collapse
Advertise on Hunting-Washington Double U Hunting Supply

Author Topic: 20 gauge duck load?  (Read 4951 times)

Offline 270Shooter

  • NRA Life Member
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Oct 2008
  • Posts: 3790
  • Location: Yakima
20 gauge duck load?
« on: October 10, 2008, 08:14:46 PM »
I'm thinking of using my 20 gauge for ducks this season. But i can't decide which load to use. I have a box of Kent Fasteels 3inchers with 7/8 oz. of 2 shot in them at about 1550 fps. Is 2 shot too much for ducks?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks :)
Benelli's- Feed em' Feds

Offline quacker whacker

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Hunter
  • ***
  • Join Date: Oct 2007
  • Posts: 233
  • Location: Whitefish, MT
Re: 20 gauge duck load?
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2008, 08:53:59 PM »
little bit different situation, but i use 12 ga. 3.5 inch 2 shot for duck and they work very well for me. 

Offline addicted

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Old Salt
  • ******
  • Join Date: Jul 2007
  • Posts: 5078
  • Location: A forest near you
  • The famous FootDog
Re: 20 gauge duck load?
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2008, 09:20:07 PM »
2's arent  bad. some people like to used twos cuz they can go for ducks or geese.
"Right now, I am thinking that If my grandmother was here, she would be lecturing me about how there are poor people in Africa, that would just love to have a Ruger, I would just say "Great, granny, lets just ship all the Rugers to Africa!"


Loving life in the Great Northwest one day at a time.

It sounds like it's time to get a new gun.

Offline Curly

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Explorer
  • ******
  • Join Date: Mar 2007
  • Posts: 17204
  • Location: Thurston County
Re: 20 gauge duck load?
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2008, 09:42:17 PM »
You won't get very many pellets in a 7/8 oz load of 2's, but it should work.  I like 2's in a 12 ga load for decoying ducks.  I also like 1's for the 12ga if the ducks are going to be a little farther out there.
 
For 20ga, I think 3's or 4's might be a little better since you'll have more pellets in your pattern; but since you already have the 2's.......give them a try and see how they work.
May I always be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.

><((((>` ><((((>. ><((((>.><((((>

Offline General Disarray

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: May 2007
  • Posts: 394
  • Location: Selah
Re: 20 gauge duck load?
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2008, 10:30:45 PM »
Definitely go with 3's or 4's if you know how to decoy the birds in close.  Bi-Mart in Yakima had a bunch of Kent Fasteel 20ga 4's on sale in Sept but somebody must've bought all they had since they were so cheap!!! :dunno:

If you don't want to spend a fortun on them, check Griggs Dept store in Pasco.  I found some Estate 3" 1oz 3's there for $11/box. They also had the lighter, faster loads a little cheaper but I'm always for more pellets.
hey, where's Professor Chaos? Anyone seen him?

This post will be deleted in 5, 4, 3, 2....

Offline BBob

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Pilgrim
  • *
  • Join Date: Oct 2008
  • Posts: 5
  • Location: Snohomish
Re: 20 gauge duck load?
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2008, 02:34:45 PM »
I prefer 1 oz of 3's in Federal as first choice. I also use 7/8 oz Kent 2's and only use the 20 over decoys.   Bill

Offline Intruder

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Sep 2007
  • Posts: 1722
  • Location: Spo-Vegas
Re: 20 gauge duck load?
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2008, 01:12:00 PM »
When mechanical decoys were legal I used to shoot my 20 a lot.  I'd shoot steel in my O/U w/ skeet (3" 4s) and imp cyl (3" 3s) tubes in it.  Great out to about 25- 30 yards.  I remember hunting a small pond and limiting on 3 consecutive trips and never taking a shot over 20 yards.

You might try 3" Heavy Shot.....

Offline wadu1

  • Grumpy
  • Virtual Campfire
  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Sep 2008
  • Posts: 2819
  • Location: Tacoma
  • RMEF, DU, NRA, PFE
Re: 20 gauge duck load?
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2008, 07:27:39 AM »
 :hello:
I shoot my Twenty all the time on decoying ducks on fresh water. I use both the Kent Fast Steel 3" #2 and Remington Nitro-Steel 3" 1oz #2. Salt Water ducks I use a 12 ga with Kent Fast Steel #2 for the first two shots and the third is a BB. If the birds are decoying in close I hand load 28ga with 5/8 oz of #4 Heavy shot (if I can find it) and the same with .410.
 :twocents:
"a fronte praecipitium a tergo lupi"

Offline Professor Chaos

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Hunter
  • ***
  • Join Date: Dec 2007
  • Posts: 199
Re: 20 gauge duck load?
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2008, 08:38:47 AM »
what are the chances you'd handload a few non-tox 28ga loads for someone else?   :dunno: For a fair price of course.
I love shooting my 28 but have yet to find a reasonable way to do it for waterfowl.
Bringer of Destruction and Doom

Offline Thenewguy

  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Longhunter
  • *****
  • Join Date: Sep 2008
  • Posts: 814
  • Location: Big Sky Country
  • Not the newest new guy
Re: 20 gauge duck load?
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2008, 08:56:44 AM »
All i know is a 20 gauge is OK versus ducks. more of a quail gun imp use smaller sized shot at least

Offline KwackWacker

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Hunter
  • ***
  • Join Date: Oct 2008
  • Posts: 127
  • Location: Yak Valley
Re: 20 gauge duck load?
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2008, 03:16:39 PM »
That's what I used when I was shooting a A-5 20 for the kwackers......2's are definatley not too big, especially w/ a 20 gauge. #4's are my favorite though.

Offline abe henderson

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Pilgrim
  • *
  • Join Date: Oct 2008
  • Posts: 31
  • Location: Spokane, WA
Re: 20 gauge duck load?
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2008, 05:20:58 PM »
I'd love to try a 20 gauge for waterfowl, probably will in a couple years.  I'd use 3" 4s faststeel.  I shoot 2 3/4" 4s in my 12 and it knocks the piss outta the ducks and pheasies (a lot of times I can jump shoot while pheasant hunting).  Good luck.

Abe

 

* Recent Topics

***SOLD***thank you! by Meat Truck
[Today at 04:13:42 AM]


Good Blacktail down. by Blacktail Sniper
[Today at 12:48:42 AM]


2017 Got it done by Blacktail Sniper
[Today at 12:47:32 AM]


Hirshey's Washington Hunts 2017 by bowhunterforever
[Today at 12:15:44 AM]


The neck by lokidog
[Yesterday at 11:55:18 PM]


BIG BUCK UP!!! by PlateauNDN
[Yesterday at 11:51:12 PM]


First bear ever - BIG boar down! by robodad
[Yesterday at 10:57:36 PM]


Golden Retriever Puppies by lokidog
[Yesterday at 10:55:39 PM]


Multiple AR uppers 5.56, 6x45 and 270 AR by jpharcher
[Yesterday at 10:49:10 PM]


PUPPIES! Our Golden Retriever Amber by lokidog
[Yesterday at 10:45:20 PM]


Dayton-Marengo by Maverick
[Yesterday at 10:34:38 PM]


Multi season permits, good or bad? by PolarBear
[Yesterday at 10:11:57 PM]


2017 Deer, post them here (photos & stats) by chuckster
[Yesterday at 10:11:16 PM]


Wife's opening day Mulie by Calvin Rayborn
[Yesterday at 09:58:23 PM]


Popular place by Naches Sportsman
[Yesterday at 09:54:57 PM]


Jolly mtn fire, Teanaway GMU 335 by slowhand
[Yesterday at 09:50:33 PM]


Well, this is gonna be different..... by fishnfur
[Yesterday at 09:47:19 PM]


FS:Beeman SK X2 Dual Caliber Air Rifle(NEW) by Tiger1358
[Yesterday at 09:47:16 PM]


Who you look'un at? by Elkcollector82
[Yesterday at 09:38:48 PM]


wtb knight bighorn 50 cal. rifle by Lefty315
[Yesterday at 09:21:45 PM]