After using Remington "Express" and Winchester "Super X" lead 4's for years out of a skeet choked Browning Superposed to shoot mostly woodies early and black ducks later on in the season, it was hard to switch to steel. For a long time I used a 16 gauge Ithaca Model 37 with Federal steel 2's. In 1997 I switched to a 12 gauge Browning BPS and shot Winchester Super-X steel 2's (2 3/4") with a modified choke. Last season I tried Ballistic Products "ITX" shot in handloads--I use 2's with their recommended Longshot recipe and I hope that this shot is available forever. It drops ducks like my old lead loads, geese too! You can shoot this out of any gun and I plan to reaquaint a couple of my Model 12 Duck guns to the ducks and geese this month. Good shooting and remember-let 'em come in.
1 1/8 oz load of #4, Unique at about 1400 FPS. I use lead on my duck hunt because steel and other shot does not do as well.
I had a friend who duck guided in the bay. He tried steel and the ducks flew away and then dropped dead in the marsh. If he did drop a duck with steel and got it to the blind you could hold the duck by the neck and shake it. You could hear the steel shot hit the floor. He would keep the steel shot in the blind just for the game warden when he came around but had his lead shot hidden in the blind and or marsh.