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what size shot do you use for pheasants?

Postby duckweed » Mon Jan 02, 2006 11:10 pm

i was just wondering what shot sizes you guys use for pheasants. i myself use 2 3/4 " #4's lead shot 1 1/4 oz. kills 'em consistantly out to 45 yards.
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Postby kiwismakebetterhunters » Tue Jan 03, 2006 12:25 am

6's in lead. :thumbsup:
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Postby mallardhunter » Tue Jan 03, 2006 7:33 am

:withstupid: or I like to use 5's in the later season
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Re: what size shot do you use for pheasants?

Postby T-Bone » Tue Jan 03, 2006 9:59 am

duckweed wrote:i was just wondering what shot sizes you guys use for pheasants. i myself use 2 3/4 " #4's lead shot 1 1/4 oz. kills 'em consistantly out to 45 yards.

Your present load is my favorite, late season one for wild roosters. As mentioned by mallardhunter, #5's are a good choice, too.

I do use #6's on pen raised pheasants or at the start of the regular pheasant season. Also, #6 shot is my choice in the standard 2 3/4" 20ga. 1oz. load; due to the increased pellet count.
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Postby goosecaller » Tue Jan 03, 2006 10:04 am

I use Kent #4's all year long.
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Postby wood duck » Tue Jan 03, 2006 7:25 pm

#4 shot lead 3 1/2 all season long full choke
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Postby duckplucker » Tue Jan 03, 2006 11:05 pm

Start of season: 1 oz, 2 3/4" 6's or 5's

Mid season: 6's, 5's or 4's

Late season: 4's and 5's

Even been known to use 7 1/2's earlier in the season and 4's that early too. When the snows on, I break out the 5's or 4's.

All those are through my 20 ga.
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Postby ksu68 » Wed Jan 04, 2006 9:47 pm

2 3/4" - #6's most of the time, in either 12GA. or 20GA.
When I hunt "pen - released" birds I use 7 1/2's & 6's. almost always in 20GA.
When I shoot wild birds I use #6's, as well as #5's & #4's, most of time with a 12GA.
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Postby ducktamer » Thu Jan 05, 2006 2:22 pm

On opening day I use 6's . I love the Fiocchi nickle plated shells for penteration and pattern. I use 4's late in the season
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Postby cinrds » Fri Jan 06, 2006 8:10 am

I use #5's and if we are in a area of quail we will use a #6 and lead the quail I use a 12ga 2 3/4
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Postby duckjumper » Thu Jan 19, 2006 3:56 pm

I shoot 3" 20ga. No. 4s

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Postby Citori12 » Wed Jan 25, 2006 9:30 am

I use handloaded nickel plated lead #5's with a 12 ga 2 3/4" shell 1 3/8oz payload @1330fps, they do the job for sure
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Postby thaner » Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:59 am

Hand loaded 1oz copper plated #5 all season long in the 20. Kills em a long way out and patterns very nice. Have downed injured birds others have hit with this load over 50 yards many times.
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Postby renoduckman » Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:01 pm

Lead 5 in a 12 gauge 1 3/8 or 1 1/2 ounce load. Lead 4 even in a late season wide open type of hunt.
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Postby BurnZ » Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:12 pm

Brand = Whatever's the cheapest, 2 3/4 Lead #4 or #5 or #6. If the weather is bad and they are holding tight, i will go with 5 or 6. when they are getting up in the distance then i use 4.
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Postby harvey1b » Mon Jun 19, 2006 6:33 am

4's for wild birds in Iowa

6's for pen raised birds. The 4 are too hard on the farm birds, which tend to hold longer.
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Postby WIgunner30 » Tue Jun 20, 2006 9:21 pm

I like high brass 2 3/4 inch plated 5's hunting on my dads farm in central wisconsin.
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Postby duckaholic41 » Thu Jun 22, 2006 4:47 pm

I use #6 Federal heavy shot just in case I jump sum big ol greenhead :thumbsup:
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Postby duck jerky » Sun Aug 20, 2006 2:46 pm

6's in lead .2 3/4in.
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Postby ohsobad_hunter » Sun Aug 20, 2006 10:12 pm

#6's lead, 2-3/4....Modified choke. :hammering:

The fiocchi "golden pheasant" loads pack quit a punch!!
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Postby jumpshooter » Mon Aug 21, 2006 5:49 pm

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Postby callinfowl » Fri Sep 01, 2006 6:38 pm

Citori12 wrote:I use handloaded nickel plated lead #5's with a 12 ga 2 3/4" shell 1 3/8oz payload @1330fps, they do the job for sure

Thats the siht right there.
That load will knock the peckers of any kind'a bird with'in 50 yards.
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Postby NEPAhunter » Mon Oct 02, 2006 9:00 am

First shell in is 7 1/2 shot second two are 6...
I do this because many times where I hunt pheasant my dog will lock on a woodcock.... so If I know its a pheasant or if it flushes I just eject the first shell fast.
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Postby yellowlab » Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:16 pm

cinrds wrote:I use #5's and if we are in a area of quail we will use a #6 and lead the quail I use a 12ga 2 3/4

and if birds are really really wild i might go to a 3inch #5 but they are a little $$$
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Postby kevin kapke » Mon Oct 16, 2006 5:09 pm

i use 6's and 5's all season it will kill them dead all year long
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