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#5537833 - 01/12/15 01:43 PM Shot Size
mattfox Offline
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Registered: 12/19/06
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Loc: Union Valley, Tx
I'm new to duck hunting. What size shot for mallards in the 25-40 yard range?

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#5537857 - 01/12/15 01:53 PM Re: Shot Size [Re: mattfox]
Going Green Offline
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3's or 4's
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#5537860 - 01/12/15 01:54 PM Re: Shot Size [Re: mattfox]
RedRaider3933 Offline
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Registered: 09/09/10
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Unless I am shooting teal I almost exclusively use 3 inch #2's.
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#5537895 - 01/12/15 02:05 PM Re: Shot Size [Re: mattfox]
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Registered: 12/02/12
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Loc: Frisco, TX
3inch 2's for me all season
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#5537898 - 01/12/15 02:05 PM Re: Shot Size [Re: mattfox]
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I shoot a lot of #2s and I like them... a lot. Does not mean other's won't work.

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#5537908 - 01/12/15 02:07 PM Re: Shot Size [Re: Moto382]
sallysue Offline
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Originally Posted By: Moto382
3inch 2's for me all season

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#5537948 - 01/12/15 02:25 PM Re: Shot Size [Re: mattfox]
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3" #4 shot

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#5538032 - 01/12/15 03:00 PM Re: Shot Size [Re: mattfox]
schmellba99 Offline
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Loc: Gulf Coast, Texas
2-3/4" #4's or #2's mostly.

3" if it is a bluebird day or I'm apt to shoot some geese.

This is for steel shot. If you are shooting biszmuth or heavi shot, you can go up a size.

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#5538110 - 01/12/15 03:37 PM Re: Shot Size [Re: mattfox]
RLUM Offline
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Registered: 10/03/13
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Loc: Montgomery, Tx
Hevi metal 4's or 6's for ducks and 2's for decoying geese

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#5538258 - 01/12/15 04:44 PM Re: Shot Size [Re: Going Green]
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Originally Posted By: Going Green
3's or 4's
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#5538361 - 01/12/15 05:32 PM Re: Shot Size [Re: mattfox]
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I shoot #4 w IC choke all season, it kills birds fine with in 45 yards. Anything bigger will just unnecessarily tear up your bird more.

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#5538366 - 01/12/15 05:34 PM Re: Shot Size [Re: mattfox]
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3" 2's or 2.75" 3's.

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#5538404 - 01/12/15 05:45 PM Re: Shot Size [Re: mattfox]
droebuck Offline
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Registered: 12/02/13
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Loc: texas
3", #3, 1 3/8oz for me the extra 1/8oz of shot makes for better kills than the speed.
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#5538456 - 01/12/15 06:07 PM Re: Shot Size [Re: mattfox]
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Buy a patternmastern duck choke

Shoot cheap 2 3/4 nr 4 kent fasteel or 3 inch blue steel rio nr 3 on longer shots or windy days.



Edited by beaversnipe (01/12/15 06:08 PM)

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#5539159 - 01/12/15 09:55 PM Re: Shot Size [Re: mattfox]
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y'all might hate on me, but when testing loads through my Kick's HF MOD I've been deadly with 1280fps Xpert low brass #6 steel on committed ducks from 15-40yds out. Have not found a single pellet that got through the breast skin as of yet either. And no cripples. Decoy them in, shoot them in the neck and head, and life is good at $6.49/box and absolutely zero recoil out of my shotgun. grin
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