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What load to ues for swan

Discussion in 'North / South Carolina Flyway Forum' started by Gilleland, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. Gilleland

    Gilleland New Member

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    Hey guys, I'm new to waterfowl hunting and got lucky this season and was picked for a swan permit. I'm needing some opinions on what size load to shoot. Thanks Rick
     
  2. LeadMaster3.5

    LeadMaster3.5 Senior Refuge Member

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    you can't go wrong with 3-1/2 BB, but many swans have been taken with #4 shot and arrows. I like to shoot #2 and aim for the head.
     
  3. wdsprenticem

    wdsprenticem Senior Refuge Member

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    I always shoot T & aim for the head.
     
  4. tsmart

    tsmart Elite Refuge Member

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    T's or buck shot.

    T.
     
  5. Jimbob

    Jimbob Elite Refuge Member

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    BBB's
     
  6. Powerstrokn247

    Powerstrokn247 Elite Refuge Member

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    I killed mine last year with #3 Dryloks but I think I got lucky.

    Im planning on using 3 1/2" BBB this year. Hevi-shot BB is good too
     
  7. 7Husker

    7Husker Refuge Member

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    I have always killed mine while duck hunting. Whatever waterfowl load you use will get the swan on the ground with a head/neck shot.
     
  8. videographer

    videographer Elite Refuge Member

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    do people actually eat swans?:scratch
     
  9. Rubberhead

    Rubberhead Elite Refuge Member

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    I make jerky out of the breast meat. The leg quarters make a great roast, though.

    Every swan shot on this video was killed with #2 steel (shoot for the head), except for the .410 bird which was shot with #2 bismuth. The swan that had to be finished off on the ground was initially shot with #2 steel, but the final ground shot was Hard Tungsten BBs. The swan killed off camera by my son, was killed with two shots of #2 Fasteel out of a 20 gauge youth model. He was going down hard with one shot, but I told my son to hit him again. The second shot buckled him dead-in-the-air.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sClQAJmhWvY
     
  10. MagTen

    MagTen Senior Refuge Member

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    For longer shots, Remington HD in 2s or 4s work great if you lead correctly and hit the head and neck. The smaller shot provides a denser pattern for the brain and spinal column. You can kill them with anything when they decoy well.

    Shots to the body with big shot are mortal, but often don't bring them down quickly. Remember, lead them properly and kill them quickly with head and neck shots.

    MagTen
     

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