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Old 07-31-2012, 10:38 PM
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Not lead, but small steel #6 or #7 rounds for cripples? I have found they are cheap and worth the effort, but some will say shoot whatever you have in the gun and not worth the hassle, 8 shots later, they tell me to get em with mine.
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:05 AM
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As long as I'm just hunting with steel, all my rounds are the same.
When I'm using my $25 per box heavier than lead shells, I always tote some extra steel with me in the event of a cripple.
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:31 AM
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Get a dog, saves all that hassle
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Old 08-01-2012, 03:17 PM
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I consider reaching into my bag, grabbing and chambering a steel round, and shooting a swimmer with that round to be a whole lot less hassle than keeping up with a dog.
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I consider reaching into my bag, grabbing and chambering a steel round, and shooting a swimmer with that round to be a whole lot less hassle than keeping up with a dog.
Must not be hunting with my dog
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I shoot a Kicks High Flyer and don't many cripples. When I do, it certainly don't take me 8 shots.
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I consider reaching into my bag, grabbing and chambering a steel round, and shooting a swimmer with that round to be a whole lot less hassle than keeping up with a dog.
You're forgetting the whole "retrieve" part...killing the bird is only the beginning.
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I just shoot the cheap one to start with no sense in spending 25 a box when you can do it for 12 a box
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:07 PM
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I consider reaching into my bag, grabbing and chambering a steel round, and shooting a swimmer with that round to be a whole lot less hassle than keeping up with a dog.
Keeping up with a dog is nothing compared to when you can watch all your time and money swimming out to do what y'all have been working on all summer. It's half the hunt.
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:43 PM
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Keeping up with a dog is nothing compared to when you can watch all your time and money swimming out to do what y'all have been working on all summer. It's half the hunt.
I'm not down playing the fun of hunting with a good dog, as I
have had the enjoyment of doing it a few times.
Just saying that personally the time and money that needs to be spent on a duck dog isn't there for me, so I'll keep water swatting at retrieving my own birds.
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I just let my buddies water swat cripples...
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the most carnage i had on a hunt last year was with "swatter" rounds. had sixes left over from teal and they worked extremely well on wood ducks
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so I'll keep water swatting at retrieving my own birds.
zara spook and a zebco 33?
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zara spook and a zebco 33?
Works quite well!
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I just shoot turkey loads...................
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Or just use your buddys dog.
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I just keep dumping the Hevi shot at them. You can't take it with you.
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Works quite well!
my first few trips out i brought one.

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Until you hook into a big can that is belly up and that gamkasu trebble sinks in, makes for an interesting fight when you have large ice flows on the Potomac

As far as shooting a lot to finish one, guess none has taken a buffle head on the water, that low profile makes them harder to hit than most.
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Until you hook into a big can that is belly up and that gamkasu trebble sinks in, makes for an interesting fight when you have large ice flows on the Potomac

As far as shooting a lot to finish one, guess none has taken a buffle head on the water, that low profile makes them harder to hit than most.
The trick is to aim under the duck, that way more of your pattern skips up into it rather than passing by overhead.
I've learned that through lots of cussing and bewilderment of bullet proof swimmers
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The trick is to aim under the duck, that way more of your pattern skips up into it rather than passing by overhead.
I've learned that through lots of cussing and bewilderment of bullet proof swimmers
I was taught that by and old crust WF hunter, even leaned down lower to get more ricochet pellets into the ducks, but does not always work on smaller/hardier ones, buffies, bills, scoters. Still like a denser pattern to get one in the old head with the smaller shot.
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Then you get the ones that do the snake, with just a little bit of their head above the water, got to get above them, stand up in the boat and shoot down on them.
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Yep them buffies are hard to bring down.
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well i shoot hevi-metals & blind-side.good shells sell them-selves .true a good choke pays for itself to. so, i say don't be a cheap "O" ..!!! Buy the best shot-guns, shoot really good shells&blow great calls.... And enjoy yourself ....
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