And if steel isn’t good enough, there are premium shotshells that can out preform lead in patterning and energy at distance. I agree with most others that 7 1/2 lead shot can be very effective on ducks within 35 yards, and even large ducks like mallards will fall to a tight pattern of the little shot.
Can you use 7 shot for ducks?
7’s have no place in waterfowl hunting, even as swatters in my opinion. Usually if we are trying to swat a duck it is on the long side of range and the smaller shot is worthless.
Is 6 shot good for duck hunting?
Small shot works for multi-purpose hunting. 6 shot in a 2¾-inch housing. … Ballistics data indicated that at about 35 yards, this load loses effective killing power on ducks.
Will 4 shot kill a duck?
So, given that the debate over the ideal shotshell for ducks used to center on No. 6 versus No. 4 lead shot, shouldn’t the steel debate pit a load of No. … For geese and big, tough ducks such as eiders and scoters, the downrange energy afforded by larger shot can outweigh its drawbacks.
Is 8 shot good for ducks?
If your questioning the lethality of #8 shot (or even #9) I can assure you it is quite effective on ducks. I shot it quite a bit back in the old days with great results.
Will 1 shot kill geese?
Duckwise Elite Refuge Member. You can get 1 1/4oz 2 3/4″ loads but they are the slow ones I would stick to the 1 1/8oz 3’s are good for Duck and 1s are killer on geese over decoys.
Is 5 shot good for ducks?
5 or No. 6 shot shells will work well for any small duck.
Why do I keep missing ducks?
A key reason for missing ducks and geese is shooting too fast. Some hunters think they have to shoot quickly before the birds flare out of range.
Will 2 shot kill a goose?
I have found out that the #2 is about the best all around load for me. If your gun patterns it well it will kill geese to 40 yards easy. I shoot a 675 terror tube and the 2’s are deadly on geese. All these were with 2′.
Is 4 shot good for mallards?
With a good patterning load plus the 1550fps vels, the 4s will kill mallards to 40 yards but it can make for some tough shooting.
Why use steel shot for ducks?
With the advent of the 1991-92 season, steel shot will be required for goose and duck hunting throughout the nation. The switch to steel is being made because spent lead pellets accidentally ingested kill millions of waterfowl annually. … Sometimes steel shot shells were unavailable.
How far can you shoot a duck?
Pay attention to a duck’s size at 20, 30, and 40 yards. The majority of all birds taken are within a 40-yard range. Learning how a duck appears at these three distances will help you successfully harvest game more efficiently and minimize the wounding of birds out of range.
How far is too far to shoot a duck?
Although duck hunters do kill birds at 60 or 65 yards, longdistance shooting is something to avoid. I tell all who ask me for advice on this to shoot at nothing beyond 45 yards. The worst result of long-distance shooting, or ”sky busting,” is that many birds hit with a few pellets go away to die.