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Old 11-29-2018, 12:56 PM   #1
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Going on a pheasant hunt in December. One of us is hunting with a 20 ga, one with a 12. What size shot and shells are best suited for each?
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Old 11-29-2018, 01:01 PM   #2
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Wild birds or planted birds? Over dogs or just pushing cut crops?
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Old 11-29-2018, 01:01 PM   #3
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Old 11-29-2018, 01:02 PM   #4
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Nothing smaller than .308 I'd think.
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Old 11-29-2018, 01:14 PM   #5
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Anti aircraft!

Kidding I prefer 5’s. But 4’s kill them dead and 6’s too if they are flushing close
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Old 11-29-2018, 01:15 PM   #6
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#4 shot is what I have used. That and arrows.
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Old 11-29-2018, 01:16 PM   #7
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Old 11-29-2018, 01:16 PM   #8
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Old 11-29-2018, 01:21 PM   #9
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# 4 OR 5. 6 If they flush close.
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Old 11-29-2018, 01:23 PM   #10
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Wild birds or planted birds? Over dogs or just pushing cut crops?
This question first- it makes a huge difference. I've been a few times to a fancy-schmancy shooting preserve/club in Kansas where we shot planted birds over dogs. I shot high brass #6 in a 20 gauge and it was almost overkill. Most guys with 12 gauges were shooting #8 and it was plenty. Wild birds in stubble or CRP fields is a different story.
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Old 11-29-2018, 02:11 PM   #11
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#4s.
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Old 11-29-2018, 02:12 PM   #12
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I use #4 or #2 for wild birds.
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Old 11-29-2018, 02:20 PM   #13
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Wild late season birds you might want to go to #4 with mod or Im choke.

For tame birds #6 dove loads and cylinder or IC.

Worlds apart between late season wild birds vs tame.
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Old 11-29-2018, 02:46 PM   #14
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A semi auto 20 ga loaded w/ 3'' high brass #4's or 5's.

You will know if you are hunting wild birds. They are already bailing out of the field at the first sound of the truck.
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Old 11-29-2018, 02:54 PM   #15
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Fiocchi Golden Pheasant are the shiite
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Old 11-29-2018, 02:56 PM   #16
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6 shot hi brass 23/4 all you need !!
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Old 11-29-2018, 03:27 PM   #17
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Hi Brass 5s or 4s are death and destruction. No need for 3", imo.


Planted birds...dove loads.


Have fun!
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Old 11-29-2018, 03:28 PM   #18
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#5 hi-brass.
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Old 11-29-2018, 03:43 PM   #19
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Old 11-29-2018, 05:17 PM   #20
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10 4, thx. Yes, we will be shootin at pen raised birds.
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Old 11-29-2018, 05:39 PM   #21
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10 4, thx. Yes, we will be shootin at pen raised birds.


6s will be fine, shot hundreds with 7 1/2s.


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Old 11-29-2018, 06:00 PM   #22
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Never hunted pen raised birds. Use 4’s on the wild ones.
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Old 11-29-2018, 06:05 PM   #23
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6.5 creedmor
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Old 11-29-2018, 06:41 PM   #24
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#6 field load
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Old 11-29-2018, 08:12 PM   #25
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#6s with a 20ga will be ok?
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Old 11-29-2018, 08:13 PM   #26
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10 4, thx. Yes, we will be shootin at pen raised birds.
7.5's are plenty good.
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Old 11-29-2018, 08:24 PM   #27
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My favorite is 2 3/4" heavy loads in a 12 gauge. 3" #4's for a 20 gauge. They're tough birds and I don't like chasing them. It's bad enough walking for miles looking for them.
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Old 11-29-2018, 11:30 PM   #28
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#6 lead is said to be the best ever duck killers on our planet by ducks Unlimited years ago...now it's all complicated in regards to waterfowl & effective shot.

Never gone after pheasant but know what I would take
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Old 11-29-2018, 11:33 PM   #29
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#6s with a 20ga will be ok?


Oh yeah.


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Old 11-29-2018, 11:36 PM   #30
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Remington nitro mag 3", #2, 4 or 6 your pick
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Old 11-29-2018, 11:36 PM   #31
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10 4, thx. Yes, we will be shootin at pen raised birds.
6 is good, make sure itís lead.

Steel doesnít have as much energy.

Shot 18 in two days a few weeks ago in Kansas.
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Old 11-29-2018, 11:37 PM   #32
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#6s with a 20ga will be ok?
We hunted in Kansas a few weeks ago and there was older guy that switched from 20 to 12 mid hunt because he wasnít knocking them down.
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Old 11-29-2018, 11:47 PM   #33
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We hunted in Kansas a few weeks ago and there was older guy that switched from 20 to 12 mid hunt because he wasnít knocking them down.
That's a Indian not the arrow issue. Most of my group shoots high brass 28 ga 6's very efficiently.
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Old 11-29-2018, 11:54 PM   #34
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I have always used 7 1/2 or even #8's in a 12ga. and did fine. These were wild birds. Only reason, we always got into quail as well and could not knock those suckers down with #6's!!!
Since yall will be hunting pen birds, 7 1/2 is probably all you will need.
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Old 11-30-2018, 12:01 AM   #35
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That's a Indian not the arrow issue. Most of my group shoots high brass 28 ga 6's very efficiently.
Definitely could have been.

Iíve shot them only with 12g.
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Old 11-30-2018, 07:03 AM   #36
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What are most of y'all shooting, Pterodactyls? I've had good luck with a 28ga using 7.5's.
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Old 11-30-2018, 08:06 AM   #37
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Just came back from my first (2) pheasant hunts this year. One in Kansas and one near college station. Both were planted birds and we used high brass 2 3/4Ē 7.5 shot and that was plenty


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Old 11-30-2018, 09:14 AM   #38
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We've used 12ga 3" #5s the last two years on wild birds in Kansas with great results.
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