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Well, this weekend is the opener for pheasants out here in Sacramento California.
I have always shot #6's at these things, but I was thinkin about switchin up this year to #5's. Half of the birds I will hunting are planters, and hopfully the other half will be real roosters. I know the planters you can throw a rock at to kill, but does anybody suggest a certain load I should use.?
I have always liked #6's but I just want to see what anybody else has to say about this.
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i shoot #5 almost all the time and even have been known to have a #4 as shell 4 and 5
i have friends whom shot #4 all the time
i think #5 is the best all around shell if you don't load your own.... if you do this then #4/#6 mix shot shells are be pheasent killing fools from my experance
all in all if you put the bead on the bird it will die i just found i have had "A LOT" less cripps after swiching form #6 to #5 good call if you as me
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#5 is some good good stuff. Thats my favorite load
Kills the hell out of chukar and pigeons too. #6 steel for the first shot and #4 steel for the second is o.k. when you are hunting a non-toxic shot area.
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i shoot the cheapest 5 shot i can find i just bought a case the other day and they were 3.90 a box thats about as good as it gets around here
might as well start callin me the pit man
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I don't really like to use lead so I shoot all number 4 steel, 3", 12GA. I'm too young to remember the good ol days when you could kill everything with lead and I'm too cheap to shoot bismuth or tungsten or petrified wooly mammoth ivory or whatever it is that makes a shotshell cost $2.00.
Steel kills great!
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If its steel I usually shoot 4's, but lots of time I just end up using 3's and sometimes even 2's because usually have alot left over from duck hunting and I don't feel like buying more shells.
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