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#6472788 - 09/28/16 06:33 PM help shooting ducks
LUguy08 Offline
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Registered: 10/28/13
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So i need help shooting ducks. I can drop dove no problem but have a harder time with ducks. i have a Rem. 870 with a modified choke. Any tips or maybe new choke or ideas? I don't shoot at anything over 40 yards but seem to miss all too often. Any help would be appreciated.

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#6472812 - 09/28/16 06:51 PM Re: help shooting ducks [Re: LUguy08]
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Registered: 11/22/09
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Two pieces of advise, go to the skeet or sporting clays range and practice after you see what kind of pattern the set up with the shells you use throws. What shot size are you using on ducks?
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#6472911 - 09/28/16 08:06 PM Re: help shooting ducks [Re: LUguy08]
kman2017 Offline
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Registered: 03/03/16
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Loc: Jersey Village
I lightened my choke up from modified to improved and it did wonders. Steel shot shoots a tighter patter, so if you are using a modified with steel shot it's like shooting an improved modified with lead.

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#6472918 - 09/28/16 08:14 PM Re: help shooting ducks [Re: LUguy08]
FWBanger Offline
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Kman2017 is right about using a more open choke. Also, aim for the beak. Ducks are tough birds and their insulating feathers are thick. They can fly off from a solid hit to the chest as if they're wearing flak jackets. Head/neck shots improve your odds of dropping them dead.

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#6472935 - 09/28/16 08:29 PM Re: help shooting ducks [Re: FWBanger]
MoTex Online   content
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Registered: 09/11/12
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Most misses when wing shooting are from shooting behind and not following through. If missing give more lead.

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#6472977 - 09/28/16 08:54 PM Re: help shooting ducks [Re: LUguy08]
Hopedale Offline
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Registered: 09/12/07
Posts: 5942
Loc: Central Texas
What shells are you using?

Winchester Xperts had me wanting shooting lessons. Two weekends and a row and couldn't hit a dam thing.

Switched to Kent Fast steel #2 1560 FPS 3" and dropped everything I pointed at.
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#6473018 - 09/28/16 09:21 PM Re: help shooting ducks [Re: LUguy08]
kman2017 Offline
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I think shells are more of a mind game. But definitely agree with where you shoot ducks. Was hunting in timber with a buddy in Arkansas two years ago and damn near every duck we picked up we could shake and have pellets fall into the water.

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#6473027 - 09/28/16 09:34 PM Re: help shooting ducks [Re: LUguy08]
Just Nate Offline
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Pattern your gun. Shoot some skeet and follow through. Most guys shot behind ducks because they pull up short.

Speed Kills...

I shoot a Carlson LM in my 870s and they work fine.

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#6473151 - 09/29/16 02:02 AM Re: help shooting ducks [Re: LUguy08]
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I'd go with a nice quality she'll. 3 in # 3 hevi metals will knock em dead. Love those loads. Shop around you can find deals on cases of em w free shipping too.

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#6473260 - 09/29/16 07:46 AM Re: help shooting ducks [Re: pervis]
john paul Offline
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Just shoot the same shells you are shooting at dove at ducks... bolt
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#6473264 - 09/29/16 07:48 AM Re: help shooting ducks [Re: LUguy08]
garrett Offline
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watch the duck, it'll tell you where your missing
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#6473471 - 09/29/16 10:05 AM Re: help shooting ducks [Re: garrett]
Featherduster Offline
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Originally Posted By: garrett
watch the duck, it'll tell you where your missing

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#6473551 - 09/29/16 10:46 AM Re: help shooting ducks [Re: garrett]
wal1809 Offline
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Originally Posted By: garrett
watch the duck, it'll tell you where your missing


Yep!
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#6473555 - 09/29/16 10:47 AM Re: help shooting ducks [Re: LUguy08]
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I would venture to say you're not continuously swinging through the trigger pull. That is a very common reason for missing.
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#6473556 - 09/29/16 10:51 AM Re: help shooting ducks [Re: wal1809]
Herbie Hancock Offline
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Registered: 08/23/16
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Originally Posted By: wal1809
I would venture to say you're not continuously swinging through the trigger pull. That is a very common reason for missing.


Yep, gotta get that practice time in.

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