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#6077386 - 12/10/15 05:35 PM what shot
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What is your preferred load for pheasants?
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#6077388 - 12/10/15 05:37 PM Re: what shot [Re: Erichugh22]
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Sixes
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#6077435 - 12/10/15 06:12 PM Re: what shot [Re: Erichugh22]
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20 ga 3 inch 5's
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#6077437 - 12/10/15 06:13 PM Re: what shot [Re: Erichugh22]
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5 or 6 if lead
3 or 4 if steel (ugghh)
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#6077454 - 12/10/15 06:18 PM Re: what shot [Re: Erichugh22]
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Thanks, heading out a week from tomorrow. Cant wait!
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#6077525 - 12/10/15 06:54 PM Re: what shot [Re: Erichugh22]
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Fiocchi gold GPX 5
IM choke
That is all I have used for the last 8yrs or so
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#6077636 - 12/10/15 07:46 PM Re: what shot [Re: Erichugh22]
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2-3/4 inch high brass 6's.

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#6078070 - 12/11/15 07:01 AM Re: what shot [Re: Erichugh22]
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Originally Posted By: Erichugh22
Thanks, heading out a week from tomorrow. Cant wait!


Give us an update when you get back.

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#6078940 - 12/11/15 04:43 PM Re: what shot [Re: Erichugh22]
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Before moving to Texas, most of my hunting season was pheasant. Over pointing dogs, I used 20ga 2 3/4" #5 or #6 for early season birds or 16ga 2 3/4 #6.

I highly recommend Fiochi Golden Pheasant. It works.

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#6079529 - 12/11/15 11:49 PM Re: what shot [Re: Erichugh22]
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I think pheasants have a big variety that could be considered appropriate shot and loads. Over points you can shoot an ounce of 6's and do great. If hunting CRP with birds flushing wild, the heavier payloads of 5's really help. If it's windy and/or taking going away shots at distance, we have used 4's multiple times. I think you'll notice a big difference taking shots breast facing or back facing, pheasants are fairly easy to bring down, but shooting 6's up their back at 40 yards is the quickest way to have a cross country rooster chase I know of up

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#6079530 - 12/11/15 11:50 PM Re: what shot [Re: Erichugh22]
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overall ounce and a quarter nickel plated 5's are great, you might explode one if it gets up at your feet, but you will have significantly less cripples and runners if the shots aren't ideal.

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#6079581 - 12/12/15 04:52 AM Re: what shot [Re: Esh and Hattie]
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Originally Posted By: Esh and Hattie
I think pheasants have a big variety that could be considered appropriate shot and loads. Over points you can shoot an ounce of 6's and do great. If hunting CRP with birds flushing wild, the heavier payloads of 5's really help. If it's windy and/or taking going away shots at distance, we have used 4's multiple times. I think you'll notice a big difference taking shots breast facing or back facing, pheasants are fairly easy to bring down, but shooting 6's up their back at 40 yards is the quickest way to have a cross country rooster chase I know of up


Yep somewhere there's a video of me chasing down a wounded pheasant on foot for about 200 yards across a field in Montana. They thought it was hilarious, no way my first pheasant was getting away though. That was with number 6's.
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#6083259 - 12/14/15 12:07 PM Re: what shot [Re: Erichugh22]
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Went to cabelas yesterday and found a whole case of Kent fast lead 2 3/4" #5's for $89.99. Couldn't pass on that deal. Kents are all I shoot for waterfowl, hopefully their pheasant shells are the same quality.
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#6084764 - 12/15/15 07:58 AM Re: what shot [Re: Erichugh22]
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Originally Posted By: Erichugh22
What is your preferred load for pheasants?


I shoot a 12 ga Browning A-5. I use Fiocchi Golden Pheasant #6s in 3".
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#6085949 - 12/15/15 04:56 PM Re: what shot [Re: Erichugh22]
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Originally Posted By: Erichugh22
Went to cabelas yesterday and found a whole case of Kent fast lead 2 3/4" #5's for $89.99. Couldn't pass on that deal. Kents are all I shoot for waterfowl, hopefully their pheasant shells are the same quality.


Those are great loads
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