At price of hevi Shot and number of shells i shoot in a season- I go with Kent Fasteel-I opt for weight of shot over speed(max) so take 3.5" loads at 1525 fps.
You just clarified my whole point Widux. I just assume that the poster asking the question or anyone asking what the best shells are probably is fairly new to waterfowl hunting. I must clarify that yes I agree the heavier denser loads (todays exotic stuff) is the best stuff on the market as far as ballistically and use in dropping geese. Mass delivers more energy on a target, the higher velocity we can safely get behind that mass, the better. However, high velocity steel works just as well for me when it comes to waterfowl magnum loads, for the types of waterfowl hunting I do. For the price, and as much time as I spend duck and goose hunting, it's hard for me to chose anything else. I'm not at all financially poor. I just work for my money and try to be smart with my money, and believe in getting the best value for the buck. Sometimes the best stuff just doesn't make sense cost wise. Coupled with the idea that sometimes the best is not always nessesary for certain applications. That's all.