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New guy steel shot props.

Postby only1kirk » Thu Nov 25, 2021 11:42 am

So this my 2nd season duck hunting. We hunt in a marsh on the ES of MD. We shoot at ducks with steel but they don't die. We see were hitting them but they just take off. We're using 12 g 3inch steel #4. We patterned our guns using Carlson creamator modified choke and shoot trap for practice. Killing ducks with steel is like trying to kill a bear with a whiffleball bat. So what's the big secret? What am I missing? Thanks.
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Re: New guy steel shot props.

Postby Rick » Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:42 pm

If you are hitting them with steel 4s at 40 yards or under and they're flying off, you're hitting the duster, instead of the handle. Only thing wrong with steel is that it gives guys what they think an excuse for poor marksmanship or range estimation.
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Re: New guy steel shot props.

Postby only1kirk » Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:00 pm

Hmm good to know. I thought I was crazy guess I'll keep plugging away and try to shoot more ahead of the bird.
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Re: New guy steel shot props.

Postby Duck Engr » Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:04 pm

Had an old Canadian say “ya got ta shoot ‘em in da head dere bub” when talking about killing geese. Put some more lead on them.
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Re: New guy steel shot props.

Postby Rick » Fri Nov 26, 2021 12:15 pm

Or "where the corn goes in, not out".
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Re: New guy steel shot props.

Postby only1kirk » Fri Nov 26, 2021 7:34 pm

Lol great info. Shoot them in the head. Seems like common sense has escaped me. It's a habit to aim for the big part. I'll put more of a lead on them. Thanks.
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