Question: 
When Goose hunting, what chokes do you normally use? I've been watching a lot of the duck and hunting shows and wondering how everyone is shooting that far out unless they are using full chokes but from what I've been told, that is only for lead not steel shot. I use mod choke but the geese have to be right in my face within 15 yards to take them down. Also, what is the best ammo for geese. I've been using Kent #1 Thanks,

Believe it or not, most of the time I shoot the modified tube that came from the factory with my Benelli for geese with Rio BlueSteel shells. I prefer 3 inch 1 1/4 ounce or 3 1/2 inch in 1 3/8 number 2 or BB.

I thoroughly believe the key to killing geese at any distance is to shoot for the head, not the body. Remember, a Canada Goose's head is roughly the same size as a dove, so when you are shooting at passing geese forget about the body and lead the head as if you are pass shooting doves. Doing so will help you reduce non-lethal body hits, and make clean kills at greater distances.

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BearCreek27312's picture

For longer shots use larger shot. I have had good luck with the geese here shooting BB or BBB in 3 1/2" shells as long as the speed is greater than 1500 fps. You should try a variety of brands, all guns pattern differently. Just keep in mind if you use a pattern master choke, it will not work well with flight control wads or loads over 1550 fps.

4 years ago

This has been a love/hate shell for me and my buddies...I do fine with it, but some of the other guys I shoot with hate the stuff. I recommend hitting a few clays before you switch to Hevi-Metal.

4 years ago

"If it flies, it dies."

navyduckhunter's picture

I do like the hevi-metal, using the stock chokes (mod) that came w/ my mossberg auto loader. I switched from an old Fox Side by side this winter, shot w/ hevi metal magnums and knocked down my first pair. The price is a little bit better than hevi shot....that's the driver for me using this load.

4 years ago

I prefer my pattern master Extended Range Code Black (Goose) in my Benelli M2 with Rio Mgn 40 3 inch 1 3/8 ounce 2 or BB. 80 percent pattern retention at 50 yards inside of a 30 inch circle with great penetration.

4 years ago

I prefer my pattern master Extended Range Code Black (Goose) in my Benelli M2 with Rio Mgn 40 3 inch 1 3/8 ounce 2 or BB. 80 percent pattern retention at 50 yards inside of a 30 inch circle with great penetration.

4 years ago

I have had a lot of luck using hevi-metal #2 for ducks and bb for geese. I also use the chokes made by hevi-shot, I found that if you use what they call the long range choke with the #2 it works similar to a modified and with the larger shot it works more like a full.

4 years ago

That look your dog gives you when you miss that bird that you should have been able to hit while blind folded.

chrisopie's picture

Having shot many geese i personally prefer the patternmaster extended long range choke tube. As for shells i prefer a 2 shot as a great all around load. just my two cents. take it for what its worth.

 

4 years ago
Anonymous's picture

I liked your idea on the 3" shells. I have a Benelli VInci that I have been using a Modified Choke with and using Black Cloulds. I have no problems knocking ducks down with #2 shot but if I am going after geese, I feel BB's are the best. 

I also shoot a Remington VersaMax which I love,  I have not found a choke for it that I am crazy about yet. I have recently purchased a Pattern Master choke in Modified that I am anxious to use it. If anyone has an ideas about a good modified choke,let me know. 

Cut em!!  

4 years ago
Acme1Rebel's picture

I've noticed the timber choke with the versamax is pretty good at bringing down geese with a 2shot 3.5 in shell

4 years ago

I've had good luck with the Kicks High Flyer modified. It patterned very well in my 870 with Kents Fasteel.

4 years ago