     

  3. Outdoor Gal

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    Federal red box 3's have worked very well for both my husband and I for ducks.

    We shoot Kent 3" BB at geese and it's always gotten the job done. For whatever reason though, I've had spent shells hang up when I pump my gun this year. Probably half dozen times and one full on jam. All with Kent's, other brand shells haven't been an issue at all. I'm not sure what's going on there.

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  4. Shlwego

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    I've tried almost every kind of shell at least once. Hevi-Shot, Black Cloud, Tungsten Matrix, Bismuth, plus all the major brands basic loads, shot sizes, etc. Spent a ton of $ buying the latest and greatest. My thinking has evolved, and I just don't find that stuff necessary anymore. For the past three years I have shot just two loads. For almost everything, I've been using Fiocchi 3" #3s 1550fps. They're my go to load both here and in Manitoba for ducks, Canada geese, snows, cranes, etc. They pattern exceptionally well out of my Beretta's mod choke, and I really don't see a need for more expensive loads. But also, having to change out shot sizes is a pain, especially when the geese and the ducks are coming into the same field spread. Why carry #2s for geese and #4s for ducks when the #3s spit the difference nicely? The only other ammo I shoot is Kent #7 Teal Steel. This is strictly for cripple swatting and occasionally for close combat hunting in a Manitoba teal marsh with shots inside of 15 yards.
     
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    I can miss equally well with just about any load, but Fiocchi #2 is my favorite.
     
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  6. Outdoors Fool

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    Federal blue box #4's is what I have settled on. Patterns nicely for me inside of 25 yards
     
  7. ajkulish

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    Love my Rio 2s. Just a premium ammunition with no gimmick. Very high quality shot, especially at the price. And very consistent.
     
  8. Ash

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    12ga #2, 2 3/4", blindside patterns the best out of my gun. Also got a case of it for Christmas last year so it's all I've used this season. Seems to be smashing ducks when I hit them. Rarely a followup shot needed.

    Winchester super x #4s work nicely as well.
     
  9. Buckshot556

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    I will be patterning this weekend. I'm not sure where the hell I saw Kent for sale I can't seem to find any at my usual stores.

    What is a good range to pattern at? Max range you intend to shoot or multiple ranges with the different loads? I was going to pattern at 20 and 30 but not sure if it would just be redundant
     
  10. Bigeejakes

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    Pattern at the distance you plan to shoot that choke / load combination. A good pattern for that distance should cover a 30" circle.

    Pattern for impact (where the pattern hits) as well as how good is the pattern at that distance.

    I would recommend IC as a choke to start. And probably not more than Mod. My favorite is Light Mod. It can be too tight for close shots though.
     
  11. Bigeejakes

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    Also, patterning at 20 and 30 is not redundant... You will see a difference. At 20yards you'll want cyl or sk choke. Probably cyl, skeet chokes are made to put lead in a 30" circle at 20yrds, steel patterns tighter ( if you're really shooting them that close) 30 will be sk or ic.
     
  12. Buckshot556

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    Yea so I patterned the rio and hevi metal loads with the mod choke I use at 20 and 30. They were identical looking patterns at 20 but 30 the rio was in fact tighter. Definitely an eye opening experience seeing how few (none) of the pellets actually hit the quarter sized bullseye I drew on the paper. I will try some different chokes soon
     
  13. 28hotshot

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    Kent 3.5" 4 shot 1 3/8 ounce out of my A5 with cabelas mid range and extended range chokes. #2 shot shoots nice as well
     
  14. Bigeejakes

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    Don't try and put pellets in a quarter, put up a paper plate and make sure it's covered well.

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