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#6843510 - 08/03/17 07:27 AM Shells for upland hunting
kccycle2003 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 02/01/17
Posts: 9
I am taking my father on a Pheasant, Chucker and quail hunt at Prairies End in Sherman, I have never done one of these hunts and was wondering if anyone had advice on what size shot or shell to use to cover all three

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#6843522 - 08/03/17 07:40 AM Re: Shells for upland hunting [Re: kccycle2003]
Barny Topwater Offline
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Registered: 11/22/09
Posts: 2967
Loc: New Braunfels TX USA
Just my $0.02 #6 should do fine either 12 or 20 depending on how well you shoot. By your O.P. I'm guessing released birds.
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#6843534 - 08/03/17 07:46 AM Re: Shells for upland hunting [Re: kccycle2003]
syncerus Offline
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Registered: 12/01/08
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Loc: Dallas, TX
#7.5 will knock down pheasant and kill some, but the overall performance is noticeably inferior to #5 shot. For a combo hunt, I'd follow the previous advice and go with #6.
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#6843664 - 08/03/17 08:41 AM Re: Shells for upland hunting [Re: kccycle2003]
kccycle2003 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 02/01/17
Posts: 9
yes its released birds, not my favorite but its something my 75 yr old dad wants to do and will be good for my boys. Thanks for the advice I will go with 6's

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#6844212 - 08/03/17 02:19 PM Re: Shells for upland hunting [Re: kccycle2003]
16ga Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/04/16
Posts: 6
If over pointy dogs 1oz 7 1/2's, all you need.

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#6844404 - 08/03/17 04:45 PM Re: Shells for upland hunting [Re: 16ga]
TXPanhandler Offline
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Registered: 09/12/12
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Loc: Texas Panhandle
Originally Posted By: 16ga
If over pointy dogs 1oz 7 1/2's, all you need.


x2

I have killed more pheasants with 7.5 than any other round. Anything bigger will tear those quail up.
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#6844669 - 08/03/17 08:50 PM Re: Shells for upland hunting [Re: kccycle2003]
q-all Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 08/20/10
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I have hunted at prairies end a few times last spring.. first time I brough my normal prairie storm #5s I use on wild birds, big mistake. Your shots will be close and 7.5 shot will do just fine.

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#6845716 - 08/04/17 06:28 PM Re: Shells for upland hunting [Re: kccycle2003]
Windrider Offline
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Registered: 09/26/06
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Loc: McKinney, TX
Open up that choke too. Pen raised pointed birds a skeet choke is pretty good.

I've used Cyl/IC in an out with good results.
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#6847495 - 08/06/17 04:44 PM Re: Shells for upland hunting [Re: kccycle2003]
reeltexan Offline
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7.5s will work fine.
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#6847922 - 08/07/17 01:12 AM Re: Shells for upland hunting [Re: 16ga]
Nitronx898 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 03/23/15
Posts: 165
Loc: Crosby Tx
Originally Posted By: 16ga
If over pointy dogs 1oz 7 1/2's, all you need.

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#6849051 - 08/07/17 09:32 PM Re: Shells for upland hunting [Re: kccycle2003]
rdh1 Offline
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My .02 yes 7 1/2 can and will kill Pheasants but they are tough birds. Pointed or not pin raised or wild
#5 golden pheasant by Fiocchi to get the job done right. You are paying a lot per bird so bring them down
With the first shot
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#6858654 - 08/16/17 02:25 PM Re: Shells for upland hunting [Re: kccycle2003]
bassfishinglawyer Offline
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Registered: 12/08/04
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Originally Posted By: kccycle2003
I am taking my father on a Pheasant, Chucker and quail hunt at Prairies End in Sherman, I have never done one of these hunts and was wondering if anyone had advice on what size shot or shell to use to cover all three


Is this the one SW of Gainesville or is there another one in Sherman? Just wondering.

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#6859233 - 08/16/17 10:03 PM Re: Shells for upland hunting [Re: rdh1]
HCHunter28 Online   content
Bird Dog

Registered: 12/10/16
Posts: 266
Originally Posted By: rdh1
My .02 yes 7 1/2 can and will kill Pheasants but they are tough birds. Pointed or not pin raised or wild
#5 golden pheasant by Fiocchi to get the job done right. You are paying a lot per bird so bring them down
With the first shot


There is a big difference between pen raised and wild. #5 golden pheasant is over kill. A bb hits a pen raised and they drop. Pen raised don't know to run and bury themselves in the grass so they're usually easy to find.

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#6859393 - 08/17/17 07:35 AM Re: Shells for upland hunting [Re: kccycle2003]
Hunter307 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 12/10/16
Posts: 36
For put and take, probably el cheapo 7.5.

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