Up until today, I thought I hated duck hunting. I mean, cmon, sit around and wait for birds? **** no, not for me!! Im a dedicated upland game hunter here in Kansas, and about the most sitting around I do is behind the scope of my Remington 700 .223 waitng for coyotes. Well, my roommate finally talked me into getting myself legal (a whopping 21 dollars!) and going with him to duck hunt, and I am sold. I had a blast. Now to the point. I shoot an M1 Super 90 with a 28" barrel. I leave my modified choke in there all the time, because it seems to do me the best good. Today I bought a box of Winchester 3" XPERT HV Steel Shot in 3's. 1550 FPS (I like a heavy shell, I shoot Winchester 2 3/4 Supremes in 7 1/2 for my upland, the rock out at a smokin 1400fps) Being new to the Steel Shot thing I thought I would ask a few questions. I have heard that Steel crates a tighter pattern, I like longer shots (30yds max), but I feel like the tightness hindered my shots at closer ranges. Other than shooter skill, I missed a couple of 10-15yd shots that I normally would have bagged with my lead shot. Should I use an Modifed Cylinder the next time I go out? Will this give me any sort of range out to what I like (like I said, bout 30 yds). These puppies were coming in right over our head. I was also thinking of going to a ligher load. The steel seems to go right through (I center punched one at about 20yds, saw the feathers fly, and saw something fall off the bird) but it kept on flying. Would a little lighter load with a modified choke do me better, or my current shells with an IC choke do me better. Thanks guys, and I promise, I will never make fun of another duck hunter again.
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