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Discussion in 'Shooting - Reloading Forum' started by Chesapeakecody, Aug 13, 2019.
All the divers and coots get the 3 1/2 BB treatment
You still like shooting those coots, more power to for sure.
1’s will flat out get the job done on divers and sea ducks. Don’t need many swatter loads.
#1's (steel) do the job in quite a number of situations.
I could never get steel 1's to pattern well in my Gold 10 and I tried 9 different choke tubes, all of my 12 gauge guns do a good job with them as did my SP-10.
Just one of those thing I guess.
1's and BB's for divers and seaducks??? That explains why there is so much talk of swatting cripples.
I prefer 4s for divers in the decoys. Doesnt take a big hole in a pattern for a lesser bluebill to get through and come out alive. Give me pattern denisty for divers any day over pellet energy.
For me and my hunting partner at least when I was in the Carolinas many times you didn't get the opportunity for close in shots, there were days when Bluebills wouldn't come in any closer than 45 yards and do that break neck speeds. We used large shot sizes quite a few times especially if there was any kind of wind, #2 steel for me was an all around favorite. The only birds I really used smaller shot sizes on were Buffies but that story already know.
2's were as big as I ever went and only with 1 1/4oz or more. Same old routine of using the tightest choke possible made them ok, just ok though. Cripple rates on longer shots are going to go way up, it' just how it goes. Inside of 40 yards, nothing beats a tight pattern of 3's or 4's on divers unless you go to hevi or HW.
A lot depends on you shooting situation, we worked the bays a lot of days and the wind sometimes dictated shot size, we did shoot a few lakes with pretty good bird populations when they were around, many times in those situations smaller shot sizes did very well.