Quick Hits: Best Guns, Shells for Waterfowl?

by
posted on September 11, 2014
gotta_ah2015_fs.jpg (9)

undefinedHunters in this Golden Age of Waterfowling have the best guns and shotshells in history. Oh, you can rue the passing of dense lead shot, but the tricks manufacturers have pulled with iron, tungsten, bismuth and hybrid non-lead shot are impressive.

Shotshells
Winchester’s hex-shaped Blind Side iron shot with functional Diamond Cut Wad patterns throws some of the densest patterns ever recorded with steel shot—at more than 1600 fps. Federal’s Black Cloud ammo with FliteStopper steel shot and Flitecontrol wads has been delivering dense patterns and crowd-pleasing performance at 1500 fps for several seasons now. Remington’s HyperSonic Steel blasts off at 1700 fps to catch up with ducks and geese fast.

Shotguns
Autoloading shotguns keep pace with ammunition improvements, too. Models from nearly every manufacturer are now faster cycling, like Beretta’s A400 Xtreme, which touts 4-shots in under one second speeds, and softer-shooting due innovations such as the ComforTech Plus recoil reduction system found in Benelli’s Vinci, and more reliable than ever. Most, like Browning’s Maxus, include back-bored barrels, extended choke tubes and waterproof/rustproof camouflage finishes. Three-inch chambers are the new standard, and many, like the Stoeger 3500, go to 3.5 inches.

The best guns and ammo for the best waterfowl migration in modern history? It could all be happening this year.

More Waterfowl Content:
Conservation Leads to More Ducks, Geese
3 Ways to Get Your Old Boat Ready for Duck Season
Waterfowl Hunting With the Benelli Ethos
AmericanHunter.org's Top 25 Ducks
Snow Geese in the South Dakota Sky

Latest

Hammer IHEA USA Gladney Davidson Memorial Award Lead
Hammer IHEA USA Gladney Davidson Memorial Award Lead

Marion Hammer Receives International Hunter Education Association’s Gladney Davidson Memorial Award

At its 51st annual conference, the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) bestowed its highest honor—the Gladney Davidson Memorial Award—on Marion Hammer for her significant contributions to hunter education.

Shadow Hunter Introduces Marksman 6X6 Blind

Shadow Hunter’s most popular multi-hunter blind, the Marksman 6X6 Blind can carry hunters from solo archery sits to rifle hunts with friends.

First Look: Davidson's Exclusive Savage 110 Magpul Hunter

The Savage 110 Magpul Hunter gets the Davidson’s Exclusive treatment in the latest offering from Davidson’s.

Hardware: Prime Inline 5

Prime’s new Inline 5 is aggressive and fast, but it is also easy to shoot and superbly consistent.

#SundayGunday: Franchi Instinct Sideplate

Get a closer look at the Franchi Instinct Sideplate, the latest addition to our #SundayGunday series.

Know-How: Sharpen a Knife

Other than a gun or bow, a knife is about the most important tool a hunter may carry. Of course it must be sharp to be useful. Here’s how to put a good edge on it.

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.