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Pheasants and Steel Shot

Postby Cut'm » Fri Feb 17, 2006 12:32 pm

Any of you guys hunted pheasants with steel shot? I'm going on a "managed" hunt next week and they use steel shot. I figure probalby the same load you'd use on a big duck? I use Kent #2 @ 1550 fps for the ducks...that oughta work huh? Some of these shots can be pretty far...up to 50 yds...probably ought to buy a box of the expensive stuff for the longer shots?
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Postby h2ofwlr » Fri Feb 17, 2006 12:53 pm

I would use 3 or 2 shot in a high velocity load. Basically the same laod as for big ducks.
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Postby ISHOOTDIVERS » Fri Feb 17, 2006 1:11 pm

When I lived out west a few of the spots we pheasant hunted we had to use steel, I always used the same load you described, quite honestly I felt it was a little overkill, but it works.
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Postby mallardhunter » Fri Feb 17, 2006 1:12 pm

Trust me, 2 shot rips them up pretty good, I like use 3 or 4.
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Postby choclab » Fri Feb 17, 2006 1:58 pm

:withstupid: 3 shot is just about perfect
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Postby Citori12 » Fri Feb 17, 2006 4:00 pm

3's will do it but I shoot them with #4's or #5's Pen raised birds are NOT tough to kill or hit!!!!! a fast load of 1 1/8oz #6's will work even better if the birds are being flushed at your feet. Use skeet or improved chokes
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Postby duckdog » Fri Feb 17, 2006 9:37 pm

LEAD is so much better, to bad you can't use it. For the steel use the bigger shot, you will want it on the longer shot's.In the late season here in Iowa the birds are so jumpy, you almost never get them flushing at your feet. And at longer distances 4's will hit them but alot of times all you see is feathers drop out of them and they keep on flying.

Every situation is different, I would take some of both, then your covered either way. Good luck
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Postby spencerusmc » Fri Feb 17, 2006 11:23 pm

Citori12 wrote:3's will do it but I shoot them with #4's or #5's Pen raised birds are NOT tough to kill or hit!!!!! a fast load of 1 1/8oz #6's will work even better if the birds are being flushed at your feet. Use skeet or improved chokes

Well said, back home in Kansas, we hunt alot of public land around lakes that require us to use steel, 4's and 5's work just fine
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Postby LaRedneck » Sat Feb 18, 2006 3:16 am

#4's gits er dun fur me


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Postby #1wingnut » Sat Feb 18, 2006 11:32 pm

I only buy steel. that way I have no worrys about having the wrong
rounds with me while duck hunting. the only lead I buy is for dove and quail.
3" 4 shot took care of these in fine order.
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Postby cinrds » Mon Feb 20, 2006 10:16 am

I would go with Kent then then I would prob. get 3's but as you can see 4's will work great. If you already have some 2's I thank if might be a little to much, but would work.

I would use IC choke.
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Postby playaxplorer » Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:36 pm

i hunt wild pheasants and use steel for them. I typically use a mod choke with 3" 6's, which are usually left over from teal season. I think 2's, 3's and even 4's are a bit over kill for a pheasant. 5's are perfect, but i have a hard time finding them. Here is something you need to consider, part of the reason such large shot is necessary to bring down large waterfowl is because they have so much down which absorbs a lot of the shot's energy, couple that with massive layer of body fat and you need a larger shot to penetrate. pheasant don't have such a heavy and dense layer of feathers, nor do they have the body fat of a duck. in over 4 years of hunting pheasants with steel, i've never lost one! And i do enjoy the higher speeds steel comes in.

one caveat to this, if you think the birds are going to be wary and flushing at 25 yds or more, then consider using a larger shot. the birds i hunt tend to hold well or flush so far out of range anything less than a howitzer wouldnt bring them down anyway.
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Postby duck jerky » Thu Feb 23, 2006 8:43 pm

I've used 3 shot worked good.
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Postby sdgr8wthnter » Fri Feb 24, 2006 11:20 am

I would agree that 5's or 6's are the best. But here in SD I've seen 3" holes in pheasants and still have them fly away. This time of year they all have flack jackets on. So bigger is better. Late in the year I use 3" 3 and 2's.
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