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Im a duck hunter and am just getting into goose hunting and am using 12 ga. 3 inch mags in a mossberg that does not take 3 1/2 and am wondering what the best load would be for goose hunting ?
 

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Hevy shot sure takes em down hard, but also gives a false sense of confidence in to long of shots. I use hevishot in either B's or 2's, but still limit passing shot to 40-45 yards to keep the money well spent (dead goose) :wink:
 

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I have a gun that will shoot a 3.5 in shell. They are way overrated. I have killed tons of geese with cheap 2 3/4 in shells in BB. I don't take shots past about 30 yards, and they kill geese dead. Kent Faststeel is the stuff. I shot a lot of PMC 2 3/4 2s and BBs when the were on sale for $6-7 a box. Just pick shots carefully. The fun is in gettin em close, not letting loose on them at 45 yards.
 

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I agree with nr_gooseslayer. I use the gun my grandpa bought to hunt duck with. It's a 2 3/4. I usually carry BB or BBB. Just be patient and learn how to talk like a goose. Get'em close.
 

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The real key to killing birds is foot pounds of energy. Meaning the faster the load-the more Ft Lbs of energy (shock) which means dead birds at longer ranges.

So use High Velocity steel loads! Meaning 1500 fps or more! A 3" 1500fps bb will kill a 9 lb goose at 45 yds no problem.

As mentioned Hevishot is deadly too---but more expensive...
 

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Have a gun that will shoot everthing. Mainly stick to 3 bb. Generaly fast loads 1450 and above. Will bring them down easily out to 40 yards. Latter in the season maybe back up with a BBB or T for the third shot.
 

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Try WInchester High Velocity 3" shells, I shot geese at 65 yards with my patternmaster choketube and these shells!!! 8)
 

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With the amount of shooting we do in our area hevi shot is way out of the question. what i find myself shooting is Kent Fasteel in either 3"BB or
2 3/4 #1, both of them will kill em dead, especially if you get one of them wad wizards, that is the deal
 
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