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Old 03-01-2009, 07:20 PM
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Has any one use Black Cloud for hunting?
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:15 AM
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Re: Black cloud

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Has any one use Black Cloud for hunting?
Yes.

At normal decoy ranges it seemed to work ok .But at longer ranges (40 to 60yrds) it did not.

We shot several patterns @ 60yrds and found the problem.

As you know the black cloud uses two different sizes and shapes of shot (There are several
othes manufactures that do the same) and as with all duplex shot loads the heaver shot
impact at a different spot than the lighter shot giving you essentialy two different patterns.

This reduces the shot count on target at longer distances.

Stick with a recomended shot size and distance and you will be more successful in the end.

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Old 03-03-2009, 09:31 AM
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Re: Black cloud

A lot of your success with that load depends on the choke you use. Patternmaster makes one for that load. There are so many out there that simply dont work with BlackCloud. If you use the proper choke you will be pleased. Problem is that choke stinks with normal shells.

Go figure.
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Old 03-03-2009, 08:10 PM
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Re: Black cloud

In my SBE2 with a IC choke it seemed to shoot too tight for decoying divers but worked well on decoying geese, using #2's. I have not patterned it. I was running low on shells and was given a box while hunting and went right to using it. I think I'll stick with hevi-steel for ducks, works well for me. My cousin field hunts for geese and shot a case of it this year and was very pleased. It is not a be all, end all but certainly has a place.

Gene
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Old 03-04-2009, 06:07 PM
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Re: Black cloud

would a improved modified with BBB be good for geese
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Old 03-05-2009, 08:51 AM
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Re: Black cloud

You'd have to try it. But everything I've heard is that more open chokes work better to allow the wad design to work the way it's meant to. BBB would be good for late season or long range geese but not needed for early season or close decoy work. 2's worked well for me on decoying geese with the IC choke.

As with any load, always best to pattern first.

Gene
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:27 PM
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Re: Black cloud

I used it hunting geese a number of times and was impressed on the wound channels in created. To me, though its overkill, especially over decoys with birds coming towards you. I dont want pencil size holes in everything I shoot. But i think it has its place.
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