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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 08-20-2014, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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I'm going to give duck hunting a try this season. I can't really justify going out and buying another pump for something I won't do all that often, and my pardner is the only shotgun I have that will shoot steel safely. Does anyone use a single shot anymore for waterfowl?


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I use my 16 gauge single shot. I'm not a serious waterfowl hunter, I just go down to the local pond and try to jump shoot ducks and geese but I take some every year with that 16 gauge. The single shot does force you to choose your shots wisely. I use #4 Hevi shot 1 1/4 oz. and my best shot has been a goose at 45 yards. I would never shoot that far with steel, though. Keep your shots close with steel and be disciplined enough to let them fly if the shot isn't a good one.

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I use my 16 gauge single shot. I'm not a serious waterfowl hunter, I just go down to the local pond and try to jump shoot ducks and geese but I take some every year with that 16 gauge. The single shot does force you to choose your shots wisely. I use #4 Hevi shot 1 1/4 oz. and my best shot has been a goose at 45 yards. I would never shoot that far with steel, though. Keep your shots close with steel and be disciplined enough to let them fly if the shot isn't a good one.
If bismuth was cheaper I'd take my old model 12 out. I started hunting with a single shot and shoot a lot of trap, I know trap is a little different but I've become pretty disciplined on making 1 shot count.


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Before I moved away from a waterfowl paradise (southern Illinois) I used a 20ga jc higgins single.
of course it was with lead shot back then.

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I am a dedicated Duck hunter and spend as much time as possible chasing them. If you are just going to jump shoot one time then the single shot will work. If you intend on putting much effort into hunting them and you actually want to kill some then you'll need a repeater. Duck hunting required a lot of effort and expense. You might only see one flock of birds all day. You don't want to limit yourself to one shot opportunity. With a repeater you have the ability to shoot at more than one bird in a flock or for a quick follow up if you miss. (You will miss. A lot.)
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Any shot gun will work for water fowel.
I prefer a repeater especally with Steel shot.
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There's a cabelas opening up (not sure when) about 3 hours from me. If it's this year then I'll see if they have bismuth(?) and take my old model 12 out


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I have always kept one in the boat as a "cripple shooter" in case someone jumped in the boat without a gun. Plus its rough service and well suited to the platform.

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Years ago I used a New England arms single 10 gague for a while. Worked for me. I was either river shooting or jump shooting over stock tanks.

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I took a Super Black Eagle to Canada hunting duck and goose after a day in the fields it was a single shot.




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