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Which choke and shells for early teal #7923639 08/04/20 05:26 PM
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I will be shooting a Winchester sx4 and very new to duck hunting. What would y’all recommend for some teal? I will be hunting over decoys on a pond.

Re: Which choke and shells for early teal [Re: bigbuckboy] #7923648 08/04/20 05:32 PM
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#4's with an IC choke.

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Originally Posted by DUKFVR
#4's with an IC choke.


Same choke but #6.

Re: Which choke and shells for early teal [Re: bigbuckboy] #7923967 08/04/20 09:53 PM
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You can even use skeet w 4s or 6s over decoys


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Re: Which choke and shells for early teal [Re: bigbuckboy] #7924166 08/05/20 12:24 AM
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Shoot the same thing I shoot all of season. 1 1/5oz of #3s in a 3in shell through a mod choke. It works great on teal during big duck so why change?

Re: Which choke and shells for early teal [Re: bigbuckboy] #7924246 08/05/20 01:35 AM
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#4 or #6 depending on how close your decoys are and in am IC choke.


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Re: Which choke and shells for early teal [Re: bigbuckboy] #7924574 08/05/20 12:49 PM
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#6 steel through an IC choke should be good medicine for those little ducks...and no need for 3" shells as the 2&3/4" ones will do just fine.

Re: Which choke and shells for early teal [Re: bigbuckboy] #7925013 08/05/20 06:44 PM
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Rob Roberts T1........and most of the time Kent Teal Steel. May give Hevi Shot #5 or #6 a try this year.


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Re: Which choke and shells for early teal [Re: TN96] #7925020 08/05/20 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by TN96
Shoot the same thing I shoot all of season. 1 1/5oz of #3s in a 3in shell through a mod choke. It works great on teal during big duck so why change?


We get most of them in tight, 10-25 yards over dekes. When I shoot MOD you will tear many birds in half. Shoot Heavy X can shoot 4s w IC out to 40-50 yards no problem


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Re: Which choke and shells for early teal [Re: bigbuckboy] #7925780 08/06/20 02:11 PM
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modified with #5 or #6 shot 2 3/4

Re: Which choke and shells for early teal [Re: bigbuckboy] #7925840 08/06/20 03:15 PM
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Depends on how the birds are flying.
IC and up, probably.

If you're on the bird the choke won't matter. If you're in front or behind the bird, chokes won't matter.


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Re: Which choke and shells for early teal [Re: bigbuckboy] #7927307 08/07/20 08:13 PM
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Re: Which choke and shells for early teal [Re: bigbuckboy] #7927346 08/07/20 08:36 PM
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Chicken choker with double BBs.

Re: Which choke and shells for early teal [Re: bigbuckboy] #7928578 08/09/20 03:22 AM
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Haven't hunted in about 4yrs. Lord I've missed the banter I read on this Forum. Keep it up and I'll be shooting #9 dove loads IC 20ga.


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Re: Which choke and shells for early teal [Re: bigbuckboy] #7928941 08/09/20 03:54 PM
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I don't see them much any more, if at all, but Winchester used to sell 20 gauge steel 7-1/2. When I could find them this is what I carried. I just switched from a modified to an improved choke. I used this for dove on ponds during early teal just in case any showed up. Bagged quite a few teal this way. Teal arean't hard to kill. I do miss the pre-steel days when you could just use what you used on dove for the occasional teal. Just had to have your duck stamp!


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If you are a good shot use full choke --------- if you cant hit the side of a barn , use IC.

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I leave modified in mine all the time - early season teal will be close and fast

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Improved cylinder with #4 or 5's.

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Originally Posted by booskay
If you are a good shot use full choke --------- if you cant hit the side of a barn , use IC.


You can’t even use full choke on most steel loads, will banana your barrel. On teal over decoys I have shot threads, no choke and smoked teal at 40 yards. MOD patterns like FULL with Waterfowl loads.

IC plenty unless shooting 100% passing shots, or ducks not decoying, cutting you short


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Re: Which choke and shells for early teal [Re: Greekangler] #7929735 08/10/20 03:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Greekangler


Originally Posted by booskay
If you are a good shot use full choke --------- if you cant hit the side of a barn , use IC.


You can’t even use full choke on most steel loads, will banana your barrel. On teal over decoys I have shot threads, no choke and smoked teal at 40 yards. MOD patterns like FULL with Waterfowl loads.

IC plenty unless shooting 100% passing shots, or ducks not decoying, cutting you short


Steel also ping pongs around in the barrel before leaving, so you get flyers and inconsistent patterns when you choke steel down.


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Re: Which choke and shells for early teal [Re: bigbuckboy] #7930432 08/10/20 07:25 PM
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ooops, my bad ----- Greekangler and kwood are both correct ---------- full is not good with steel shot.

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