Favorite Loads

Discussion in 'Upland Game Forum' started by CamoHunter870, Mar 21, 2001.

  1. CamoHunter870

    CamoHunter870 Elite Refuge Member

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    Just wondering what every one likes to shot for pheasants.
    Myself I like to use 2 3/4" lead 4's or have found that i like high velocity steel 2's in a 3". Seems that you dont have to lead them so much.
     
  2. GulfCoast

    GulfCoast Moderate Moderator Moderator

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    1300 FPS load of 1 1/4 oz #5's
     
  3. OldHunter

    OldHunter Senior Refuge Member

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    I shoot most of my pheasants with a 20 ga. I like lead 1 oz #5 or 6, first shot, 1 1/4oz #5 or 4 for followups.
     
  4. KEN

    KEN Moderator Moderator

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    1 1/4 0z lead 6's for early season and 1 3/8 oz 4's at 1330 fps for late season.
     
  5. HunterNWyo

    HunterNWyo Senior Refuge Member

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    I have a few cases of old Winchester Western Mark 5 12 gauge shells that I use quite a bit and really like. 4 or 6 shot in 2 3/4" with 1 1/4 to 1 1/2oz. For really wild birds I've messed around with 2 shot of the same variety before. When I really get serious about it I go to 3" lead 6's, 1 1/2 to 1 5/8oz, with an improved cylinder choke. Hits them ol' roosters HARD. If birds are holding really tight, I sometimes will go to 1oz. 7 1/2's. And I've killed plenty of pheasants with 2 3/4" 1 oz. 6's out of my 20 gauge, too.
     
  6. HTDUCK

    HTDUCK Elite Refuge Member

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    Well this being the first year I got to hunt wild birds,I loaded some really really hot
    1 1/4 oz 12's.Used Hogdon Longshot powder
    and got the shot charge going at a little over 1500 fps.Loaded 1 1/4 oz 5s in the 12.

    I also loaded 4 boxes of 20's using this same powder and 7/8 oz of 6s at about 1395
    fps.
    Both killed birds out to 60 yards stone dead.
    Have a look at the powder in Hogdon's catalog
    it's awesome stuff!

    See Ya
    HTDuck
     
  7. Buckeye Quacker

    Buckeye Quacker Senior Refuge Member

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    I usually go with 2 3/4" high brass 5's through Improved cylinder early season then I switch over to 3" 4's improved mod late season.
    Good safe hunting,
    B.Q.
     
  8. JN

    JN Senior Refuge Member

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    2 3/4 #5's works here
     
  9. flashman

    flashman Elite Refuge Member

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    Ouch, those loads sound like they hurt! I use 1 oz #71/2 in the modified barrel, and 1 oz. 6 in the full of my 16 ga. Hit them well forward and down they come! :cool:
     

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