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Good Canadian Geese load?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by JPhule, Sep 9, 2004.

  1. JPhule

    JPhule Gabh An Latha

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    I've been invited out to my Father-In-Laws place to shoot Canadian Geese off the porch (Don't laugh, yes they are red-necks)

    I have a Marlin Model 55 "Goose Gun" that I inherited from my dad and I have never hunted anything in my life before, ever. Unless you count my wife, she's wily.

    What would be a good load to bring with? I was looking at Hevi-shot, seemed pretty good. I've heard that steel can be too light and can get blown off-target, which could be a problem, because it is usually windy out at his place. I've read that tungsten is good but that bismuth is best... I am so confused.

    The M55 has a 3-inch chamber and will support magnum loads.
     
  2. Michigun

    Michigun Miss Michigan?

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    Yes, but is that barrel rated for “steel shot”?

    If that barrel isn’t “steel shot” rated then Hevi-Shot is the VERY last load you’d want to use! (I’d suggest a Bismuth load if this is the case.)

    If that barrel IS “steel shot” rated then I’d go with some 3” Hevi-Shot #2’s for sure… they work REAL well on those tuff geese. ^c (I use #2’s for geese all the time… the extra cost is worth it to me!)
     

  3. JPhule

    JPhule Gabh An Latha

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    Uh-oh. How do I know if it is rated for steel shot?
     
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    Michigun Miss Michigan?

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    Best bet would be to give Marlin a call @ (800) 544-8892 & ask them...
     
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    JPhule Gabh An Latha

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    You make an excellent point my good man. I think I will.
     
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    Michigun Miss Michigan?

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    ^c
     
  7. rfb45colt

    rfb45colt safe-cracker

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    I agree with Michigun. Hevi-Shot #2s cannot be beat... if your gun is rated for steel. It's 110% the weight and density of lead. I've had the best luck (and get the best shot pattern) with improved cylinder choke tubes.

    Bismuth or Kent's tungsten-matrix are OK if you're gun is not steel shot rated... but if it's a 3" chamber and less than 25 yrs old, it most likely is. If it's not rated, it won't blow up in your face by using steel... you'll just destroy any choke it has by shooting a LOT of steel through it.... especially if it's choked full.
     
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    ;P On this last post.....why are those antlers backwards on that deer? They are that way all over the country.
     
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    Off the fron porch huh.. lol..

    man when i was activly hunting geese i was using Steel T shot..maybe BB or BBB.. We could only use steel for waterfowl..

    I have not used the hevi shot yet mostly cause of the cost.. seems like it gets good reviews though.

    Jeff.
     
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    AJE Grumpy Old Man

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    3.5" steel shot T's the last I went.
     
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    What you doin shootin my national bird...hahaha.
     
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    Just got back from Saskatchewan where we were using Kent Faststeel BB's (1 3/8 oz @ 1550 fps) to bust whitefronts. I've only ever used Hevi-Shot #2s for Canadas around here, but that Faststeel dropped them as good as anything I've ever used. I finished a cripple at 65-70 yards that absolutely folded up and dropped like 5 lbs of lead. For the price, Faststeel can't be beat. I'll finish off the rest of my Hevi-Shot stock, and switch over completely before the season is over.