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Best chokes and shot size for wood ducks

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 Posted 8/7/2010 8:23:39 PM
 

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What is the best choke size for wood ducks? What is the best shot size for wood ducks?
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 Posted 8/7/2010 8:53:50 PM
 

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Improved cylinder and 4-6 shot.

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I won't disagree that an IC and #6 or #4 steel would be a good general recommendation for wood ducks.

But, selecting a choke is really a distance dependant proposition.  For shots inside of 30 yards a Skeet choke is hard to beat, if you need a little more range then an IC may be best, and if your shots get out around 40-45 yards then a LM or M may be what you need.  You really need to shoot a few patterns in order to know what your choke/load combo is doing at the distance you shoot your birds.

Shot size selection is similar, the farther away the bird gets the larger the pellet needs to be in order to maintain ample penetating energy.  The #6 steel pellet would be fine for wood ducks out to about 35 yards but I would just go with the #4 steel pellet since it will handle that duty and provide a little extra range if needed.  And in the process, not put as many pellets in the meat which can make eating beneficial to your dentist.

You should have no problem getting a 1 or 1 1/8 oz load of #4 steel to maintain good pattern density if you will try some different chokes.

Here are some pattern numbers from my 12-gauge Browning Citori w/ 28" Invector-plus barrels using Briley flush chokes to give you an idea of what you might get but remember that you need to pattern your choke/load to make sure they are up to par for wood duck killin' (patterns average of five, 30" post-shot scribed circle, yardage taped muzzle to target, and in-shell pellet count average of five).

30 YARDS

Sportsman Steel 2 3/4" 1 1/8 oz #4 steel (218 pellets) -- SK / 176 (81%)

Sportsman Steel 2 3/4" 1 1/8 oz #4 steel (218 pellets) -- IC / 202 (93%)

As you can see, the Skeet choke is all I need at 30 yards. This load of #4 steel has more than enough pellets for good wood duck pattern density.

40 YARDS

Sportsman Steel 2 3/4" 1 1/8 oz #4 steel (218 pellets) -- LM / 150 (69%)

Sportsman Steel 2 3/4" 1 1/8 oz #4 steel (218 pellets) -- M / 159 (73%)

And, at 40 yards even the LM has more than enough pattern density for good wood duck killin', as long as I can put the pattern on the duck!

Good luck.



Edited: 8/7/2010 9:58:55 PM by Joe Hunter
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 Posted 8/8/2010 10:45:03 AM
 

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Thank you, good luck killing wood ducks
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 Posted 8/9/2010 3:55:12 PM
 

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Any other suggestions?
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 Posted 8/9/2010 5:22:46 PM
 

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Any other suggestions?

Be on the X and be ready.  Two years ago we were in a little hole that at least 100 woodies were going to.  Lets just say we had our limits real fast.

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Just like Joe Hunter said, the choke you use depends on the distance your going to be shootin at em. As for what kind of shells to use, personally I like 3" black cloud special edition #4. I use winchestor super X last year and crippled more ducks with them than I would have liked and my buddy introduced me to black cloud and honestly I think they made a big difference. As for black cloud they make special chokes "Carlson chokes" for them and they pattern better with those chokes because they are meant to shoot black cloud. Alot of it is trial and error untill you find something that works for you because I dont think anything works for everyone.

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 Posted 8/10/2010 1:07:01 AM
 

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I shoot 3" #4 through a mod choke.  I've tried dropping to an IC but everytime that I do I can't seem to hit anything no matter how close. I have not patterned my IC to see the numbers but then again numbers don't matter if I can't hit anything with the pattern anyway. I use the mod choke all season and it works well for me at distances from 0 to about 40 yards.

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No special season where we hunt so its a mixed bag of woodies , mallards ans a few teal.  I use 3's early switch to 3's and even 1's later on when the geese get mixed in  Joe
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