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Lead for ducks (pre 1991).......... #1906704 12/10/10 01:56 AM
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Who was hunting then?


After crushing pheasant with #5's last weekend, I can only imagine what it was like to duck hunt with lead.


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Bang, Splash....It was GREAT! cheers


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yingyang it was great, ducks actually died from one shot EVERY time



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Re: Lead for ducks (pre 1991).......... [Re: TreeBass] #1906740 12/10/10 02:03 AM
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Somebody inform the young dumb guy....why did they switch over to steel?


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Fish eat lead...bad for enviroment.


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I dove hunt in some of the same spots I duck hunt over...


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I can remember back when if you were something like 100 miles from the coast you could use lead and yes it was good.




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it was good except for the points, one bird and you could be done for the day if I remember correctly



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Re: Lead for ducks (pre 1991).......... [Re: Ramball36] #1906775 12/10/10 02:13 AM
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Originally Posted By: Ramball36
Somebody inform the young dumb guy....why did they switch over to steel?



Lead poisoning in waterfowl.


Re: Lead for ducks (pre 1991).......... [Re: TreeBass] #1906792 12/10/10 02:18 AM
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It was good #5 2 3/4 killed em dead.



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Re: Lead for ducks (pre 1991).......... [Re: TreeBass] #1906795 12/10/10 02:18 AM
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Originally Posted By: TreeBass
yingyang it was great, ducks actually died from one shot EVERY time


I bet.

Smacked a big rooster with IC in the M2 at close to 50 yds, and it was stone cold dead when I picked it up.


Re: Lead for ducks (pre 1991).......... [Re: R.T.] #1906800 12/10/10 02:19 AM
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What's the big deal, I've been using lead for about 10 seasons now


Re: Lead for ducks (pre 1991).......... [Re: Shl0g] #1906804 12/10/10 02:20 AM
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Originally Posted By: Shl0g
Fish eat lead...bad for enviroment.
bang Do not eat the lead propaganda from D.C. More heavy metals go into the environment from discarded electronics than from all hunters/target shoots combined!




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Re: Lead for ducks (pre 1991).......... [Re: R.T.] #1906810 12/10/10 02:22 AM
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I didnt buy into the lead poisoning then and still dont. At least not on private land. I grew up and hunted about 35 miles inland from Matagorda. We had to shoot steel starting in '85. Sometimes I wouldnt shoot over the same area but once every 2-3 years.

Back then Winchester used to load a magnum load with a plastic buffer in the shot.XX Magnums. I have a full box on display just to remember the good old days. Deuces for geese and deadly out to 75-80 yards. 6's for duck and it would flat spank them.

Yeah, if you spanked a hen mallard you had 90 points, 1 more duck would finish you up for the day. I think a canvasback was 100 points, greenheads were 20 or maybe 25. But, pintails were 10 points and we could shoot 10 a day and did several times while hunting geese


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Re: Lead for ducks (pre 1991).......... [Re: Bobby B] #1906821 12/10/10 02:24 AM
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Heard hi-vel 7.5's over dekes were the cat's azz.


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Randy T is right on with the 7.5's! A friend of my use to load some custom 7.5s and they would smoke the birds. #6 was the bread and butter load for me. After I watched him blow a barrel with the hot loads I stayed with the H brass 6. I think the last county I shot lead in was Freestone back in 89 or so. Those first steel loads were crapola but I killed ducks. High brass lead is more than steel now. Who woulda thought..Even the craps-pert winchester loads are way better than those early steel loads.


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Yes sir #6 2-3/4" would cart wheel them and didn't have to worry about it hurting the A-5.

When my brother first started taking me hunting under the 100 point system most ducks were 10 points, he told me not to worry about the limit, he said it would not be an issue for me, he was right. It was 1985 when most species went from 10 or 20 points to 35 but a hen mallard or woody would finish you up quick. I think within a year or two they went to a 3 bird limit instead of using the point system.

Here is some info from back in the day
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I use to shoot #5 2 3/4" XX winchester copperplated...

Like everyone said you could fold birds at 50 yards out...

There was no cripplin' birds, they fell dead...

There was a lot of guys that didn't want to conform to "steel shot" and some that still shoot the lead stuff...

and for the lead Poisonin' B.S. it's B.S.!!!!!!

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Originally Posted By: TreeBass
yingyang it was great, ducks actually died from one shot EVERY time

X2...

I recall selling my reloader kit/equipment the next yr.



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#5 2 3/4 are, I mean were deadly.



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Those were the good ol days!!!

2 3/4 #7.5 shot were all you needed. And 3" #4 would flat out destory a goose, and you really didn't need that much.

I still remember the days when pintails were 10 points and we'd stack up piles of pintails like chord wood.


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The introduction of the 870 Express in 1988 was timed perfectly to accomodate the steel 3" magnum rounds and the resurgence of the bird populations and duck hunting.


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I heard ban of lead was because eagles and hawks were eating wounded birds and dying from lead poisoning rolleyes



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My first couple of years duck hunting were with lead shot and I was using a 20 guage single shot....when they made the switch we started having way more cripples


Re: Lead for ducks (pre 1991).......... [Re: ndhunter] #1907266 12/10/10 04:38 AM
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Well we all still use lead on dove right? Maybe some of these other lead loads they had for ducks where different types of special lead. I mean all this talk about ducks always falling dead, no cripples. Hell I see cripples all the time when I'm dove hunting. Ah the good ole days.

I don't know...seems like the fishing stories you hear where each time they tell it the fish gets bigger and bigger. Or maybe like most of my duck hunting stories where each time it's told we shot more and more beautiful spoonies.



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