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yellowfin
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re: Were older generations better wing shooters than us?


they also shot lead





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mack the knife
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re: Were older generations better wing shooters than us?


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a game called bump when shooting skeet


that is fun!






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Tchefuncte Tiger
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re: Were older generations better wing shooters than us?


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a man would have one shotgun that had to do everything from ducks to deer. Just wondering what some of your thoughts are on this.


This is true. I used my 870 Wingmaster with fixed modified choke from 1977 until I got concerned about steel shot damaging the barrel. You learned how to pick your shots to end up with more kills and less cripples.



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Shexter
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a man would have one shotgun that had to do everything from ducks to deer.

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You learned how to pick your shots to end up with more kills


In 1980, you had only a handful of options for camo patterns - gray tree bark and military

In other words, hunters today spend way too much time focusing on gear, and should get more practice actually HUNTING....







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Boudreaux35
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re: Were older generations better wing shooters than us?


At the duck camp I grew up in, everyone who hunted with a choke other than full had a boyfriend.





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Chris4x4gill2
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re: Were older generations better wing shooters than us?


Undoubtedly the older generations as a whole were better shots. I would have bet on my granddaddy up against anyone back in the day. For them shooting / hunting and hitting your target meant food on the table or going hungry.

In the 20's my grandfather was sent out with a slingshot to bring home squirrel and rabbit for supper. He didnt get to carry his daddies shotgun until his older brothers went off into the army.






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TutHillTiger
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re: Were older generations better wing shooters than us?


Yes no doubt about it. They hunted more often and shoot more.





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KingRanch
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re: Were older generations better wing shooters than us?


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slingshot to bring home squirrel and rabbit for supper.


The only thing I've killed with a slingshot is a dove. It wasn't even the one I was aiming for in the group.








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yellowfin
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re: Were older generations better wing shooters than us?


I killed a muscovy duck in Girard Park with a slingshot back in college


made the pledges clean it






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Spaceman Spiff
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re: Were older generations better wing shooters than us?


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Undoubtedly the older generations as a whole were better shots. I would have bet on my granddaddy up against anyone back in the day. For them shooting / hunting and hitting your target meant food on the table or going hungry.

In the 20's my grandfather was sent out with a slingshot to bring home squirrel and rabbit for supper. He didnt get to carry his daddies shotgun until his older brothers went off into the army.


^This. My Grandfather could really shoot. He grew up on a farm in the '20s and '30s, and as someone else said it meant food. In the later '30s, he joined the USAAF and eventually became a bombardier. He always said that part of the training (they were also taught gunnery), they did a lot of skeet shooting. He stayed in the USAF until the last '60s. I have plenty of photos of him and his crew showing the results of duck/pheasant hunts in Japan, Korea, etc. And when I say results, you could say truckload would be about right. He hunted up until his 70s or so, and I went on many dove shoots with him. Never saw him miss much at all...






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Chris4x4gill2
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re: Were older generations better wing shooters than us?


He use to take a bucket full of nuts fishing. Used them in his (homemade) slingshot to shoot snakes. a 5/8 nut will tear a snake in half.





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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Were older generations better wing shooters than us?


You see so many long barreled full choke guns because people only had one gun. It needed to be used for everything between deer and doves.

Full choked long barrels were best for buckshot, so that's what most bought for their one gun.






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White Bear
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re: Were older generations better wing shooters than us?


I figure the full chokes were for longer ranges, and the long barrels were needed due to slower burning powders.

I shoot all fixed full in old guns myself. Never got into swapping chokes, patterning and all the hair splitting.






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Boudreaux35
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killed a muscovy duck in Girard Park with a slingshot back in college made the pledges clean it


I wonder how often that happened....Or maybe I know you.






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ducksnbass
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At the duck camp I grew up in, everyone who hunted with a choke other than full had a boyfriend.








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ReelFun
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Both of my grandfathers were good shots. My maternal grandfather, pow pow Dish, grew up on a rice farm. He would get two shells, if he brought meat home, he got two more. If he came home empty handed that was it for the day.

When I am running low on shells in the dove field, my hit percentage goes way up. basically waiting on better shot opportunities than shooting at everything that passes in range.






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jimbeam
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Speaking of lead shot, is/was it 100% lead? Does anyone have a link to the studies that led (lol) to its ban?





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Ole Geauxt
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re: Were older generations better wing shooters than us?


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yellowfin


gonna send you an email sometime sorta maybe in the near future.






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Nascar Fan
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re: Were older generations better wing shooters than us?


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Were older generations better wing shooters than us?

Yep we still are






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OntarioTiger
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re: Were older generations better wing shooters than us?


I second the motion on shell value – if you grew up in the early 1900s esp in the depression money was tight, one old cajun I hunted w/ had shooting lanes in his dekes, he would letem land and get 2-3 w/ one shell w/ an Arky wingshot ;) Old habits die hard he gave me hell for shooting more than 2X at a bird.

And yep when shell supply gets low I buckle down and make them count






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