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#7026690 - 01/05/18 07:00 PM Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt
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What shells should I take in 12 gauge? Never hunted them before. Going with Muddy Waters Outfitters the 27th. My gun will shoot up to 3.5's
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#7026695 - 01/05/18 07:04 PM Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1]
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I've been using BB
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#7026699 - 01/05/18 07:08 PM Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1]
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Ok, in 3's or 3.5's?
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#7026739 - 01/05/18 07:53 PM Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1]
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Originally Posted By: bobcat1
Ok, in 3's or 3.5's?


I always bring 3.5" just in case they don't finish right and you have to take 45 yard shots all morning. Those extra pellets help on the longer shots for sure.


Edited by john paul (01/05/18 07:53 PM)
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#7026757 - 01/05/18 08:17 PM Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: john paul]
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Originally Posted By: john paul
Originally Posted By: bobcat1
Ok, in 3's or 3.5's?


I always bring 3.5" just in case they don't finish right and you have to take 45 yard shots all morning. Those extra pellets help on the longer shots for sure.

Go for all the fire power you can. Of course you will not be as cool as the guy that will soon post that he limits on sandhill with a 410 wearing a hawaiian shirt. grin

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#7026794 - 01/05/18 08:43 PM Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: Guy]
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So 3.5's in BB confused2
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#7026807 - 01/05/18 08:50 PM Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1]
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From experience, 3.5 Dead Coyote will fold their asses at ranges you wouldn't think possible.

After my poor boy wallet went through those 3 boxes of coyote I have been using 3.5 BB.

Shot placement is key. We had three last week get hit about 35-40 yards away with 3.5 BB. All had a leg hanging and had trouble flying. Two crashed like a plane about 150 & 250 yards out. The other had to be about a mile away in front of us in the open field before he kicked up dust.

Let the duck hunters say what they want about 3.5 shells but I would never use a 3 on cranes. I damn sure would like to use an AR-15 if it was legal.

Tough [censored] birds and I would rather hunt them than anything else.


Edited by justinxxxz (01/05/18 08:58 PM)

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#7026974 - 01/06/18 05:00 AM Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1]
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High brass lead. I donít know why people want to waste money on steel when you can shoot lead for cranes.

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#7027008 - 01/06/18 07:01 AM Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: Pintail711]
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Originally Posted By: Pintail711
High brass lead. I donít know why people want to waste money on steel when you can shoot lead for cranes.


Any 31/2" lead shot in BB will be impossible to find....not sure it's made. Those are the hardest birds to drop imo. If it is snowing, or there is no wind, expect 50+ yards shots. jmo.
You can shoot lead, but if there is a chance at any geese then you won't be able to shoot legally.

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#7027019 - 01/06/18 07:33 AM Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1]
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3" lead 4 turkey loads

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#7027242 - 01/06/18 11:53 AM Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1]
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone.
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#7027375 - 01/06/18 02:10 PM Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1]
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Dont use lead with muddy waters, last time we had geese fly over while crane hunting.
We could not shoot at them cause some idiot was shooting lead.
3 inch nr 2 or BB is fine, i shot a long goose patternmaster choke.
I used heavy metal.
Shoot em in the head.
Day two was high winds and i used 3 1/2 inch heavy shot dead coyote as birds were 60 yards out.
That stuff is increddible.
You gonna shoot 3-10 shell per hunt. Might as well buy the good stuff on a expensive trip.
You will have fun there, the guides are good, the food is great, the lodging is good too.

The first day we shot 36 and they were landing 15 yards out
The second day we only got 3 and they were flying over at 60-70 yards.
So bring a box of BB and buy some dead coyote


Edited by beaversnipe (01/06/18 02:15 PM)
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#7027396 - 01/06/18 02:30 PM Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1]
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Be prepared for follow up shots. They have some serious thick skin. I've hit one in the chest and he just kept on flying.

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#7027426 - 01/06/18 03:13 PM Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: topwater13]
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Originally Posted By: topwater13
Originally Posted By: Pintail711
High brass lead. I donít know why people want to waste money on steel when you can shoot lead for cranes.


Any 31/2" lead shot in BB will be impossible to find....not sure it's made. Those are the hardest birds to drop imo. If it is snowing, or there is no wind, expect 50+ yards shots. jmo.
You can shoot lead, but if there is a chance at any geese then you won't be able to shoot legally.


Well no chit? You must not shoot a lot ... If youíre shooting cranes at 50 yards, youíre guide ainít doing the job.

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#7027558 - 01/06/18 05:57 PM Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1]
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