sdkidaho Posted May 30, 2005 Share Posted May 30, 2005 Howdy, I've just been trying to find one shot type that will be versitile enough for everything. I'm sure that isn't possible by while I was checking out this chart from Federal's website , I noticed that some shot sizes and chokes used were all in common. What I'm wondering is why do people use lead versus steel versus tunsten, etc...? And why the different sizes and what are the advantages to these differences? What I'll be hunting: -Pheasant -Grouse (several variety: Ruffed, Blues, Sage, Prairie) -Quail (Maybe, not a lot of these in my area) -Dove -Ducks (Ranging is size from Mallard to Teal, so large, medium and small sized ducks) -Geese (Maybe, not sure about geese yet or not) So, from the chart on that website, the commonalities I am seeing are this: -Modified choke. Should be good for 20-30+ yards, and is recommended for all of the birds I've listed above. -Size 6 shot for the Upland game birds, with the exception of Dove which looks like 7 is the largest recommended for that. -Size 4 shot for Duck. -Size BB shot for Geese. -Lead or steel for upland game birds. -Steel or Tunsten for Waterfoul. So, what are your preferences? I'm thinking if it patterns well I could just go with: -size 6 steel shot with a modified choke for upland game (with the exception of Doves maybe). -Size 4 steel shot with a modified choke for ducks. -Size BB steel shot with modified choke for geese. So that would be the same choke, and three diffent sizes of steel shot. I guess the only other consideration would be price, as I assume that lead shot is cheaper than steel shot? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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