What's your preferred dove load?

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  1. Meats

    Meats Elite Refuge Member

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    What ever Walmart has on sale.
    Its doves...................not rocket science.
     
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    smashdn Elite Refuge Member

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    1 oz of 8's through a mod choked 16ga Remington Model 58.
     
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    theswampthing Elite Refuge Member

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    Those are sweet guns, aren't they? I have one in 12. Never had a gun fit me that well. What's your's choked to?

    Used mine all last year, except for ducks.
     
  4. Creek Henry

    Creek Henry Elite Refuge Member

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    Has anyone noticed a big difference in performance between #7.5 and #8? I gave up on trying to get #9 to work (no range and very effected by wind) and #6 don't pattern dense enough, imo... not in 1oz anyway.

    The pellet count for 1 1/8oz #7.5 is the same as 1oz #8 so if recoil is about the same, I guess it is all about getting the cheaper shell. But, hey, we always look for ways to get more birds in the bag with fewer shots!
     
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    WOODIE13 Elite Refuge Member

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    I prefer the 1 1/8 of #8's, just a good dense pattern. When I hunted white wings in TX, #6's worked well for me.
     
  6. smashdn

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    Modified.

    Last 16ga remington to be built on a scaled frame.

    I use mine on ducks on occasion as well.


    I'll use 6's late in the season. We have a late dove season that overlaps rabbit and quail. I'll carry 6's to cover all my bases though they are really too big for quail.
     
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    Squaller Elite Refuge Member

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    For the 12 ga., I generally prefer a 1 1/8th oz load of #7 1/2's... #6's if it is longer shooting (I get a nice dense pattern in a full choke).

    Usually I play around with my Browning O/U 20 ga. a bit, but this season it was the only gun I used. We were shooting a few Euro's and pigeons as well. A 7/8 oz load of #7 1/2's is a good load, with 1 oz of #6's in the top barrel for longer shots or to help out with a Euro or Pigeon... I shot the gun so well, I am considering taking it duck hunting this season.

    I get pretty good patterns with #6's in the 20 ga., and for valley quail a 1 oz load of #6's is my standard load. I have a lot less cripples and lost birds with this load (as cripples are frequently unrecoverable in the terrain I hunt for quail).

    The Euro's in our area are a tough bird... Not quite as tough as a pigeon, but a lot tougher than a mourning dove:

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  8. Creek Henry

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    I'll probably go mod/full also on Euros also when they start getting more common. I"ve seen a few around here, but not many. They are big for doves.

    I want to get in to feed-lot pidgeon hunting but I didn't garner any interest from the feelers I put on (to ranchers in the area). #6 shot would probably be best for those flying hogs :)
     
  9. skeetshooter105

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    I use 1/2oz. # 8 1/2 shot in the 2 1/2" .410 for doves here in Kentucky... Shoot a Winchester Model 42, 28" bbl. with mod choke.
     
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    billwnr Elite Refuge Member

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    I've been shooting 1 oz of 7.5 shot out of my 12 gauge. Chokes are Cyl and IC in my o/u.
     

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