Back to Kent Bismuth. My wife and I have shot probably a dozen ducks with the Bismuth 5's over the past two years. Most were wood ducks at relatively close range. But I did drop a mallard stone dead at about 45 yards with the full choke barrel of a Model 90. I have noticed no problems with it. I have also killed about 5 roosters with it.
My wife is a strong advocate for non-toxic ammo for hunting. We bought a good supply of Kent Bismuth, so this year she shot the 16 ga Kent Bismuth 6's at all upland birds: woodcock grouse pheasant quail. She likes the concept of one shell for all bird hunting. "Green for birds, purple for targets". I still have plenty of lead but am shooting more Bismuth. I hope Kent can continue to offer these shells at this price.
As for the 28 ga Bismuth 6's, I just tried them last week on some Kansas quail. They worked great with a SK2 choke. I had brought them along in case we hunted some areas where no tox was required. But I ended up using them primarily. The other loads I had, mostly 3/4 oz AA's, wouldn't regularly cycle the Franchi AL-48. The 7/8 oz bismuth cycled it about 90%, the AA's about 20%. I need to give it a good cleaning and some testing before I take it on another out of state hunt.
Its gonna be a cold weekend, maybe I can figure out how to post some pics.
Fourtown, did you shoot those ducks on Fourtown Lake? Nice place.
FWIW, I was pulling #5 Kent BI shot out of pheasants that I shot this season and the shot is much smaller than the #5 shot that we use here. I have not been super happy with it myself, though a few birds have been taken with it, a few have been lost also.
It may be my imagination but I wonder if it patterns super tight and that could be part of my problem - hitting birds with just the fringe of the pattern. One bird I shot had only the primary tips of the feathers shot off, but a good dog caught him anyway. The pattern in the feathers was super tight for the range of the shot.
I have been using 15/16 oz,1oz and 1 1/16 oz oz #4 (Rotometal's)with very good results out of the 16 gauges this year. Ducks and a couple of geese. I just treat it like lead using full,imp/mod,and modified. I do use my 12 gauge Ithaca with a 1 3/16 oz of 1's (buffered) when hunting geese. A low recoil killer to 50 plus yards.
Joined: 02 Jun 2016
Location: Boreal Shield of Ontario
This fall I bought a case of Kent bismuth #5 loads. Combined with my Simson
16 bore model 70, 32 in barrels, F/IM, I harvested 7 Canada geese, 4 mallards, 1 Black, 4 Bluebills and 6 woodies on Georgian Bay. Shots from my blind were 10-42 meters. I fired 28 shots. I am converted to Kent Bismuth as my only non tox ammo now.
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Joined: 06 Nov 2009
Location: West Coast of WI
It's good to hear these positive reviews. I bought up a decent supply, but I just haven't had to use any (yet) for my upland hunting. I did use it one day duck hunting last fall and cleanly folded a woodie with the only shot I had in range that morning. Sounds like they're not at tungsten/matrix level, but really decent for normal shooting ranges. I submitted the pictures of the patterns on the Cabela's reviews a couple years ago because they did pattern really well and I wanted to support the cause. Thanks for sharing your observations.
Joined: 06 Apr 2007
Location: The Great Northwet
I used the Kent 6's on quail this year to great effect. I even opened them up and put a polywad spreader disc on top and re-crimped. Worked great. My only complaint is that they are pretty hot loads to be using in vintage guns, leading to wood cracking. I have a small crack starting in my Husky that I attribute to this.
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