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Info on duck hunting ? #8354082 08/17/21 01:13 PM
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Hey everyone I have a question I’ve been into deer and exotics my whole life and of course every September just like most I participate in Dove!
This year I’m thinking about going on a Duck hunt and extend my hunting season after deer is over. The property I am going to be hunting on will have everything from teal , wood duck and green head I was told I figured I would stock up on a little bit of ammunition however that’s the problem I’m facing what do you guys recommend Shell wise?
What shot is used for duck especially what I’m going to be around “ hopefully “

I tried to search for this information before asking however I had no luck so I figured I would make a post.

Thanks for any help given

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One hunt. Buy a box of #3 steel. Plenty of folks have different favorites. I shoot the cheap stuff. Rio royal blue or Winchester expert. There is a fellow from Waskom that usually tells all the newbies they need bismuth. You don’t.

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Thanks for reply!

Re: Info on duck hunting ? [Re: StephensCnty308] #8354238 08/17/21 03:37 PM
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What the Smokey said. Anything from #3-#5 will work. Keep in mind that steel patterns a little tighter than lead.

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Originally Posted by 68A
What the Smokey said. Anything from #3-#5 will work. Keep in mind that steel patterns a little tighter than lead.


Good info !!!!! Yeah I’m going to get some and practice a little.
Do you use Mod or IM choke?

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Originally Posted by StephensCnty308
Originally Posted by 68A
What the Smokey said. Anything from #3-#5 will work. Keep in mind that steel patterns a little tighter than lead.


Good info !!!!! Yeah I’m going to get some and practice a little.
Do you use Mod or IM choke?

IMO 3" #3 is a good shell for any duck. I'm not sure how much of a difference it actually makes, but with that size I feel like I can knock down a big duck at 40+ yards and still not blow up a teal at 15 yards. Anything larger and you will end up with ducks with holes in the meat you can stick a finger through.

If you're shooting inside 30-35 yards IC works fine. Early season and pond hunting I stick with it. I have an aftermarket choke that's a little tighter than MOD (not quite IM) that I use late season on big water. You can overchoke steel like 68A mentioned.


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Ive used IC, LM and mod. I find LM works best for me. It’s in between IC and mod. In your case, I wouldn’t go out and spend extra money if it’s just going to be an occasional hunt over private tanks. Stick with IC.

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I've always had good results with steel #4s. But a few years ago I knew we were going to be in some tight flooded timber with fast, tight pass shooting so I went to steel #6s and had real good luck.

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Thank you each and everyone of you are giving great info.
I’m gonna look into 3’ and 4 and see I’m thinking

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I like a 3 inch #4 pellet, usually it is Remington from Walmart, through an IC choke

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