Help with ammo and chokes 4 first ever Duck hunt?

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Help with ammo and chokes 4 first ever Duck hunt?

Postby Gunner4640 » Sat Dec 12, 2015 3:24 pm

Yep I got a dream trip to go duck/goose hunting jan 8 somewhere around port alto tx. I've never been duck hunting before so I am needing some advise on Ammo and chokes. I know the law says steel ammo so I got that covered. The only shotgun I have is a 12 ga o/u with a complete set of chokes and extra chokes IC and skeet set I know I can use 2 different in the gun one for distance and the other for closer in. I can't use a full choke with steel ammo.

So if any of you experienced duck /goose hunters can make some suggestions that would be nice. I'm close to 60 and have not been hunting since I was 17, so this is a real treat for me.
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Re: Help with ammo and chokes 4 first ever Duck hunt?

Postby Richbirdhunter » Sat Dec 12, 2015 3:33 pm

I would go to the range and pattern your shotgun with the different chokes.
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Re: Help with ammo and chokes 4 first ever Duck hunt?

Postby LSUTiger » Sat Dec 12, 2015 4:11 pm

I use a Remington 870 supermag express. i shoot 3" mag #4 or #2 steel. with a IC or modified choke

if you don't get the opportunity to pattern your shotgun i'd start there but with steel i opt for more open choke and larger shot 3" mag #2 with IC
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Re: Help with ammo and chokes 4 first ever Duck hunt?

Postby jason812 » Sat Dec 12, 2015 4:47 pm

I use a light modified choke and 3" #3's Kents. Chokes are labelled Browning Grand Passage but are made by Briley and you can get them for just about any shotgun. The light modified is in between an IC and mod. Don't get wrapped up in the new Blindside or Black Cloud shells. In my experience they are not worth the extra cost and I have shot both and other new fancy shells over the last few years. I have more clean kills with the cheaper Kents. I agree you need to pattern your gun.

Also duck hunting is dirty and nasty. If your o/u is nice like so many are, be prepared for it to get muddy or wet. You can keep it clean but be mentally prepared to get dirty. Main thing is to have fun and get ready for a new addiction.

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Since you already have a full set of chokes, put the IC in the first tube and Mod in the second. Should work just fine.

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Re: Help with ammo and chokes 4 first ever Duck hunt?

Postby Gunner4640 » Sat Dec 19, 2015 6:43 am

thank you all for the help..as far as pattering the gun I dont know where I can do that> so much for that. but the rest of the advise will be used.
going to get duck stamp today and buy the ammo. looking for the kent ammo to , but I did find some rem and winchester steel for 8 to 11 $
the choke advise is really helpful
I guess I am going to buy 3 different shot sizes, I just ope I can find it at the local places,, grrr academy and gander.
thanks again I hope to drop my limit and I will post some pictures when I get back. I am going with a guy who works for me , he said this place it really rigged out, customer made blinds etc.. all it's costing is some new kind of cool he is selling, a really nice cooler 500 to 800 dollar range.. supposed to keep ice for a week
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