Re: suggestions for shells
Well if this doesnt start out like the .300win vs .300wby debate!
Both sides (heavy shot vs standard) are right. I take this years end of the season hunting as a personal challange to adjust my decoy/and calling technique to bring em in close enough to use affordable ammo! As we all know calling in late season birds is extremely difficult(hence the heavy shot for extended range), but nesisity being the mother of invention, I might learn something about my own calling/decoying techniques and be able to adjust. Im too poor to buy 10 shells when i can get 25 for the same price this year.
Normally Ill have a box or two of heavy shot on hand incase the ducks/geese seem to be hanging up just on the edge of being in range for the days hunt. Its very effective and sometimes even worth the price. Adjusting for the extra 10 to 15 yards as well as the difference in speed of the shot at that range can get EXPENSIVE! If you decide to switch in the middle of your hunt, stick with it and DONT switch back for that hunt. Your lead and internal ''in range'' beacon get way out of whack.
Bottom line IMHO, you need both on hand. Depending on what the days hunt brings /high winds /call shy birds etc. both the cheap ammo and rediculous priced ammo are great tools. To choose 1 over the other permanently, shortens the tools at hand. ex. why shoot heavy shot if your birds are bombing into your deeks on a calm day? If youve got that much $ go ahead i guess, but id rather save $ so i could afford to get out there 1 more day.
Here in the northwest conditions change multiple times daily so youve gotta be able to adjust or you go home. I personally use 3" #2's for ducks in my auto-loader,and 3"#1's pattern better in my pump.(& im talkin Rem sportsmans high speed steel 1400 fps 1 1/4 oz loads) Cheap, but effective! For geese I use 3 1/2" BB or T's. As far as heavy shot goes, heavy #2's are effective on ducks and close in geese. pick a bigger load that patterns well out of your gun for longer range goose whackin. Youll be happy to have both in your ''tool box''. Good hunting winmag
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