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i think most game is taken with a ''single'' ''shot''


whether or not they have more bullets in the gun is irrelevant


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It seems like these days I'm rarely hunting waterfowl for myself. Whomever I'm taking, I like to position them downwind and in the pocket so that by the time I have shot, they should be right in front of the other guys, then I call it. Usually I watch what unfolds and look for cripples and butt-shots that might be tough for the dog to find and try to finish them off.

They reality that cripples and butt-shots are common in waterfowl, particularly in bigger waterfowl like late mallards and canadas is why I wouldn't use a single shot. All the talk about "picking your shot" or "making sure they are in tight" is neat, but it's not reality. Everyone makes bad shots, even up close, and it seems shady to me to not be able to follow those shots up. If you want to shoot once just do so voluntarily, but have the ability to make followup shots if needed...
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Many years ago I found myself with wonderful duck hunting opportunities and a broken gun. I did have a Stevens 20 gauge with a 3 inch chamber and full choke barrel in the closet. I really enjoyed duck hunting with this gun and killed more ducks with it than with my old Browning. I found it fit me better. Also, there was not a better snipe gun extant.
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Most of my waterfowl hunting has been on the fly out and return. Having as many shells as possible on hand is the only way to limit out. A single will get the job done but filling the freezer will take all season.

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Most of my waterfowl hunting has been on the fly out and return. Having as many shells as possible on hand is the only way to limit out. A single will get the job done but filling the freezer will take all season.
Not too worried about filling the freezer since I'm the only one in the house that will touch it.


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I use a single shot 20 guage baikal once in a while, not hardcore duckhunting but jumping beaver ponds I come across while in the woods hunting grouse. I hunted for a few years with a 20 guage cil single shot when I first started hunting ducks and did as good as I do now with a 12 guage semi, I think my aim was alot better knowing I had only one shot.

I think you will be fine with a single shot, lots of time down the road to upgrade to a repeater if you choose.

I often hunted ducks with that 20 guage cil, no camo clothing, no deacoys and no call, just rubber boots and a dog. Didnt do as good as some hardcore duck hunters with thousands of dollars worh of gear, but I seldom came home empty handed, and I think I had as much fun as anyone else with less work when the hunts were over with no deacoys to pick up.
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Being out there and doing it is what is important. What you use is secondary. Your situation will change, until it does just make do with what you have. Good luck and have fun.
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I hunted everything with a single shot way back when i started..then jumped into pump guns for the last 25 years. My great uncle left me his duck gun about 5 years ago and i have used it exclusively ever since for ducks. Is a 1950's Kessler 16Ga pump and i use that hevishot for old classic guns..bismuth i think, in it. Has a very tight choke and is a single shot that happens to store a few extra shells basically, i get off one good shot, then reload at about the same speed of a man whos practiced on his single shot. Its not fast..but i like it.


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I don't use a single because steel shot is so ineffcient at clean kills. I'm old enough to remember using lead shot; night and day difference in lethality. I am a pond jumper only. My 870 Express with Mod tube is my duck gun.

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I too am a pond jumper.
As a kid I used a Stevens single shot and got ducks. Now I own singles, side by sides, pump and semi auto shotguns.
For waterfowl I do favor my Stevens 311 SxS or my Mossberg 930.

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