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Discussion in 'Wingshooting' started by Glock17, Aug 17, 2010.
Just wondering what guns everybody uses for waterfowl? Also what do you like to shoot through it?
Winn. 120 ranger in 12ga. mod. choke #2 steel FLA, DUCKS #4OR 6 for teal or woodies.
Mossy 935 Magnum semi-auto
Winchester (FN) Sx2
Ocassionally my Wingmaster, only draw back is the Wingy is 2 3/4", born during the lead shot hey day.
Benelli SBEII 26" barrel Pattermaster IMP Cyl Choke for Duck hunting over decoys. Imp Mod for geese
Remington 870 shooting #2 or BB.
I like my buddy's Beretta Xtrema, but I only get to shoot it when he's out setting decoys or retrieving ducks/geese and more come in.
Winchester 1300 pump, modified choke, 3" #4 for ducks, 3" BB for geese.
benelli nova, patternmaster extended range for geese, modified choke for ducks. usually shoot winchester 3" 2s for everything.
Well I made a trade about a week ago and got me a browning gold hunter 3" chamber...will probably be my new go to for ducks. I also ordered a Browning Grand Passage modified choke. Hopefully it performs the reviews looked too good to be true for the price lol.
Anyone else use aftermarket choke tubes?
You will love the Browning Gold. Not into aftermarket chokes yet. Try the Invector+ Improved modified if you get a chance. It works very well for me with 3" 3's Steel.
I was told that when shooting steel through a modified choke it patterns as a full. Has anyone ever heard this before, i don't remember where I saw this actually, might have been in a book for hunter's safety. Should I start shooting a full or a turkey choke when hunting geese?
I love it already...haven't tried it on anything other than doves but its great so far. I ordered a modified aftermarket but may get a factory improved modified like you say, I almost ordered that to begin with but this will mostly be my close shootin fast flyin duck gun so I didn't want a tight choke for that.
Steel typically patterns tighter in a given choke.
Thats basically true. You don't want to shoot steel through a regular full choke. There are tons of aftermarket chokes designed for steel though. The factory chokes will not really pattern as well with steel because the steel cannot compress like lead does because its a lot harder. If you want a choke specifically for goose I would recommend the Patternmaster. Its pricey but I think its worth it. After shooting geese with a factory modified switching to it was a crazy difference. Instead of just crippling birds they just crumple.
870 Left Hand, mod choke tube. I like to throw 3" steel T shot through it for geese.
Right now it's my mossy 835, never fails, I don't cringe if I scratch it, and gets the job done. I'd like a 500, and would recomend a maverick to anyone interested.
To me, for geese, you have to have 3.5" or a 10 gauge with a 26-32" barrel (I like 28) and a nice recoil pad. I've done more duck hunting than I care to talk about, and ol' 2 and 3/4 #1 #2 put's 'em down good enough for me, I usually have a 3" #1 or BB as my last shot, but that's for then flying off over 50 yards or so, but geese, espeacially these overfed overgrown local geese (still waiting to get my camera back, you'll see) are like flying tanks, and they don't come as close as ducks, so far. With the 3.5" Black Cloud BBs we were using last week end they just laughed it off at 50-60 yards. Inside of 30 they just went limp, at 40 they glided down to the water, and at 50 they would just flinch a little. I need some Ts and/or a tighter choke.
My 'dream gun' for geese would be a Benille Super Black Eagle II 10 gauge in wetlands camo, with a dead mule in the butt , but that'll have to wait until after I hit the lottery.
haha good luck with the dream gun Barry. I saw a 10 guage Browning bps in max 4 the other day that a guy was trying to talk me out of my rifle for but i was looking more for a duck gun than goose. Thats odd that you couldn't touch em with 3 1/2" BBs. All last year I used nothin but 3" 2 shot and it did fine. A lot of the tiem they were right on us though when decoying....
Duck is a Beretta 302 in 3" 12 gauge w/ 28" modified bbl. (I use 2 3/4 in shells)
Goose used to be a Browning A5 in 3" 12 gauge w/ 32" full bbl.
Now I usually use the Beretta for both and upgrade to 3 inch shells for geese.
Ruger Red Label Stainless Steel 12 gauge with black synthetic stock.
Remington 3" Heavi-Shot shells.
That was with my 835 28" and modified choke. Which, a 28" barrel and a modified choke are all I have ever used for anything, birds, ducks, squirrels, deer etc, so It's sort of my groove.
If I had a tighter choke, or decoying in close, it would have worked much better, but 30 yards was as absolutely as close as we got, but they just stopped all indications of life at that range. Just as importantly, these non-migratory geese are overfed from the time they hatch. Really, they are over-sized, fattened beasts, and geese in general are tough.