texashuntingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
Alan M, Jroddff, smtlucky13, 240swc, DestinNTX
64503 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
dogcatcher 90,536
stxranchman 53,921
bill oxner 50,435
RKHarm24 44,577
rifleman 44,415
BMD 41,009
SnakeWrangler 40,379
Big Orn 37,484
txshntr 35,381
Facebook
Forum Statistics
Forums45
Topics419,752
Posts6,099,071
Members64,503
Most Online16,728
Mar 25th, 2012
Print Thread
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3
Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt #7026690
01/06/18 01:00 AM
01/06/18 01:00 AM
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 3,581
Sanger, Texas
B
bobcat1 Online content OP
Extreme Tracker
bobcat1  Online Content OP
Extreme Tracker
B

Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 3,581
Sanger, Texas
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


Bobby Barnett

Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1] #7026695
01/06/18 01:04 AM
01/06/18 01:04 AM
Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 128
Katy, TX
B
brianaustintx Offline
Woodsman
brianaustintx  Offline
Woodsman
B

Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 128
Katy, TX
I've been using BB


-Brian Austin
www.briancaustin.com
Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1] #7026699
01/06/18 01:08 AM
01/06/18 01:08 AM
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 3,581
Sanger, Texas
B
bobcat1 Online content OP
Extreme Tracker
bobcat1  Online Content OP
Extreme Tracker
B

Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 3,581
Sanger, Texas
Ok, in 3's or 3.5's?


Bobby Barnett

Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1] #7026739
01/06/18 01:53 AM
01/06/18 01:53 AM
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,275
beaumont
J
john paul Offline
Pro Tracker
john paul  Offline
Pro Tracker
J

Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,275
beaumont
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.

Last edited by john paul; 01/06/18 01:53 AM.

Originally Posted By: garrett
I'm with GK because I like salty old dudes.
Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: john paul] #7026757
01/06/18 02:17 AM
01/06/18 02:17 AM
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 28,742
Lake X
Guy Online content
THF Celebrity
Guy  Online Content
THF Celebrity

Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 28,742
Lake X
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

Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: Guy] #7026794
01/06/18 02:43 AM
01/06/18 02:43 AM
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 3,581
Sanger, Texas
B
bobcat1 Online content OP
Extreme Tracker
bobcat1  Online Content OP
Extreme Tracker
B

Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 3,581
Sanger, Texas
So 3.5's in BB confused2


Bobby Barnett

Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1] #7026807
01/06/18 02:50 AM
01/06/18 02:50 AM
Joined: May 2014
Posts: 26
Houston
J
justinxxxz Offline
Light Foot
justinxxxz  Offline
Light Foot
J

Joined: May 2014
Posts: 26
Houston
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.

Last edited by justinxxxz; 01/06/18 02:58 AM.
Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1] #7026974
01/06/18 11:00 AM
01/06/18 11:00 AM
Joined: Sep 2016
Posts: 259
Longview, TX
P
Pintail711 Offline
Bird Dog
Pintail711  Offline
Bird Dog
P

Joined: Sep 2016
Posts: 259
Longview, TX
High brass lead. I donít know why people want to waste money on steel when you can shoot lead for cranes.

Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: Pintail711] #7027008
01/06/18 01:01 PM
01/06/18 01:01 PM
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,252
Wise County
T
topwater13 Online content
Pro Tracker
topwater13  Online Content
Pro Tracker
T

Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,252
Wise County
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.

Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1] #7027019
01/06/18 01:33 PM
01/06/18 01:33 PM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 718
In Waders
G
GravyWheels Offline
Tracker
GravyWheels  Offline
Tracker
G

Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 718
In Waders
3" lead 4 turkey loads

Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1] #7027242
01/06/18 05:53 PM
01/06/18 05:53 PM
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 3,581
Sanger, Texas
B
bobcat1 Online content OP
Extreme Tracker
bobcat1  Online Content OP
Extreme Tracker
B

Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 3,581
Sanger, Texas
Thanks for the suggestions everyone.


Bobby Barnett

Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1] #7027375
01/06/18 08:10 PM
01/06/18 08:10 PM
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 19,787
Uranus
B
beaversnipe Online crying
THF Celebrity
beaversnipe  Online Crying
THF Celebrity
B

Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 19,787
Uranus
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

Last edited by beaversnipe; 01/06/18 08:15 PM.
Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1] #7027396
01/06/18 08:30 PM
01/06/18 08:30 PM
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 126
A
AbeLinkkin Offline
Woodsman
AbeLinkkin  Offline
Woodsman
A

Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 126
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.

Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: topwater13] #7027426
01/06/18 09:13 PM
01/06/18 09:13 PM
Joined: Sep 2016
Posts: 259
Longview, TX
P
Pintail711 Offline
Bird Dog
Pintail711  Offline
Bird Dog
P

Joined: Sep 2016
Posts: 259
Longview, TX
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.

Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1] #7027558
01/06/18 11:57 PM
01/06/18 11:57 PM
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 40,379
Over yonder.....
S
SnakeWrangler Online content
THF Celebrity
SnakeWrangler  Online Content
THF Celebrity
S

Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 40,379
Over yonder.....
Have a great and successful trip...post lots of pics.....


Originally Posted By: skinnerback
Milf does the trick.

"You're statistically more likely to be killed by Hillary Clinton than an NRA member. - PolitiDiva

"You Cannot Simultaneously Be Politically Correct And Intellectually Honest!"
Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1] #7027790
01/07/18 03:23 AM
01/07/18 03:23 AM
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 3,581
Sanger, Texas
B
bobcat1 Online content OP
Extreme Tracker
bobcat1  Online Content OP
Extreme Tracker
B

Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 3,581
Sanger, Texas
I am scratching my head here. Lots of differing opinions. I bought a Patternmaster 12ga Remington Pro Bore Classic Extended Range https://www.joeboboutfitters.com/product-p/pm-5438.htm for my Versamax when I got it last year. I can shoot 2 3/4 - 3 1/2 shells lead or steel. I'm thinking Hevi Metal 3.5 BB.

Will that get it done?


Bobby Barnett

Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1] #7027835
01/07/18 04:15 AM
01/07/18 04:15 AM
Joined: May 2014
Posts: 26
Houston
J
justinxxxz Offline
Light Foot
justinxxxz  Offline
Light Foot
J

Joined: May 2014
Posts: 26
Houston
I shoot 3.5 Hevi-Metal with my Versamax Synthetic switching from extended /mid Hevi-Shot choke depending on how they fly. Will sell it in the off season but that is another story.

That shot is good for 40 yards on cranes. Went this morning and they stayed on the roost and didn't fly much at in the morning(out of the norm). Finally had about 4 fly over about 45-50 yards and just knocked feathers off(HM 3.5) and watched it fly off with the group without struggle.

I would buy one box of 3.5 dead coyote T($50) or grab some 3" kent tungsen like another mentioned.

Check the choke to see if its good for those loads though.

Hevi-Metal will get the job done though. Just dont expect miracles like they claim. Chasing a wounding crane for 200-400 yards in a wet field will not leave a good feeling....

Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: Pintail711] #7027855
01/07/18 04:30 AM
01/07/18 04:30 AM
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,252
Wise County
T
topwater13 Online content
Pro Tracker
topwater13  Online Content
Pro Tracker
T

Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,252
Wise County
Originally Posted By: Pintail711
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.


Don't make assumptions Pinhead....you don't know me. I'm offering a guy info per his inquiry. As stated by others, some days you cant get them in close. But I'm sure you're better at killing stuff than most of us. Stay classy bud.

Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1] #7027888
01/07/18 05:13 AM
01/07/18 05:13 AM
Joined: Nov 2017
Posts: 157
KnightlingersGunDogs Offline
Woodsman
KnightlingersGunDogs  Offline
Woodsman

Joined: Nov 2017
Posts: 157
violin Head shot at 40 yds. no.4 Lead.

Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: KnightlingersGunDogs] #7028720
01/07/18 11:46 PM
01/07/18 11:46 PM
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 3,581
Sanger, Texas
B
bobcat1 Online content OP
Extreme Tracker
bobcat1  Online Content OP
Extreme Tracker
B

Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 3,581
Sanger, Texas
MWO guy suggested 3" BB. Guess I'll take some of those too.


Bobby Barnett

Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1] #7028730
01/07/18 11:49 PM
01/07/18 11:49 PM
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 168
Tawakoni
K
ken starling Offline
Woodsman
ken starling  Offline
Woodsman
K

Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 168
Tawakoni
I would just take what the guide suggested. 3Ē BB will be perfect

Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: ken starling] #7029059
01/08/18 03:50 AM
01/08/18 03:50 AM
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 3,581
Sanger, Texas
B
bobcat1 Online content OP
Extreme Tracker
bobcat1  Online Content OP
Extreme Tracker
B

Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 3,581
Sanger, Texas
I ordered 3" BB http://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/hevi-met...ildCatid=255807


and 3 1/2 BB http://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/remingto...ldCatid=3674560 .

I got all my bases covered I think. I will be using a Patternmaster 12ga Remington Pro Bore Classic Extended Range #5438 in my Remington Versa Max.

That should about do it


Bobby Barnett

Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1] #7029328
01/08/18 02:11 PM
01/08/18 02:11 PM
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 623
Allen, TX
G
Gary Willmann Offline
Tracker
Gary Willmann  Offline
Tracker
G

Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 623
Allen, TX
Hevi Shot #4 will bust a crane's arse, so will steel #2, if you ain't shooting lead.

BBs will work just fine, I just like the higher pellet count with #2 if shooting steel.

If geese are a possibility, then definitely do not take lead (thank you Cpt. Obvious)

Last edited by Gary Willmann; 01/08/18 02:11 PM.
Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1] #7029962
01/08/18 08:46 PM
01/08/18 08:46 PM
Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 387
Collinsville, Tx
J
JRR Offline
Bird Dog
JRR  Offline
Bird Dog
J

Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 387
Collinsville, Tx
I use 3 1/2's because they don't make 4's !!

Re: Nephew booked us a Sandhill hunt [Re: bobcat1] #7030005
01/08/18 09:09 PM
01/08/18 09:09 PM
Joined: Jun 2015
Posts: 81
NE TX
T
TXCrossTimbers Offline
Outdoorsman
TXCrossTimbers  Offline
Outdoorsman
T

Joined: Jun 2015
Posts: 81
NE TX
I use 3.5" BBB for crane. A big bird that still has some fight in them if you don't fold them up.


Page 1 of 3 1 2 3
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread


© 2004-2019 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
UBB.threads™ 7.6.2