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    Default sea duck shot size?

    Just a quick question, I have shot a few scoters, and oldsquaws but none with nice plumage just early season birds, normally using 2 shot and BB, (bad luck with 4's just breaking wings and having to chase them down and water swat. But I had a question about Harlequin? has anybody shot them? I was thinking just use 2's, but would like some background on it because I don't want to be chasing down birds. Also for scoters, for surf scoter I just used the 2's but for late season should I bump up to a number 1 or a BB pellet?

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    Sound like your on it.. Also depends on whether decoying or pass shooting.. I would bump up to 1 or BB's if pass shooting.. But for decoying birds I would stick with 2s.
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    I used BB during my sea duck hunt with pretty good success. Those birds are tough as nails.

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    Depending on the wind. I will use from a BB to size 2. Sea ducks are tough birds to bring down at times.
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    Kevelar feathers! I switched to a punt gun to take them down! Actually I found harlequins were pretty easy to kill, but the scoters and oldquaw are tough. I would go with 2s or 3s for harlequins 2's or bigger for other species.
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    I would also bring a bunch of small shot (#4) for head swatting cripples. Nothing like blowing off half a box of bb chasing one bird.
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    I have only been sea duck hunting once so take this for what is worth with limited experiance. I shot No.1 Kent 3 1/2 inch with a patternmaster and had very good performace. I'm looking forward to sneaking out this year as it will be my last in Ak. Honestly though, i feel anything No.2 and up should perform very well for sea ducks. I tend to favor a smaller shot size due to the fact i seem shoot it better. For what it's worth I love no.4 in a 3 inch shell for puddlers.

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    you go with the more bb's less aim method.....i like it!
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    Also BB for those Geese that are flying out there....
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    Thanks for all the suggestions! I now have 2 boxes of BB and a box and a half of 2's plus left over 4's that I shot earlier in the season. Super ready to put some sea ducks down, I know they sure are tough.

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    Wind can be a factor also. If wind is really blowing I will go to BB. no wind I drop down to #2
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