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What load to harvest pheasants??? #7387343 12/26/18 10:58 PM
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Just curious, what is everybody using to harvest pheasants? I'm new to the game but I use 12 gauge #5 shot at 1 1/4 oz at 1220 FPS or (handload #5 shot at 1 1/2 oz at 1150FPS). Just wondering if I'm close or completely out of the ball park?

Re: What load to harvest pheasants??? [Re: TruckMan66] #7387358 12/26/18 11:12 PM
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Are these preserve birds or wild? If theyre wild birds you should be good with the 5s. If they are pen raised Id go with 71/2s.

Re: What load to harvest pheasants??? [Re: TruckMan66] #7387423 12/27/18 12:12 AM
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Wild birds

Re: What load to harvest pheasants??? [Re: TruckMan66] #7387497 12/27/18 01:28 AM
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Your 1 1/4 oz #5 is a classic pheasant load. Pattern the 5's and some 4's and go with what your shotgun patterns best.


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Re: What load to harvest pheasants??? [Re: Smokey Bear] #7387694 12/27/18 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Smokey Bear
Your 1 1/4 oz #5 is a classic pheasant load.....


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Re: What load to harvest pheasants??? [Re: TruckMan66] #7388004 12/27/18 06:36 PM
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I kill pheasant with 5's and 6's. Some years help my buddy harvest wheat with a JD 9600. smirk

Re: What load to harvest pheasants??? [Re: TruckMan66] #7388039 12/27/18 07:28 PM
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I use these in my Beretta O/U Whitewing.........

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#5 shot, nickel plated

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Re: What load to harvest pheasants??? [Re: 16ga] #7389527 12/29/18 09:06 PM
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Originally Posted by 16ga
I kill pheasant with 5's and 6's. Some years help my buddy harvest wheat with a JD 9600. smirk


https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harvest

b : to gather, catch, hunt, or kill (salmon, oysters, deer, etc.) for human use, sport, or population control


Originally Posted By: bill oxner
I just turned it on . I was looking bird dogs in the butt this morning.


Re: What load to harvest pheasants??? [Re: TruckMan66] #7391606 12/31/18 09:36 PM
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I use a 20 gauge O/U and just normal high brass #6. Never had a problem killing pheasants and I'm not grossly overgunned for the quail.


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Re: What load to harvest pheasants??? [Re: TruckMan66] #7391737 12/31/18 11:38 PM
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Your load and intuition are both good. Go shoot you some pheasants.

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12 gauge. #4,5 or 6 high brass. Just browned on what I can find.


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Never been to a camping world. I prefer Dick's to be honest.
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Depends on what part of the season

12ga Golden pheasants 3 7.5s
20ga Golden pheasants 3 6s ... in a pinch I will use hypersonic #3s (be careful steel will wreck a tooth)
26ga Hand load 5s
410 hand load 3 4s

Biggest thing be careful not to crush a rooster that holds tight. With a restricted limit, its a shame if you ruin a bird


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16 Ga #5 Golden Pheasant and they are DRT


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#5 shot

Re: What load to harvest pheasants??? [Re: TruckMan66] #7416751 01/28/19 01:07 PM
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Where do yall buy lead shells in #4 and #5? I cant bring myself to pay more for a box of lead than steel?

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