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Duck Hunting Inquiry

Your task, should you accept, is to help one determine how best to stock up.  You see, I've been mulling over some thoughts on my hunting preferences here lately and thought I'd hit the boards to see what others were thinking (and using) as well.

There are many species that I love to hunt, but I want to keep each discussion very focused and very specific.  For the purpose of this discussion, my interests here are focused on DUCKS.

Now here's the meat of my inquiry....  you are to identify the following that you would use:

1) What shotgun would you use?

 

I have my thoughts but will chime in later after I see what some of y'alls is!  I'll let this discussion run for a while and then compile the responses (along with responses that I receive from other inquiries) and post them up on my blog (and here of course!!!).

 

 

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Only one shotgun? Them would

Only one shotgun? Them would have to say a Remington 870 12 gauge. Always goes bang, easy to maintain.

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The one and only shotgun that

The one and only shotgun that I have used for duck and geese hunting in the last 30 years has been an Ithica Mag 10.  It also has gone bang every time that I have pulled the trigger. 

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My thoughts

If I had to buy just one shotgun for ducks, it would have to be a pump.  Either the rem 870 or the benelli nova would be on the top of my list for the best buy and most reliable.

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For strictly duck hunting and

For strictly duck hunting and you can be in some rough areas....I would use a pump, Remington 870, Benelli Nova, I might also go with the browing BPS, I have all three and all work great.  Might also consider the pump gun from Stoeger...it is made by Benelli.

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Sory guys but I have to disagree with a pump for ducks.  I'd have to say a reliable semi such as a SBE II or a Winchester SX3.  I'd go with the SX3 simply because of it's duracoat.  You can use that thing for a boat oar and it still looks great.  The thing never freezes up either.  Mine had icicles hanging off of it last year from the dog shaking off and the blizzard raining down.  When the ducks came in it did what it should do...it went bang bang bang.

The reason I like semi's is that when I'm shooting ducks I'm usually shooting at a flock and need to make some really quick target acquisition and transfer.  With a semi I can quickly and accurately move from one duck to the next after the shot and increase my odds of dropping more than one duck.  When you pump a gun however you have no choice but to interupt your flow from one duck to the next to cycle the next round and you must re-acquire your next target after every shot.  It's not a huge difference but it is an absolute advantage a semi has over a pump.  Well that, plus much less felt recoil than a pump.  May save your shoulder after shooting a box of 3 1/2" magnums. 

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You will never be at a

You will never be at a disadvantage using a pump.  I used pumps for years and now I use a semi.  I see absolutely no advantage using the semi over the pump.  The fractions of a sec. slower follow up shots are going to have no bearing shooting three rounds at ducks.  Maybe if you were allowed to have ten round tubes it may have a difference but not with one shot and two following shots.

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I guess it all depends on the hunter, the species and the setup.  I know if I have three green wings buzzing my spread it's all you have to get three shots off with a semi let alone a pump so those milliseconds could mean the difference between 2 or 3 ducks.  I agree though, there's absolutely no way you can go wrong with a pump but I can't see how there can be "no advantage" with having a semi.  If there was no advantage then why does every skeet shooter on the planet shoot a semi?  Target acquisition.  The pumps have the advantage in that they're guaranteed not to freeze but IMHO the semis do allow faster shots and faster target acquisition. 

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Remington 11-87

It's not the gun I would use, it's the gun I actually do use.  Have used my 12 ga Remington 11-87 Special Purpose almost exclusively as my standard waterfowl gun since 1994.  Prior to that I used various pumps.  My Remington 870 Express always comes along as a "back-up" gun in case something should go wrong with any of the various shotguns in my hunting party when we hunt.  I will pull out the 870 to use from time to time just to have something different to shoot once in a while.  But I've never had to pull it out because my 11-87 failed me.  Both are 3 inch chambered guns.  Neither gun has ever let me down or ever failed me in the field.

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I know you don't use low

I know you don't use low brass shells for duck hunting but the 11-87 will fail shooting low brass shells. I know several guys that would sell you their 11-87 in a heartbeat. They shoot low brass for doves and it fails everytime. Remington tried to grab some of the market Benelli had by building the 11-87. Piss poor design malfunctions too often. It never fails them when hunting ducks but it does when they try to dove hunt with them.

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very true

ecubackpacker wrote:

I know you don't use low brass shells for duck hunting but the 11-87 will fail shooting low brass shells. I know several guys that would sell you their 11-87 in a heartbeat. They shoot low brass for doves and it fails everytime. Remington tried to grab some of the market Benelli had by building the 11-87. Piss poor design malfunctions too often. It never fails them when hunting ducks but it does when they try to dove hunt with them.

 

And if I had the money I'd surely buy their 11-87's too.  True the 11-87 for some odd reason was never designed to reliably cycle anything less than 3 dram. equiv.  That rules out most light target loads and light dove loads.  It will fire them fine, it just tends to re-chamber the empty hull or not kick it out for reliable ejection.  Has all to do with it's gas system being designed for heavier loads.  But the original question was about ducks and I've never had my 11-87 fail to realiably cycle any magnum waterfowl load.  Never had it even fail to reliably cycle a standard field load or a heavy target load either, and while it's not my primary trap or sporting clays gun I have shot many rounds of trap and many dozens of games of sporting clays with it and it has performed flawlessly with the heavy target loads. 

 

I agree that Remington should be more forth coming about this fact.  It leaves some customers very dissappointed.  Afterall you should be able to practice with light target loads in the same gun you also hunt with, right?  However as my 11-87 wore-in more over the years it seemed to be able to kick out the lighter target loads more realiably. But it's not my primary sporting clays gun nor is it my trap gun.  It's my primary waterfowl hunting shotgun.

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