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Use tested steel shotshell loads.

  • Make sure you buy the appropriate size steel shotshells.
  • Review the chart "Proven Steel Shot Loads for Waterfowl" published by the Cooperative North American Shotgunning Education Program.

Pattern your shotgun.

  • Shotguns pattern differently depending on the type of shot as well as other factors.
  • Pattern testing helps you find the maximum effective range for your shotgun.

Adjust your gun and practice shooting.

  • Gun fit, mounting, swing speed, and forward allowance are critical to shooting success.
  • Be sure your gun is properly adjusted.
  • Practice shooting at moving targets throughout the year.

Learn your necessary forward allowance—the air space needed to make consistent, clean hits.

  • Forward allowance looks different for each person based on a number of factors.
  • This is necessary to shoot at any practical distance.

Practice with the same loads you use when hunting. Using different loads when practicing or hunting makes learning difficult.