What's your preferred dove load?

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  1. Joe Hunter

    Joe Hunter Senior Refuge Member

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    Creek -- It doesn't take much to kill a dove as long as you can put the pellets in the front end!

    For out to 40 yard dove shooting, a 20ga 7/8 oz load of #8 lead shot is a good load. If you want to shoot 20ga steel loads, then the 3/4 oz #7 steel load works just fine for this kind of shooting.

    Here are a few pattern numbers from a 7/8 oz #8 lead load and a 3/4 oz #7 steel load to give you an idea of the kind of patterns you might get. Pattern results from 20ga Browning Citori with 28" Invector-plus barrels and Briley flush chokes (patterns average of five, 30" post-shot scribed circle, yardage taped muzzle to target, and in-shell pellet count average of five).

    20 GA 2 3/4' WINCHESTER AA TARGET LOAD
    7/8 oz #8 lead (356 pellets) @ 1,200 fps
    30 YARDS – SK / pattern 230 (65%)
    40 YARDS – IM / pattern 225 (63%)

    20GA 2 3/4" WINCHESTER XPERT STEEL LOAD
    3/4 oz #7 steel (327 pellets) @ 1,425 fps
    30 YARDS - SK / pattern 221 (68%)
    40 YARDS - IM / pattern 197 (60%)

    When the shooting gets beyond the 40-yard mark, a 12ga with 1 oz of #7 ? lead pellets or #6 steel is probably a better way to go.

    Here are a few pattern numbers from a 12ga 1 oz #7 1/2 lead load and a #6 steel load to give you an idea of what you might get. Pattern results from a 12ga Browning Citori with 28" Invector-plus barrels and Briley flush chokes (patterns average of five, 30" post-shot scribed circle, yardage taped muzzle to target, and in-shell pellet count average of five).

    12 GA 2 3/4" WINCHESTER AA XTRA-LITE TRAP LOAD
    1 oz #7 ? lead (344 pellets) @ 1,180 fps
    30 YARDS – SK / pattern 248 (72%)
    40 YARDS – M / pattern 272 (79%)

    12 GA 2 3/4" WINCHESTER XPERT GAME & TARGET STEEL LOAD
    1 oz #6 steel (306 pellets) @ 1,325 fps
    30 YARDS – SK / pattern 234 (76%)
    40 YARDS – M / pattern 222 (73%)

    Remember, if you can't put the pattern on the front end of the dove then little else matters!

    Good luck.
     
  2. 3drahthaars

    3drahthaars Elite Refuge Member

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    ... and try to keep the shot in front of the birds.

    Like a later post mentions... it's not rocket science.


    3ds
     
  3. Ben Perez

    Ben Perez Elite Refuge Member

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    I have shot Winchester Super X for several years. In fact, that all I have shot. My gun really likes it, so that's what I shoot. I prefer 7 1/2's.
     
  4. SMF

    SMF Senior Refuge Member

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    1 1/8 federal paper 8's for quail and doves... either 2 3/4 or 3 drams it does not matter, but that's only because I love the way they smell. (They shoot really well too). I use the same load in 7.5's for huns and sharptails.
     
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    itallushrt Elite Refuge Member

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    Luigi Daniele Elite Refuge Member

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    Hahahahaha :D
     
  7. ALMODUX

    ALMODUX Elite Refuge Member

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    1oz of 7.5/8, out of a 16ga is still the most perfect dove combo ever created. :tu
     

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