Favorite Shells/Shot Sizes for Ducks & Geese?


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By Knollie81 - 7/25/2013 12:55:28 PM
Since waterfowl season is quickly approaching I am looking to buy a case of shells for use on ducks and another for use on Canadas before the shelves clear out.  That being said, which shells & shot size do you prefer for use on most ducks?  Which shells & shot size do you prefer for use on Canadas?

In the past, I have primarily used HEVI-Shot Heavy Metal but am wondering what others out there prefer.  It seems like the more hunting magazines I look at and articles I read, the more I realize that there are way more brands than I thought which has me wondering whether I should change it up.

Here is a list of shells I would be torn between:

HEVI-Shot Heavy Metal

HEVI-Shot Speed Ball

HEVI-Shot Duck Load

HEVI-Shot Goose Load

Federal Premium Ultra-Shok

Federal Premium Speed Shok

Federal Premium Ultra-Shok High-Density

Federal Premium Black Cloud FS Steel

Remington Hypersonic Steel

Kent Fasteel Precision Steel

Kent Silver Steel

Kent Tungsten-Matrix

Winchester Blind Side

Winchester Super-X Drylok Super Steel

Winchester Steel Expert High Velocity

Rio Royal BlueSteel

*Also, please feel free to weigh in on your shot size preference for most ducks and Canada geese.
By NJ217bands - 7/29/2013 11:43:38 AM
I use 12 gauge Kent Tungsten Matrix #3 3.5" 2 oz loads for greater snow geese, Federal HD #6 and 4 for ducks and HeviShot dead coyote for giant Canada geese. My SBE II malfunctions with 11/4 oz non toxic loads.
By Amish Amy - 7/30/2013 5:05:23 AM
Federal Premium Ultra-Shok 3" BB geese

Federal Premium Ultra-Shok 3"  3's for ducks early


Federal Premium Ultra-Shok 3"  3's and 1's for ducks later on 1's also work great on geese and I've even shot geese withte 3's but those are my preferances
By hammer1 - 7/31/2013 12:39:16 PM
NJ217bands (7/29/2013)
I use 12 gauge Kent Tungsten Matrix #3 3.5" 2 oz loads for greater snow geese, Federal HD #6 and 4 for ducks and HeviShot dead coyote for giant Canada geese. My SBE II malfunctions with 11/4 oz non toxic loads.


tell me about this problem. im looking at buying one.
By ESutter - 7/31/2013 2:07:57 PM
I use cheap Winchester Xperts out of my Browning Maxus

3.5"BB for Geese

and 3" #4's for all ducks
By JTFrisque - 8/1/2013 10:45:20 PM
I've had a sbe II for 5 years and have not had an issue with shooting 1 1/4 oz non toxic shot.
By huntorgather - 8/8/2013 9:34:47 AM
1 1/4 oz. toxic-non toxic is still 1 1/4 oz. The powder is the variable.

My SBE 2 cycles 1 1/8 oz. loads no problem.
By Rolfed - 8/12/2013 5:30:23 PM
I like Blindside, shoots well, knock down power is the best that I have found on the market.
By rebelcj7 - 9/10/2013 10:10:46 AM
Out of your list I would go with:


HEVI-Shot Heavy Metal - Best price of the Hevi flavors.  Great pattern density, hits hard.

HEVI-Shot Speed Ball - To me it is basically Hevi Metal on steroids.  You get the pattern density, hard hitting of the Hevi Shot pellets at a bit lower cost of regular hevi shot. And it is blazing fast.

HEVI-Shot Duck Load - Hard hitting load that will flat decimate fowl.  It is fairly expensive however, but totally worth the cost.

HEVI-Shot Goose Load - Ultimate load in my opinion.  If cost is no factor, this stuff is flat brutal on any waterfowl.