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#6881360 - 09/07/17 04:21 PM Need more range when hunting Dove
acg323 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 10/22/15
Posts: 13
I need to get more range out of my shots. I have been missing a lot of opportunities because they are just out of my range. Anyone have any suggestions?

I have been using some cheap shells from Academy; the Monarch 12 ga, 1oz, 8 shot. I went and bought some 1 1/8 ounce, 8 shot and 7.5 shot Remington Heavy Dove that I haven't tried yet. I have a Mossberg Maverick 88 with a Modified choke.

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#6881363 - 09/07/17 04:28 PM Re: Need more range when hunting Dove [Re: acg323]
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Registered: 09/16/09
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Loc: Lewisville, TX
Go to a tighter choke tube. Modified is a good general purpose choke for dove. I run an IC. If you went to a Full choke, that would get you a little extra range. But after 40+ yards, it's too far for most any dove shots anyway.
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#6881365 - 09/07/17 04:32 PM Re: Need more range when hunting Dove [Re: acg323]
Stompy Offline
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Registered: 06/13/10
Posts: 4591
Loc: Breckenridge Tx
Yea and if you hit them close with a full choke there won't be anything left. I agree, modified for your distance and IC for the closer birds.
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#6881366 - 09/07/17 04:33 PM Re: Need more range when hunting Dove [Re: acg323]
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Light Foot

Registered: 09/07/13
Posts: 42
Loc: Midlothian, Ellis County
I use an improved modified choke. It works great on dove.
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#6881374 - 09/07/17 04:39 PM Re: Need more range when hunting Dove [Re: acg323]
acg323 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 10/22/15
Posts: 13
Ok, what about shells? I am thinking about getting some Rio game load 1 1/4 oz, 7.5 shot. Its $4 dollars more than the cheap stuff. Is it worth it?

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#6881385 - 09/07/17 04:48 PM Re: Need more range when hunting Dove [Re: acg323]
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Light Foot

Registered: 09/07/13
Posts: 42
Loc: Midlothian, Ellis County
Never shot the RIO stuff. I'm still using what's left of a case of Winchester AA 1 1/8 oz loads with No 8 from last year. I noticed today the local Ace Hardware store in Midlothian had some (I think it was RIO) heavy dove loads for $5.99 bx
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#6881387 - 09/07/17 04:56 PM Re: Need more range when hunting Dove [Re: acg323]
Khaiguy Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/28/15
Posts: 41
Loc: Collin County TX
I like Rio High Brass Texas Game Loads with 1 1/4 oz. of lead and 7.5 shot because you get better shot coverage and the shot carries a bit further. On average one oz. of 7.5 holds 350 pellets. So that extra 1/4 oz. give you another ~85 pellets to increase your odds. Don't go cheap on shells because you only get so many chances at birds. Doesn't make sense to go cheap on ammo when you spend time and money for a good hunting experience.


Edited by Khaiguy (09/07/17 04:57 PM)
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#6881499 - 09/07/17 07:36 PM Re: Need more range when hunting Dove [Re: acg323]
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Tracker

Registered: 10/17/09
Posts: 943
Loc: Snyder, TX
I prefer higher velocity to more pellets. Ive had much better luck with 1 oz and 1 1/8 oz loads.

If Im missing with a modified at longer ranges its becausr im behind them not because of my shell choice.

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#6881670 - 09/07/17 10:12 PM Re: Need more range when hunting Dove [Re: acg323]
BDB Offline
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Registered: 01/30/14
Posts: 618
Loc: Mesquite
I've yet to see someone shoot Rio and Remington Heavy dove and prefer the Rio. Remington heavy dove loads all the way. That said knowing how to shoot is much more important than the shell/load your shooting. This early in the season I/C is generally the better choke but do what you gotta do. if your shots are longer then go to a modified or imp/mod choke.

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#6881672 - 09/07/17 10:13 PM Re: Need more range when hunting Dove [Re: acg323]
4Weight Offline
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Registered: 11/09/11
Posts: 2995
Loc: Tarrant Cty and Murray
I shoot an over and under with IC on top for first shot and then full in the lower. I switch it on solo birds at longer range to the bottom full choke barrell. I've found its a nice combo.


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#6881684 - 09/07/17 10:29 PM Re: Need more range when hunting Dove [Re: acg323]
okietex Offline


Registered: 03/27/09
Posts: 778
The correct answer is... I'm a smart @##. The correct answer is get a mojo, if they are to far, let them circle, if they move on let them. Get a mojo and select your shots. At the end of the day you will limit quicker.

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#6881730 - 09/07/17 11:35 PM Re: Need more range when hunting Dove [Re: acg323]
Greg Z Offline
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Registered: 02/01/05
Posts: 887
Loc: TX, Rockwall
Sounds to me like you need to get a spot closer to where the birds are crossing.
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#6881883 - 09/08/17 08:42 AM Re: Need more range when hunting Dove [Re: acg323]
acg323 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 10/22/15
Posts: 13
Its a huge field and they cross all along the length of the field. I have learned just to stay put and wait until they come to me like you said okietex. I do have a mojo but when they are out of range they don't seem to be interested in it at all. I only witnessed one dove fly from a long way to come check out my mojo. It was kind of amazing actually. I just want to get more opportunities with longer range shots.

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#6881906 - 09/08/17 09:07 AM Re: Need more range when hunting Dove [Re: acg323]
Arbor Guy Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 09/14/14
Posts: 136
7.5 shot is your best dove load for range. 8's lose velocity and can't handle a long range shot. Improved modified choke (extended is best) is what I shoot when they are running farther out. Modified is good also but i definitely make batter long rang shots with IM and I can still get a good medium range pattern. However if they are real close I will destroy the bird.. I use trulock chokes. The birds at my place this year did not fly like opening day birds. They were high and fast and not interested in my mojos.

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#6881916 - 09/08/17 09:23 AM Re: Need more range when hunting Dove [Re: acg323]
Esh and Hattie Offline
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Registered: 01/05/14
Posts: 368
Loc: N Texas
I don't have a lease or land so my dove hunting has been public, not many opportunities and some long shots. I've been using 1 1/8 of steel 5's, ~~ 275 pellets, anything 40 yds ish comes down fine. Downrange energy is probably similar steel 5 to lead 7.5, but I only have the option for steel so that's what I roll with. Plus it will be my teal load tomorrow up

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