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 Post subject: 20 gauge duck load
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:03 pm 
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One of my nephews will be duck hunting for the first time this season. Mostly big ducks in an open marsh. I'm going to lend him my 20 ga. Benelli M1. I've shot plenty of ducks in Argentina with this gun but have never used it here with non-toxic shot. What recommendations for a good 3" load ?




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 Post subject: Re: 20 gauge duck load
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:49 pm 
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Kent Fasteel 7/8 ounces of #2 steel at 1,560fps.

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 Post subject: Re: 20 gauge duck load
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:17 pm 
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agree with the load above. Have used this load with good results. Have also used Federal 1s later in the season. Have gone to shooting only 20 g and am doing a little better than when i used a 12.


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 Post subject: Re: 20 gauge duck load
PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:30 am 
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Be sure he has practiced --trap---skeet-- home based trap.

Then---it's just money.
A kid/newby needs confidence and results to build confidence
Give him the best possible chance.
Use Kent Tungsten.
My son used it for his 20G when he was 12-14 years old.
Graduated to 12G after that.

Kent Tungsten Polymer 3 inch 20G #5 will kill geese at short range and ducks easily 30-35 yards.


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 Post subject: Re: 20 gauge duck load
PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:00 pm 
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I have had good success with both an M2 and a Córdoba using 3" PMC shells with1 oz of #3 shot. I typically use a Carlson's LM or Benelli IC Choke for ducks over decoys.

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 Post subject: Re: 20 gauge duck load
PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 3:48 pm 
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Thanks! That's what we needed to know. He practices often and is a very good shot BTW.


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 Post subject: Re: 20 gauge duck load
PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:18 pm 
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I have the same M1 Super 90 and I shoot 3" dry lock #3's out of it. It does great. I love, love, love this gun


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 Post subject: Re: 20 gauge duck load
PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:57 pm 
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They are great shotguns. I have the 12ga version as well. Neither one has ever let me down.


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 Post subject: Re: 20 gauge duck load
PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:27 pm 
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My M-2 20 ga shoots fore mentioned PMC # 3 , Drylok #3 and Hevi - metal #3

3 inch # 3 s in my opinion are the sweet spot for the 20 ga for ducks , I have taken them clean to 40 yds with above loads .

They have taken close in geese with them, have a stash of #4 3 inch Hevi-shot when geese is the main quarry .

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 Post subject: Re: 20 gauge duck load
PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:12 am 
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My Mother hunted this year with her Benelli Montefeltro in 20 gauge. Shot Teal and big ducks (Gadwall). Pattern tested Remington, Winchester, Browning and Kent factory 3 inch 2's and 3's. Out of her shotgun with her chokes the Kent 3's won out for Teal. The Browning stuff was horrible. I couldn't get a pattern worth spit with her chokes. Winchester Blind Side in #2 was the best pattern for big ducks. She did really well over 4 hunts. Decoying ducks under 40 yards and you couldn't tell the difference between her 20 and everyone elses 12's. I did choke it down a bit to give a fairly tight but even pattern at 35 yards. The choke provided a tighter central pattern although the extreme spread of all shot was a little wider.


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 Post subject: Re: 20 gauge duck load
PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:03 pm 
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x101airborne wrote:
...Winchester Blind Side in #2 was the best pattern for big ducks...

Every gun is different. My Cordoba hates #2 shot. #3 seems to be the sweet spot for me. OP - These recommendations are a good starting point, but you'll still need to pattern your gun.

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 Post subject: Re: 20 gauge duck load
PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:14 am 
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My son shoots a 20 gauge auto and uses both Hevimetal
and Speed Ball 3" loads with unreal success


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 Post subject: Re: 20 gauge duck load
PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2016 7:00 am 
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My son shoots a 20 gauge auto and uses both Hevimetal
and Speed Ball 3" loads with unreal success

And you are a Hevi Prostaffer

Buy some Winchester Drylok Supreme #3s and kill all the ducks you want

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 Post subject: Re: 20 gauge duck load
PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:31 pm 
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Anyone using tungsten matrix 3in 1 1/8 #3s or 5s ? What's your opinion? Worth the money ?
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 Post subject: Re: 20 gauge duck load
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:48 pm 
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I use Kent tungsten matrix 3" 1,3/8 oz, #3s and #5s for ducks in my older 12gauge guns that are not compatible with steel shot. They work very well, but I use steel 3", 1,1/8oz, #2s, in my newer guns and they work just fine also. I don't think I would spend the extra money if I had the option to shoot steel.

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 Post subject: Re: 20 gauge duck load
PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:37 pm 
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Looking for a big shell so I can shoot big ducks like cans..reds. and mallys on big water


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 Post subject: Re: 20 gauge duck load
PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:03 pm 
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My experience with "big water" is limited to Lake Ontario and LIS , can't say I'd consider bringing my 20 on one of those hunts . Maybe with the Tungsten Matrix #3 mentioned above but I've no experience with them . 10 or a 12 for me on those hunts , usually a 12 loaded with 3" BB .


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 Post subject: Re: 20 gauge duck load
PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:24 pm 
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Either of those will certainly get the job done. May be more than you need for ducks but neither would be a mistake as long as you're not shooting steel BBs through a full choke.


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 Post subject: Re: 20 gauge duck load
PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:48 pm 
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I favor #3 shot backed up with steel #2 for the third shot if needed.


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 Post subject: Re: 20 gauge duck load
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:57 pm 
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I would suggest Hevimetal 3" #4's.....for the 20 gauge




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