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#6423496 - 08/24/16 10:50 PM Dove Shot Size
KCH Offline
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Registered: 11/23/10
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Loc: Frisco, TX
I'm curious what size bb's everyone uses for dove...please vote your response!
Dove Size Pellets
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#6423696 - 08/25/16 08:09 AM Re: Dove Shot Size [Re: KCH]
Txhuntr2 Offline
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Monarch high velocity dove loads from Academy with a light modified choke will reach out and get some doves for sure. They are 1350fps. I get either 8 or 7 1/2. On sale right now.

http://www.academy.com/shop/ProductDispl...ldCatid=3044633


Edited by Txhuntr2 (08/25/16 08:09 AM)

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#6423790 - 08/25/16 09:09 AM Re: Dove Shot Size [Re: KCH]
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I've always done well with 8's. I see most like 7.5 I may see what all the fuss is about but its hard to change when something's working well.

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#6423971 - 08/25/16 10:35 AM Re: Dove Shot Size [Re: KCH]
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Loc: Wise County
6 for whitewings....7.5 for mourning.

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#6424003 - 08/25/16 10:48 AM Re: Dove Shot Size [Re: Txhuntr2]
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Originally Posted By: Txhuntr2
Monarch high velocity dove loads from Academy with a light modified choke will reach out and get some doves for sure. They are 1350fps. I get either 8 or 7 1/2. On sale right now.

http://www.academy.com/shop/ProductDispl...ldCatid=3044633


Thanks for the sales notice, I guess I'll go get another case of 12s and 20s in 7/5.

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#6424151 - 08/25/16 12:04 PM Re: Dove Shot Size [Re: KCH]
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if your using a 12GA, 8s fine- prefer 7.5- I use 1oz Rios for 20a
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#6424157 - 08/25/16 12:06 PM Re: Dove Shot Size [Re: KCH]
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7.5
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#6424164 - 08/25/16 12:09 PM Re: Dove Shot Size [Re: KCH]
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I like 8's earlier in the season and when hunting over stock tanks. Later in the season, and on passing shots, I switch to 7 1/2's.

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#6424191 - 08/25/16 12:30 PM Re: Dove Shot Size [Re: KCH]
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Might be in my head but I wing fewer mourning dove with 6's. They definitely work better on the white wing, collared and pigeons also.
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#6424238 - 08/25/16 12:55 PM Re: Dove Shot Size [Re: chalet]
kweber Offline
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Registered: 09/03/15
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we all shot 12's w/7.5's...way back...
1 1/8oz is way more than needed, so I always looked for the 1oz in 12
most of us have down-sized to 20's
7/8oz is proper for a 20, but the Rio's are 1oz...
wanting a 28 and will shoot 3/4oz, but I'll go w/#8's in that load to help w/pattern density


Edited by kweber (08/25/16 12:57 PM)

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#6424265 - 08/25/16 01:10 PM Re: Dove Shot Size [Re: KCH]
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I shoot 7.5 and sometimes will use 6 later in the season.

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#6424326 - 08/25/16 01:40 PM Re: Dove Shot Size [Re: KCH]
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1 oz shot 7.5 or 8.
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#6424386 - 08/25/16 02:17 PM Re: Dove Shot Size [Re: KCH]
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Here's my understanding, out to 30 yards, flip a coin between 7.5 and 8. Past 35 yards the velocity loss with 8's results in a significant drop in the center of your pattern. While you see a mix of 7.5 and 8 in trap loads, there's a reason why, almost all handicap loads are 7.5.
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#6424393 - 08/25/16 02:20 PM Re: Dove Shot Size [Re: KCH]
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6 or 7.5's. I ran out of dove loads last year and started shooting the 6's with great results on the long shots. Most shots I take are long and 8's just weren't doing it for me.

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#6424410 - 08/25/16 02:30 PM Re: Dove Shot Size [Re: KCH]
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3.5 mag #4 pellet
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