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... went out looking for more mallards ... to my surprise and delight ran into some geese. Spot and stalk. Changed out the new hevi-shot for steel BBB. Three shots and three geese ... the rest of the geese flew a ways and then landed, perhaps to be near their fallen comrades. ... Then, something wonderful happened, ... due to location and wind direction they made their exit right back over me. I had reloaded and got a fourth (limit is 4). All the while I felt I was shooting at cargo planes with a 22. Got friend's row boat, and changed out the BBB back to #6 and #4 hevi to finish off cripples. I don't think any one of the birds hit the water dead with the steel BBB. These birds were huge. I hope more come back ... warm weather has them acting ... interesting.

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congrats Thumbs up

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God is good ... I feel very blessed.

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Bismuth showtime

Today was Bismuth showtime ... arrived via fedex ... 1-3/8 oz #6 ... I spot and stalked one of my favorite spots ... seven mallards arose; I hammered 3 in a perfect triple. And all birds were hit hard. I didn't have to empty my pockets of shells to finish off cripples. Just like it should be ... just like it used to be (with lead). I'm convinced (that steel is crappy). What's more ... my faith in myself as a waterfowl hunter is restored. This same spot I have jumped on numerous occasions and after blazing away I would only down one bird, maybe two. Steel shot seriously shattered my confidence.

Thank you everyone on the forum who helped me through this.

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... seeing how far I can push the Bismuth and hevi-shot ...

Jumped a pair of mallards at about 60 yards ... normally I pass on stuff out beyond 30 or 40, but decided to give the Bismuth #6 a try at range. Took three shots but brought down the drake.

A little while later I jumped some more ... this time with hevi #4 ... sloppy first shot missed; second shot at 50 yards dropped a greenhead hard.

I LIKE THIS BISMUTH AND HEVI STUFF!!!

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Location: Nova Scotia
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It is truly amazing how well that stuff works compared to steel. The price is nasty but you may want to consider reloading your shells to keep the price in check. Loading for shotguns is easy and pays for itself quickly is you are already shooting the premium stuff.

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In yesteryear I reloaded all my stuff. I'd load 1 oz. lead loads for my 20 ga, and even 1-1/8 oz, but it was hard to crimp. Which leads to another observation. My heavy 20 ga loads were slower ... 1000 fps-ish. So in switching to steel I have probably been over-leading a lot of stuff. It seems as I back of my lead a bit the birds are doing a better job of getting blasted. Dang, this one box of stuff I picked up has 1450 ft/sec printed on the box.

I'm right in the middle of the child-raising years ... if reloading is something my son is interested in, it might be a good father-son thing to get into again.

Chestergolf - thanks for your comments on these strings.

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I like the fiber optic sight too. It's amazing how fast you can draw the beed when it glows like that!

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So, Chestergolf, ... this one place I hunt I park across the road of this guy who evidently does pretty well ($) ... nice spread of a place, house set back about 200 yards from the road, nice lawn all the way to the road, some trees, etc.. After I have hunted sometimes I cut straight across the field. When I get to about 30 yards from the road (so, maybe 230 from his house) ... I start running into GOLF BALLS. What's up with THAT!

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230 yds is just a nice shot for your neighbor. You are walking through a make-shift driving range. Be careful because those balls hurt like hell if you get hit.

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