What is the best shot for ducks?

Asked By: Lhouceine Churyukin | Last Updated: 9th February, 2020
Category: sports hunting and shooting
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SPECIES IDEAL RANGE SHOT SIZE
Small Ducks 15-40 yds 4, 5, 6
Large Ducks 10-40 yds BB,1, 2, 3
Geese 10-45 yds T, BBB, BB

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Similarly, it is asked, what are the best shotgun shells for duck hunting?

View the slideshow to see our picks for the five shotgun shells worth shooting this duck season.

  • 1) Kent Upland FastSteel. Kent makes a great waterfowl shell in their Upland FastSteel option.
  • 2) Kent Tungsten-Matrix.
  • 3) Federal Premium Black Cloud.
  • 4) Winchester Blind Side.
  • 5) Remington HyperSonic Steel.

Beside above, do you have to use steel shot for ducks? Steel Shot. In more and more areas, laws require waterfowl hunters to use steel shot rather than the traditional (and toxic) lead shot. But even if given the option, many hunters are confused by the distinction. But only lead shot contaminates the environment afterwards, if it fails to find its mark.

Hereof, is 6 shot good for ducks?

When shooting small ducks such as Teal, or other birds such as Snipe, a smaller shot size is going to be the best option. 6 shot shells will work well for any small duck.

Can you duck hunt with 2 3 4 shells?

However, if you're willing to spend the money, you can get heavier-than-lead shot for waterfowl hunting (Hevi Shot and a number of others). It's expensive, but it works well, retains velocity and energy much farther out than steel, and you can buy 1 1/4 oz. loads in 2 3/4" shells. No need for 3" shells.

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What choke to use for ducks?

Avoid using full lead chokes with steel shot because the constriction is too tight. For ducks and geese that are close, improved cylinder or even skeet constriction choke work well. If the birds are farther out, a modified choke tube is better.

Are 3.5 inch shells worth it?

If you can handle the recoil, 3.5-inch shotgun shell (top) offers better performance over 3-inch shotgun shell. Part of the reason is that non-toxic ammo is much better today than in the early days of steel shot, making 3-inch shells plenty effective for most situations. But the bigger issue is recoil.

Why is lead shot illegal?

Mounting evidence that lead poisoning was killing ducks, or that lead ingestion was lowering their resistance to fatal diseases such as avian cholera, compelled the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to announce that after a specified date, lead shot would no longer be allowed for waterfowl hunting.

Will Target loads kill?

It may “kill them with enough time they also kill the holder of the shotgun”. Birdshot is for birds. Target loads are for target shooting. At a close enough range it certainly could be fatal, but at that same range the intruder could also have grabbed the gun by the barrel and “not be shot”.

Where do you aim when shooting ducks?


Aim slightly below the bird, raise the gun up into its flight path, and pull the trigger when the gun barrel blots out the bird. Or, if the duck is descending to land, aim at its feet and shoot. By the time the shot charge gets on target, the duck will have dropped into the middle of the pattern.

How many boxes of shells do you need for duck hunting?

Duck hunters are only allowed to use a shotgun, 10 gauge or smaller, that carries no more than three shells. If the shotgun carries more than three shells, the hunter is required to “plug” the gun so that only three shots can be fired before reloading.

Is shooting ducks on the water illegal?

It is legal to shoot a duck on the water, though his vitals (other then his head) ride mostly under water.

What size shot is BB?

Birdshot
US Size EU Size Nominal diameter
BB .180" (4.57 mm)
Air Rifle BBBB or 2/0 .177" (4.50 mm)
B .170" (4.32 mm)
No.1 .160" (4.06 mm)

What shot size?

The size of the lead shot that is produced is determined by the diameter of the orifice used to drip the lead, ranging from approximately 0.018 inches (0.46 mm) for #9 lead shot to about 0.025 inches (0.64 mm) for #6 or #7.0 shot, while also depending on the specific lead alloy that is used.

What size shot is best for sporting clays?


According to the NSCA rule book, for sporting clays, if you are shooting 12-gauge lead shot, you are limited to a maximum of 1 1/8-ounce load. Shot size must be between 7 1/2 and 9. For steel shot, shot size of up to 6 is permitted.

Will 4 shot kill a goose?

A 1 1/4 oz load of 4's starting at 1450 fps or higher and keeping an even pattern will kill geese cleanly and ethically inside 30 yards.

Can you hunt with target loads?

Target loads are low brass, and are suited to some upland bird hunting. The issue w/ lead and waterfowl is that birds like Loon actually eat the shot, or fish that have eaten the shot. Here in NH it is steel shot for waterfowl, even if you are miles from a body of water.

Is T shot good for geese?

T shot is very large. It is used for goose and crane hunting.

How do you bait ducks?


Baiting is the use of corn or grain to lure ducks and geese within shotgun range. The usual approach is to broadcast it in the shallows surrounding a blind. The birds cannot resist this easily obtained food, as the market gunners of years past well knew.

What shot size for teal?

5 or No. 6 shot are ideal. Whereas a 1 1/8-ounce load of No. 2 steel contains about 140 pellets, 1 1/8-ounces of No.

Does steel shot damage shotgun barrels?

It is hard to miss. You use steel shot at your own risk and while thicker plastic shot cups are designed to lessen or minimize the damage in modern shotshell barrels, they are not represented as guaranteed to do so and the shotshell manufacturers accept no responsibility for any damage to your barrel.