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 Post subject: Long range snow goose ammo
PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:55 pm 
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What is some of the better ammo you guys have found to pattern well and hit hard at far distances for snow goose. I was looking at hevi metal 3" and 3 1/2" in 2 and BB but looking for other suggestions. Anyone have luck with hevi metal?




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 Post subject: Re: Long range snow goose ammo
PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:20 pm 
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I like Kent Fasteel 3" 1-3/8 oz BB's @ 1300 fps and lots of choke

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 Post subject: Re: Long range snow goose ammo
PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:13 am 
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Late season goose hunting I use Hevi Metal. 3 1/2”. BBB


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 Post subject: Re: Long range snow goose ammo
PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:12 am 
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Snows go down pretty easily compared to Canada's so number 2 steel shot works well for me... I shoot a fairly tight choke with 3 1/2 for snows...
If they are decoying well I shoot 3 inch steel 2's...


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 Post subject: Re: Long range snow goose ammo
PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:22 pm 
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You can also stagger your shells.
Start with 2s, them BBs, followed by 3 1/2” BBB


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 Post subject: Re: Long range snow goose ammo
PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:54 pm 
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Dr Duk wrote:
You can also stagger your shells.
Start with 2s, them BBs, followed by 3 1/2” BBB


Good advice.. I often load a 3 1/2 for the 3rd shell (first one in the tube)...problem is keeping track once you start shooting.. if you pump out all three it's easy but if you shoot one or two you need to remember where the 3 1/2 is. I usually do this for one or two passes and then give up on it...
The 3 1/2's are nice for reaching cripples if you have them...it can save you some walking if you don't have a dog. :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Long range snow goose ammo
PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:10 pm 
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Kent has bismuth #2 and #BB available now. If the price is reasonable this will make for a very good goose load. For snows I use #1 and #BB steel for pass shooting. Spring snows for us are usually pass shooting. I'm going to pattern the bismuth when I can find some.


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 Post subject: Re: Long range snow goose ammo
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:47 am 
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we use Hevimetal 3" 2's and BB's they hit hard and have great
range....most of our geese are being shot over decoys as opposed
to a lot of passing shooting


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 Post subject: Re: Long range snow goose ammo
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:35 pm 
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HeaviMetal/Tungsten matrix has great patterns and hits harder than lead, but is very expensive ($3.50-$5.00 per shell).


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 Post subject: Re: Long range snow goose ammo
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:02 am 
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Frank12us wrote:
HeaviMetal/Tungsten matrix has great patterns and hits harder than lead, but is very expensive ($3.50-$5.00 per shell).



HeviMetal is about $1/shell.


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 Post subject: Re: Long range snow goose ammo
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:54 am 
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You will go through a lot of shells on a snow goose hunt.
HeaviMetal,Tungsten matrix and bismuth are crazy to use unless you are very wealthy.
My son and I have 9 shot tubes on our guns and go through 3-4 box's a day. For a three day hunt we bring 3 case's of Kent Fast Steel BB's.


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 Post subject: Re: Long range snow goose ammo
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:59 am 
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whackem_stackem wrote:
You will go through a lot of shells on a snow goose hunt.
HeaviMetal,Tungsten matrix and bismuth are crazy to use unless you are very wealthy.
My son and I have 9 shot tubes on our guns and go through 3-4 box's a day. For a three day hunt we bring 3 case's of Kent Fast Steel BB's.


That volume of shooting I would also shoot cheaper shells. :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Long range snow goose ammo
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:06 pm 
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Dr Duk wrote:
whackem_stackem wrote:
You will go through a lot of shells on a snow goose hunt.
HeaviMetal,Tungsten matrix and bismuth are crazy to use unless you are very wealthy.
My son and I have 9 shot tubes on our guns and go through 3-4 box's a day. For a three day hunt we bring 3 case's of Kent Fast Steel BB's.


That volume of shooting I would also shoot cheaper shells. :shock:

We have found that bang for the buck nothing beats Kent Fast Steel.
We buy them at the beginning of the waterfowl season when they are on sale. We picked up 8 cases of BB and #2's last fall for $90 a case.
When you add up all the costs of waterfowl hunting the price of shell is a very small part.


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 Post subject: Re: Long range snow goose ammo
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:10 pm 
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Dr Duk wrote:
Frank12us wrote:
HeaviMetal/Tungsten matrix has great patterns and hits harder than lead, but is very expensive ($3.50-$5.00 per shell).



HeviMetal is about $1/shell.


Sorry - was thinking of the EnvironMetal product with just tungsten matrix, not the mix of tungsten and steel.

https://www.hevishot.com/catalog/hevi-shot-goose/


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 Post subject: Re: Long range snow goose ammo
PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:36 pm 
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3 1/2" T shot


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 Post subject: Re: Long range snow goose ammo
PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:32 pm 
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3” 1 1/2oz BB Remington Wingmaster HD.

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 Post subject: Re: Long range snow goose ammo
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:57 pm 
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I patterned 3" no.1's at 40yds with my maxus, using i/m. Tried hevi steel, rem hyper sonic and kent silver steel. Had the best pattern with kent silver steel.


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 Post subject: Re: Long range snow goose ammo
PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:06 am 
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Drakehammer wrote:
3” 1 1/2oz BB Remington Wingmaster HD.


Cost/shell??


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 Post subject: Re: Long range snow goose ammo
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:20 pm 
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Practice practice practice....will put more birds on the ground , that being said I buy the cheapest 3" BB's 1oz 3/8


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 Post subject: Re: Long range snow goose ammo
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:40 pm 
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For big geese, Remington wingmaster HD 3in 1 1/4 #2 shot, Or Remington Hevi shot 3in
1 1/2 #2 or Winchester Xtended Range 3in 1 3/8 #2 or federal 3in 1 1/4 heavyweight #2s


You might find this hard to believe but even the 12ga 2 3/4 Winchester Xtended Range 1 1/4
#4 shot has done well. Hell I have personally seen this 2 3/4 load outperform 3 1/2 steel.




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