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#5901831 - 08/28/15 09:46 PM shot size for dove???
Nick1 Offline
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Registered: 07/27/14
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Loc: Central Tx
new to dove hunting... got invited to a friends land on Tuesday to shoot some dove. So whats the most common shell for dove hunting? I'll be shooting my new 12g beretta a300. I was gonna get some 2 3/4 shells for sure but for dove, what size shot are yall using? was thinking 8's...keep in mind im a shotgun newbie too. Thanks for the advice.

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#5901868 - 08/28/15 10:05 PM Re: shot size for dove??? [Re: Nick1]
SnakeWrangler Offline
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7 1/2, 8, or 9
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#5901873 - 08/28/15 10:06 PM Re: shot size for dove??? [Re: Nick1]
Guy Offline
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I always get 8, 7.5 works fine too for dove. I always grab 8 because that is best for clay shooting as well.

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#5901886 - 08/28/15 10:16 PM Re: shot size for dove??? [Re: Nick1]
Nick1 Offline
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Registered: 07/27/14
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Loc: Central Tx
thanks...what choke should I use for dove???

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#5901887 - 08/28/15 10:16 PM Re: shot size for dove??? [Re: Nick1]
STEW Offline
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Registered: 06/10/12
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Loc: Mansfield, TX
I have the A300 as well. I use 7.5 1 1/8 shell with Mod choke

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#5901891 - 08/28/15 10:18 PM Re: shot size for dove??? [Re: Nick1]
BradyBuck Offline
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Registered: 10/18/07
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Loc: Abilene, TX
7.5 or 8

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#5901893 - 08/28/15 10:18 PM Re: shot size for dove??? [Re: Nick1]
Guy Offline
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Originally Posted By: Nick1
thanks...what choke should I use for dove???

I use IC all the time, don't take a shot more than 40 yards, preferably 30 yard max..

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#5901894 - 08/28/15 10:19 PM Re: shot size for dove??? [Re: Nick1]
BuckRage Offline
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Yep I use IC mostly
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#5901897 - 08/28/15 10:22 PM Re: shot size for dove??? [Re: Nick1]
bermise Offline
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Improved Cylinder, light modified & modified are good choices for dove. 7.5 or 8 shot.

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#5901919 - 08/28/15 10:45 PM Re: shot size for dove??? [Re: Nick1]
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7.5 or 8 either one should do it,but I like 9 for clays most of the time bang
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#5901939 - 08/28/15 11:10 PM Re: shot size for dove??? [Re: Nick1]
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You should shoot whatever patterns best in your gun. I see a significant difference in killed bird numbers between 7.5s and 8s. I always buy 8s because they're on sale. But when I get to the field, I always kick myself for not picking up the 7.5s like I knew I should.

7.5 AAs through an IC choke.

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#5901943 - 08/28/15 11:15 PM Re: shot size for dove??? [Re: Nick1]
westexhunt Offline
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Registered: 11/05/12
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Loc: San Angelo
With the white wings and ring necks mixed in I prefer to shoot 1 1/8 oz 7.5 shot. Seem to get fewer fly offs.


Edited by westexhunt (08/28/15 11:15 PM)

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#5901947 - 08/28/15 11:18 PM Re: shot size for dove??? [Re: Nick1]
odwraca Offline
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Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 76
Loc: Dallas Tx
Anyone ever shoot 6?

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#5901996 - 08/29/15 12:22 AM Re: shot size for dove??? [Re: Nick1]
John Humbert Offline
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IMHO, shooting 9's just gets too many cripples or fly offs/long glides. They also make longer shots tougher. But I guess if you're a great shot and shoot clays all the times with 9's, and limit to close shots - then go for it. I stay away from them on actual birds.

I generally have a mix of 8's and 7.5's with me on the hunts. Since I usually go on guided hunts, I am not sure of the conditions. Some times they take us to spots where the birds are easily ambushed and the shots close. Then I grab a box of 8's. Other times, the setup turns out to be longer shots, on birds that are in the open/passing shots. Then I grab a box of 7.5's.

And yes, I have been known to grab a few 6's and put them in my pocket, just in case conditions indicate. Once, with our setup, after the initially flurry of birds, the birds changed the flight paths and were avoiding the hunters. They seemed to figure out how to stay just a little out of normal range out a ways in the field, moving fast. You really couldn't reposition on them. Most of the guys were missing them at that distance or just getting feathers. I remembered I had a box of 6's, and voila - started dropping more than my share at extreme ranges. Since then, I always keep a box of 6's in the truck - just in case.


Edited by John Humbert (08/29/15 12:23 AM)

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#5902030 - 08/29/15 02:13 AM Re: shot size for dove??? [Re: Nick1]
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I got 7.5 because that was all that I could find
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