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7-1/2 Versus 8 Shot in 12 Gauge #7930255 08/10/20 05:03 PM
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Do you have a preference between 7-1/2 versus 8 shot? I've noticed stores stocking more 7-1/2 shot last year or two. Is this a trend?

Re: 7-1/2 Versus 8 Shot in 12 Gauge [Re: ndhunter] #7930262 08/10/20 05:08 PM
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7.5.......1 1/4 oz. heavy!!!!!!


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For what?

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Im guessing he means for Dove.


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I like 7.5 slightly more on long shots but you can tighten up the choke and get the same result with 8s


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Re: 7-1/2 Versus 8 Shot in 12 Gauge [Re: ndhunter] #7930991 08/11/20 02:06 AM
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For me, the preference is :
Dove = #7.5 Heavy Game with LM , Quail = #8 1 oz Field loads with IC. Quail where I might run into a pheasant = 7.5 Heavy Game load with LM or M, but I've got to remind myself to give quail a little extra room and pass on any pheasant that is not really close.


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Re: 7-1/2 Versus 8 Shot in 12 Gauge [Re: ndhunter] #7931006 08/11/20 02:17 AM
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I like #8 11/8 oz for doves. Approx 400 BB's in that load. I need all the help I can get.

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Originally Posted by Huntmaster
For what?


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Re: 7-1/2 Versus 8 Shot in 12 Gauge [Re: angus1956] #7931445 08/11/20 03:30 PM
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Originally Posted by angus1956
I like #8 11/8 oz for doves. Approx 400 BB's in that load. I need all the help I can get.
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Re: 7-1/2 Versus 8 Shot in 12 Gauge [Re: ndhunter] #7931484 08/11/20 03:54 PM
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Really depends on how far your average shots will be made at. I usually make far shots, #6 & #7.5 shot is what I prefer, with #7.5 being my most preferred. When I was using #8 shot, I was getting too many wounded birds and I was having to dispatch them by hand. If you have birds in your face or you tend to make close shots, I am sure #8 shot is fine. My semi-auto shotgun I use has a 28-inch barrel and I shoot modified chokes.


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Re: 7-1/2 Versus 8 Shot in 12 Gauge [Re: ndhunter] #7931936 08/11/20 09:43 PM
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7.5's seem to have a little more range and punch, plus cut thru the wind a little better. Not a huge difference, but that is my choice.

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Re: 7-1/2 Versus 8 Shot in 12 Gauge [Re: ndhunter] #7931996 08/11/20 10:22 PM
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I can’t tell the difference

Re: 7-1/2 Versus 8 Shot in 12 Gauge [Re: ndhunter] #7932010 08/11/20 10:29 PM
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If I want to shoot an open choke out to 35 yards, 8’s.
If i plan to shoot I tighter choke to stretch effectiveness beyond 35 yards, 7 1/2’s.

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Re: 7-1/2 Versus 8 Shot in 12 Gauge [Re: ndhunter] #7933574 08/13/20 02:41 AM
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Re: 7-1/2 Versus 8 Shot in 12 Gauge [Re: ndhunter] #7933579 08/13/20 02:44 AM
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More bb’s with #8. But wind may affect them a little more. If no wind, try some #9’s.

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There’s a reason they still make a half size, dove!


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Re: 7-1/2 Versus 8 Shot in 12 Gauge [Re: ndhunter] #7933661 08/13/20 05:34 AM
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1 oz #8 = 1 1/8 oz #7.5 on pellet count

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If an 8 can break a clay pigeon at 35 yards it can down a dove. I don't really care between the two but I do use 8s for sporting clays


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I use 6, what am i thinking?

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Originally Posted by Hudbone
I use 6, what am i thinking?

I'm not saying you can't kill high flying white wings with #8, but I've seen a lot of feathers poof while they fly or sail off. With a tighter choke and #6 that isn't a big problem. Hit 'em anywhere and that load will bring them down. I'd rather miss completely than get a few feathers. My problem is that I never know when they're gonna show up. When they do, they're usually passing thru at edge of comfortable range. I keep a box of #6s and IM choke for my OU handy just in case.

Ideally for mourning doves I'd shoot the IC barrel with #8 and Mod with #7.5, but I'm not particular about it so I end up with one or the other. As long as the Shiner is cold and I've got some shade I'm not gonna overthink it too much.


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Stores seem to have increased the number 7.5s on the shelves for a couple of reasons. 7.5s are the preferred size by mana sporting clays shooters vs. 8s for skeet. I’ve found some of the new “biodegradable” clays can be tougher to break cleanly in certain conditions.

I haven’t bought anything smaller than 7.5s in about 6 years.

#7s for white wings aim


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#7-1/2 shot for me. Used to love shooting those Remington Express long range shells until the price skyrocketed about 10 years ago or so.

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At an average of 1.5 birds per box, I go with what's cheapest blush

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Originally Posted by Hudbone
I use 6, what am i thinking?


I like #6 for late season dove, and wild quail that flush way out in front.

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