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#6558998 - 11/25/16 11:24 PM What shotgun do you use for Duck Hunting ?
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I've searched the forum and not finding an answer so thought I'd start this thread to find out what everyone is using for their duck hunting . I haven't been but hope to someday . I own a Franchi Affinity in wood , 12-ga , 3" chamber . But I've seen post in other forums wanting to know what's the best shotgun for duck hunting , is a 3-1/2" chamber necessary and what shot is used for duck hunting ?? So I thought maybe all here will help fill in info on what they use ? I've heard that #4, #5 or #6 will all work , what do you use ?
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#6559002 - 11/25/16 11:29 PM Re: What shotgun do you use for Duck Hunting ? [Re: ronlhodges]
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There is no best answer that is really up to you. I personally like to hunt with a my Remington 1187 in 20 gauge with 3inch number 4s.

The right answer for you is not the right answer for me. If the gun fits you use it. Guys on here kill ducks with 410s, 28 gauges, 20 gauges and 12 gauges. Any 3 inch 4 or 6 shot shell will kill ducks. You should pattern your gun and then find a choke that you like and just go hunt.

Your Franchi will do just fine with 3 inch 4s.

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#6559173 - 11/26/16 08:13 AM Re: What shotgun do you use for Duck Hunting ? [Re: ronlhodges]
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Registered: 09/18/16
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I agree with Nate... I have a SBE2. I don't ever shoot 3 1/2's but every shotgun I have is chambered for them. Patternmaster extended range choke and hevi metal 4's is what I like to shoot. I shoot federal 4's as well... remember this if you purchase after market chokes, there is a lot of shells that use a flight controlled wad and some chokes are built to slow the wad down, like my pattern master. Pattern Master also recommends not shooting anything faster than 1550fps out of some of their chokes as well. Shoot what you like too. Everyone is partial to their gun.

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#6559211 - 11/26/16 08:36 AM Re: What shotgun do you use for Duck Hunting ? [Re: ronlhodges]
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Shotguns are all about fit. The better it fits you the better it will shoot. If you can, get yourself to a store where you can shoulder a bunch of shotguns to find out which ones fit you best. How you determine fit in a store is to pick out a distant point in the store (safe direction), focus on that point and then quickly bring the shotgun to your shoulder. A good fitting shotgun should point to that point without you having to move it.

Another thing to consider is what type of duck hunting are you going to be doing? Is it going to be mostly pass shooting or are you going to be hunting decoying ducks? Timber or open water? The reason this is important is that if you are going to be doing a lot of pass shooting, then a shotgun that swings better will be a better choice. That means a shotgun with a bit more weight to it. I love the SBE and Franchi 48s but they are really hard to be able to make pass shots on for me because they are so light. My Browning Gold Hunter swings great for me and I use it for pass shooting and upland birds. The timber vs. open water question plays into chamber size as well. If you are going to be hunting primarily timber, your shots will be shorter and there is no need to use 3.5" shells. If you are going to be hunting open water, then you may want to have the 3.5" chamber as it will allow you to use that 3rd shot more effectively. For me, if I am hunting open water, I load two 3" shells with #4 steel and my last shot is a 3.5" shell with #4 hevi-shot.
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#6559327 - 11/26/16 10:20 AM Re: What shotgun do you use for Duck Hunting ? [Re: ronlhodges]
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I use a Benelli Vinci or a Beretta 391. You don't need 3.5" gun for anything, in my limited testingl they don't pattern as well as the 3" guns. I like using #6 shot but find it isn't quite big enough for big ducks, so I use #3.

One thing I've learned is speed kills when using steel shot. So use a fast shell. I hand roll some that are 2.75" and they are awesome but it's a pain and time consuming so lately I've shot the cheap Federals that run 1550 bps.

Good luck, have fun and be respectful of the other hunters. Seems we've had a push of selfish folks the last few years.
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#6559448 - 11/26/16 12:25 PM Re: What shotgun do you use for Duck Hunting ? [Re: ronlhodges]
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Thanks for the great info and suggestions everybody . Probably gonna be next year before I get a chance but knowing info ahead of time is important to me . Funny how some other forums that are shotgun forums argue what they should use and yet most are like me and have never been but I always know I can get my answer here on THF ! Thanks again everyone !
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#6559452 - 11/26/16 12:29 PM Re: What shotgun do you use for Duck Hunting ? [Re: ronlhodges]
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I shoot a Remington 870 Super Mag with a Kicks high flyer modified choke. I rarely shoot 3 1/2. I usually buy 3 inch number 2 or 4. It's never let me down and has be hauled and beat on. It's killed a pile of ducks and just keeps working.
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#6559485 - 11/26/16 01:10 PM Re: What shotgun do you use for Duck Hunting ? [Re: ronlhodges]
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#6559680 - 11/26/16 04:26 PM Re: What shotgun do you use for Duck Hunting ? [Re: ronlhodges]
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If a 3 1/2" chamber was necessary, they wouldn't make steel shot in 28ga and 410.

Buy a aftermarket LM choke and some 3" #3 steel going 1450fps and kill all the ducks you want with that Franchi.

I shoot several 2 3/4" chambered 12ga guns and a 28ga Citori Lightning, ducks are just as dead.
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#6559688 - 11/26/16 04:35 PM Re: What shotgun do you use for Duck Hunting ? [Re: ronlhodges]
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I only shoot 3" shells and prefer #3 shot. I think 3.5" shells are a waste of money and the recoil is noticeably worse. I shoot a Beretta 390 or a Remington 870 12 ga.

The only time I would consider using 3.5's is if I was strictly goose hunting.

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#6559735 - 11/26/16 05:18 PM Re: What shotgun do you use for Duck Hunting ? [Re: ronlhodges]
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Beretta A300 or Mossberg 930. Patternmaster or Carlson's LM choke, 3" #3 or #4.

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#6560198 - 11/26/16 11:20 PM Re: What shotgun do you use for Duck Hunting ? [Re: ronlhodges]
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Again , great info friends . Thanks for the extra info . Keep letting me know , this is interesting how mainly a 3" shot is used by most so far . Also is the shot size ranging from #3 to #6 . Very interesting !
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#6560360 - 11/27/16 07:45 AM Re: What shotgun do you use for Duck Hunting ? [Re: ronlhodges]
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Your franchi is fine.
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#6560363 - 11/27/16 07:46 AM Re: What shotgun do you use for Duck Hunting ? [Re: ronlhodges]
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I shoot the softest shooting auto there is, a browning maxus grin

3 inch number 4 or later in the season I'll shoot 2s. During teal u use 4s as well.
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#6560364 - 11/27/16 07:48 AM Re: What shotgun do you use for Duck Hunting ? [Re: ronlhodges]
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Winchester SX3 here with a kicks improved choke and 3" #5's. If they're not 30 yds feet down I don't want to kill em
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