#2 steel in a 20ga

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  1. Drake91

    Drake91 Senior Refuge Member

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    Who had luck with patterning #2 steel in 1oz. Loads in a 20 and should it be chokes less than modified... I know the patterning board would tell me the answer I just wonder if it's worth a try... just looking for #2 for geese
     
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    I’ve had good luck with #1’s in the 20 for geese. Not great patterns but I drop geese. I don’t notice much difference between Carlson’s Lm or Hevi **** ext range. Both were 66 pellets in a 30 inch circle at 40 yards. Most of my shots are 15-30. F9D74A35-BBC2-4253-A3E4-CE00D1D560CA.jpeg 6D8661C8-A22E-4377-8766-0C27C2FA2C6A.jpeg
     
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    That would hammer a goose... im gonna try a carlson delta waterfowl mid range it's a mod constriction and gonna see how #3 and #4 steel pattern this weekend long as the choke gets here by then... then maybe try some 1oz. #2's of I can find some
     
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    05A1E1D0-CA69-4DB0-9DA8-0516E74A84F9.jpeg BC8CB795-6465-42C5-A476-47386582B0A0.jpeg First one is 7/8 oz kent Fasteel #3 at 30 yards through a Hevi shot ext range. 2nd is kent Fasteel 4 at 30 through a Trulock IM .
     
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    Wow then #4's gotta be a 100% pattern at 30 yards I shot them shells last year at woodies and mallard cleaned em out with that shell
     
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    My Affinity really likes 4’s. Anything bigger gets a little tough. Fine for geese but the pattern density is suspect for ducks. I like bismuth 4’s for a combo duck goose load. Here’s Kent Bismuth 4’s at 30 with a hevi shot ext range. 16E42554-A841-4370-94E4-5FFA397DBABE.jpeg
     
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    I thought about trying bismuth for geese leave steel for ducks... since I only hunt geese a few times a season... I saw a few boxes of hevi bismuth #2 in 1 1/8oz thought about buying for that
     
  8. Joe Hunter

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    Here are some of my 20-gauge 3-inch 1-ounce #2 steel load and pattern numbers to give you an idea of what you might get from different chokes.

    Pattern numbers from a 20-gauge Browning Citori with 28" Invector-plus barrels and Briley flush chokes (patterns average of five, 30" post-shot scribed circle, yardage taped muzzle to target, and in-shell pellet count average of five).

    20 GA 3" REMINGTON NITRO-STEEL MAGNUM LOAD
    1 oz #2 steel (118 pellets) @ 1330 fps
    30 YARDS – SK / pattern 101 (86%)
    30 YARDS – IC / pattern 105 (89%)
    30 YARDS – M / pattern 114 (97%)
    40 YARDS – M / pattern 88 (75%)
    40 YARDS – IM / pattern 99 (84%)

    Pattern 2, 20ga 3 Rem Nitro #2 steel, Citori SK 30yd.jpg
    Pattern 6, 20ga 3 Rem Nitro #2 steel, Citori IM 40yd.jpg
    These are the chokes I'd go with for decoying geese.

    Hope this helps, good luck!
     
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    Joe, it’s too bad they don’t make Nitro Steel #2 for the 20 anymore. That’s a wonderful pattern!
     
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    I agree can only get it in #4 anymore... and I like the velocity being 1400fps for their 1oz load...
     

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