How many pellets per bird

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  1. dwhauss

    dwhauss Senior Refuge Member

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    How many shot hits on a bird do you guys get on the average? I changed how I shoot this year, and added a new choke, and my birds have been peppered. Between 7-15 pellets in a bird. Most shots in the 30-35 yd range. I also got a kicks choke, and patterned the gun, Vinci.
    Found out that the barrell needs to be below the bird, not same elevation as the bird.
     
  2. bang you'r dead

    bang you'r dead Canada Forum Mod. Eh! Moderator Flyway Manager

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    I prefer about 1/2 that number. Use a SKI choke for everything , and still get good kill ratio without shredding the bird. Open up another 0.005-0.01 " and give that a try.
     
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    callinfowl Kalifornia Forum

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    That's to tight for the range you're shooting try IC ,skt or a cylinder spreader choke.
     
  4. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    Go modified or IC at those ranges, anything more shreds birds. Most hunters tend to use too tight of choke resulting in missed or shredded birds. I prefer a gun that shoots a bit high so the bird has to be on top of the barrel, your eyes are never off the target as it is never covered by the bead.
     
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    Duck-Hunter Senior Refuge Member

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    I have a Carlson mid range choke. I love it. Never counted pellets, birds are in great shape.

    I used a patternmaster Xtra full... Aka the Chainsaw. It was great for swatting cripples in between decoys. Miss by an inch might as well be a mile. Boooooyyyy, when connected. Looked like a down pillow was packed with tannerite.
     
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    10GAGENUT Elite Refuge Member Flyway Manager

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    Been my observations from recovered birds that you need 2-3 hits in vitals to drop most. 7-15 hits depends where your hitting the birds.
     
  7. salthunter

    salthunter Moderator Moderator

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    I mostly shoot decoying geese. Often under 20 yards. I try to head shoot, preventing massive shedding to the breasts.
    What a mess when shot too close in the body
    3-7 shot in the head in neck and the bird is dead in the air
     
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  8. dwhauss

    dwhauss Senior Refuge Member

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    How do you aim for head shots? Lead the head not the bird by focusing on that?
     
  9. Native NV Ducker

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

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    Yup. Same size as a clays target. Just need to adjust your focus.
    Not easy at first.
     
  10. bill cooksey

    bill cooksey Elite Refuge Member

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    Works for ducks too. Focus on the front of the bird.
     

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