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#5544690 - 01/15/15 11:30 AM Pheasant Shot Size Question
FamousAmos Offline
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Will hunt a preserve next week. Plan to hunt with a 20 gauge over and under.

What shot size would your recommend? I think 6's. Too small?
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#5544726 - 01/15/15 11:43 AM Re: Pheasant Shot Size Question [Re: FamousAmos]
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#6 is perfect for a preserve hunt.

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#5544735 - 01/15/15 11:47 AM Re: Pheasant Shot Size Question [Re: FamousAmos]
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6's work, have killed a bunch of preserve birds with 7.5's as well.
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#5544790 - 01/15/15 12:10 PM Re: Pheasant Shot Size Question [Re: FamousAmos]
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Registered: 04/19/07
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Originally Posted By: FamousAmos
Will hunt a preserve next week. Plan to hunt with a 20 gauge over and under.

What shot size would your recommend? I think 6's. Too small?


Works Perfect, I use high brass 7's a lot also


Don't shoot them point plank let them get a little space

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#5544835 - 01/15/15 12:24 PM Re: Pheasant Shot Size Question [Re: FamousAmos]
stinkbelly Offline
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#6 over close dogs is excellent in 20.
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#5545033 - 01/15/15 02:17 PM Re: Pheasant Shot Size Question [Re: FamousAmos]
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Registered: 03/03/14
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Loc: Wharton, TX
Shootem' in the head so you don't ruin the meat!

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#5545287 - 01/15/15 04:29 PM Re: Pheasant Shot Size Question [Re: FamousAmos]
Just Nate Offline
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either 6 or 7 1/2 low brass.

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#5545320 - 01/15/15 04:46 PM Re: Pheasant Shot Size Question [Re: FamousAmos]
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I'd go light loads on pen raised birds.
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#5545578 - 01/15/15 06:28 PM Re: Pheasant Shot Size Question [Re: FamousAmos]
rdh1 Offline
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IMO pheasants are nice size birds pin raised or wild I would use #5s no smaller
Fiocchi gold GPX #5s is all I use


Edited by rdh1 (01/15/15 06:30 PM)
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#5547670 - 01/16/15 08:11 PM Re: Pheasant Shot Size Question [Re: rdh1]
ALM TXhunter Offline
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Registered: 10/17/13
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Loc: Sugar Land, TX
Originally Posted By: rdh1
IMO pheasants are nice size birds pin raised or wild I would use #5s no smaller
Fiocchi gold GPX #5s is all I use


Agreed. I have always used the Fiocchi golden pheasant load #5's (with that neat looking pheasant on the box) hunting wild birds. Have never hunted pen raised birds but don't see how that makes much of a difference. A friend of mine, long time pheasant hunter, thinks that with a dog there is less concern of shot size, but without a dog you want to drop em down so they are less prone to wounding and running away and hiding.

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#5547730 - 01/16/15 08:43 PM Re: Pheasant Shot Size Question [Re: FamousAmos]
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I've shot a lot of both preserve and wild pheasants, by this time of the year their feathers are fully mature and dense, making them a little tougher to kill. I would go with 6 shot for preserve birds shot over dogs inside of 30 yds. Early season 7 1/2 would work as well. Late season wild birds, where shots will be 35 to 45 yards, number 5 shot really comes into it's own.
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#5548000 - 01/17/15 07:04 AM Re: Pheasant Shot Size Question [Re: ALM TXhunter]
Buckenvy Offline
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Registered: 10/11/13
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Originally Posted By: ALM TXhunter
Originally Posted By: rdh1
IMO pheasants are nice size birds pin raised or wild I would use #5s no smaller
Fiocchi gold GPX #5s is all I use


Agreed. I have always used the Fiocchi golden pheasant load #5's (with that neat looking pheasant on the box) hunting wild birds. Have never hunted pen raised birds but don't see how that makes much of a difference. A friend of mine, long time pheasant hunter, thinks that with a dog there is less concern of shot size, but without a dog you want to drop em down so they are less prone to wounding and running away and hiding.


I prefer #4'S MYSELF,but we hunt Iowa and South Dakota...

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#5548091 - 01/17/15 08:27 AM Re: Pheasant Shot Size Question [Re: FamousAmos]
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Registered: 03/17/11
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Loc: Rowlett, Texas
I have harvested a ton of preserve birds with the Rio high brass, heavy load 7.5s. It surprised even me. I would probably suggest the 6 shot if it is mostly pheasants though.

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#5549430 - 01/18/15 07:46 AM Re: Pheasant Shot Size Question [Re: FamousAmos]
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7.5s will work just fine.

If these birds were getting up 50 yards ahead of you, I'd say 6s with a tighter choke.
Typically if hunting over dogs they are going to flush within a few yards of you. 20 gauge 7.5s will kill them all day long.
I used my 28 gauge last year in Kansas. Worked great.

If it will cut a tree in two, it'll kill a chicken.
No real need to pay big dough for fancy ammo.
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#5566483 - 01/26/15 09:28 PM Re: Pheasant Shot Size Question [Re: FamousAmos]
rowdydog1 Offline
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I normally use 6s in sd. But I used a 28ga with number 8s on a preserve hunt. Worked fine but I would have used bigger shot if doing it again.

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