What shot do you use?

Discussion in 'Shooting - Reloading Forum' started by olepal, Feb 6, 2018.

What do you normally shoot for ducks?

  1. Steel

    82.8%
  2. Heavy Steel

    1.7%
  3. Bismuth

    4.3%
  4. Tungsten

    6.0%
  5. Other (name it)

    5.2%
  1. olepal

    olepal Elite Refuge Member

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    Just curious about how many of you pay for and shoot anything other than standard steel shot.
     
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  2. olepal

    olepal Elite Refuge Member

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    Have never bought anything other than normal steel shot.
     
  3. Luigi Daniele

    Luigi Daniele Elite Refuge Member

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    Bismuth 6’s
    For geese, too
     
  4. duckman54

    duckman54 Senior Refuge Member

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    I have bought some tungsten products that were being discontinued such as Federal Heavyweight that
    were being sold at a very good price, although I don't find many opportunities I feel I need to use it.

    Pretty much just use steel 2's and 3's, as they do the job quite well for where I shoot my ducks.
     
  5. Seahawk18

    Seahawk18 Senior Refuge Member

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    In my 20 ga I use 3 and 4 steel exclusively for ducks and the new Hevi-X in 2s for geese.
     
  6. bill cooksey

    bill cooksey Elite Refuge Member

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    I've shot thousands of rounds of bismuth and tungsten, but I've only bought steel the last ten years or so. The heavier stuff is definitely superior, but steel is fine for the type of shooting I do.
     
  7. Mack270

    Mack270 New Member

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    I use steel for everything at the moment, I've found several good loads for the different types of duck hunting situations I end up in. However, I am planning on patterning a box of Hevi-x this spring and depending on the results it might be something I use on big water instead of steel. I wish I could convince myself to pay for Tungsten Matrix as I've seen it used to great effect by better shots than I am. I just can't quite wrap my head around four dollars a shot.
     
  8. sleeping_dogs

    sleeping_dogs Senior Refuge Member

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    I too haven't shot anything but steel for years now, but in the last couple of years on occasion I have used Black Cloud successfully on late season mallards when they are call shy and I'm having to take longer shots. It works well for me.
     
  9. CA Birdman

    CA Birdman Elite Refuge Member

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    I have some tungsten and other high density from years back, just sits in the cabinet. On a rare day I may grab a box of 10 for geese. Can usually get them to 35 yards or less, no need to shoot $2 rounds.
     
  10. Native NV Ducker

    Native NV Ducker Mod-Duck Hunters Forum, Classifieds, and 2 others Moderator Flyway Manager

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    Um, black cloud IS steel.
     
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