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Old 10-11-2013, 12:25 PM
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I bought a case of Hevi-Shot a number of years ago & it seemed to be the BEST waterfowl load I've ever shot. Tried some new stuff last year, BlackCloud & Hevi-Metal, that didn't seem nearly as good. Need some new shells, what's THE BEST out there right now, still Hevi-Shot? I think I was shooting #2s at the time & the HS would knock the smack outta them birds. I'm hunting ducks & geese - ducks over ponds, small creeks/runs, & flooded timber, geese over both fields & water.
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Old 10-12-2013, 04:41 PM
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You already have it. HS. I shoot the Hevi-Metal in 4's for ducks over dekes and 2's n BB's for geese. 3" for 95% of all my work. I back it up, 3rd shot for by myself, and solely HS with clients as back-up for cripples.
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:19 AM
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You won't believe it but back when lead was allowed, I shot strictly 7 1/2's. Crazy but I could load 525+ pellets in a single 2 3/4 inch shell with velocity of 1190 ft/sec. regularly killed them up to 60 yards & that's no bull.
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Old 10-20-2013, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by glrizzz View Post
You won't believe it but back when lead was allowed, I shot strictly 7 1/2's. Crazy but I could load 525+ pellets in a single 2 3/4 inch shell with velocity of 1190 ft/sec. regularly killed them up to 60 yards & that's no bull.
I remember the lead days. And I bet with hitting that bird with a 1-1/2oz of 7-1/2's it was full of shot when you cleaned it!!!!! I as well used 7-1/2's, trap loads, for swatter loads on the water or field. And if I was a bit low, that bird, and I later, paid the price!!!! Too much shot to pick out. I shot 5's for ducks and 2's n BB's for geese. Ithaca Big Mag 10 10ga solely for geese. 12ga on ducks, Model 12 and Rem 870 Mag.
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:57 AM
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If cost isnt an object then go with that Hevi Shot. There is just no way I am paying that. I may shoot some hevi metal late in the season but thats about it. Im shooting federal #2 and #3, 3", 1 1/8 oz and havent had any issues.
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:52 AM
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I tried 3in blackcloud. Garbage garbage garbage. Couldn't hit a thing. Switched back to Winchester HV and knocking em' down again.
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:17 AM
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Deernutz were you shooting an after market choke or shooting really lose range? I agree the black cloud is overpriced but it shoots pretty well for me. Aftermarket chokes with a wad stopped totally messes up black cloud.
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:08 AM
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Fish it is an after market choke and I try and keep may range to within 30 yds. I thought maybe I was shooting behind them. So I adjusted and was still missing. I felt like a 12 yr old that just started hunting. Thankfully I was by myself. My buddies would have never let me live it down.
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:54 AM
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Its not you honestly with that Black Cloud and a wad stopper choke. Its the load not being designed to be shot through that choke. The wad is designed to fly with the shot for a while. Try patterning it and youll see what I mean. I patterned black cloud with my benelli with a kicks choke at 25 yards and couldnt barely hit a 24x24 square target.
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Old 11-16-2013, 07:19 PM
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2 3/4 Xperts seem to do just fine.

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