Boss 12 gauge 2-3/4 inch #3/5 loads

SB2MAG

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Does anybody have any experience with these loads for geese? I shoot a very old winchester model 12 with a fixed full choke so I can't shoot steel through it. In testing bigger pellet sizes for turkeys I found that it shoots incredibly loose and holy patterns with bigger shot (#4) but it patterns very well with the #5 boss shells. My thought is that the duplex load might work in this particular gun because it's not a full charge of bigger pellets and the 5s should fill out the pattern a bit. I could be totally off on this but it's a compelling argument in my own mind.

These are the patterns with the boss #5s
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A friend has shot numerous geese with bismuth 5s. He says not a problem out to 40-45 yards.


4s are good for ducks and geese out to 50 yards.

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I’ve also had very good success with Bismuth 2s out of Great Grandpa’s LC smith.

Bismuth BBs at 75 yards makes goose craters.

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BTW, I’ve never patterned any bismuth 12ga shells. Bismuth just works well.
 
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Same lead as I used in lead shot working well for me and the rest of the blind.
 

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I too have heard the same thing with the Boss loads and fragment pieces in the meat...a lot of it actually. HOWEVER, as far as the ballistics side of their loads, they are definitely killer and all the guys I've talked to said the same thing that they are deadly. I guess that's the trade off though: you will bring them down but expect some pellet fragments. I know they supposedly coat their pellets so they don't have the break down like some of the other brands do, but I'm still hearing otherwise. I thought that Kent stopped making some of their bismuth loads because of this same issue?
 

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Just from observations and not shooting them myself. The 3/5s will be great for ducks/little geese. They'll be great for big geese too when they're playing right, but so are steel 3s. For big geese I'd stick with a straight load of 3s or larger if you're actually shooting them at 40+(not a duck hunters estimated 40yds). I've seen too many loads of straight 5s bounce off of big late season geese that were killed with steel 2s shortly after. They do make a bloody mess when headshot in the decoys though.
 

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Just remember the Boss ammo is less FPS than steel. It takes a bit of getting accustom to however once on target they do a really good job.
As fast as steel slows down there is a very small difference.
 

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