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Advice on shot size for 20g pheasant hunting

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by nsfwfor, Dec 9, 2016.

  1. nsfwfor

    nsfwfor Member

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    I own a CSMC RBL in 20 g and am wondering whether #5 or #6 would be more appropriate for pheasants. Assuming SK and IC chokes are used. What do you guys use?
     
  2. Bill Hom

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    Wild birds or club birds,pointer or flusher ? Bill
     
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  3. scoutmaster

    scoutmaster Active Member

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    I suggest magnum 5's regardless whether wild or preserve birds.

    SM
     
  4. big kahuna

    big kahuna Well-Known Member

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    Always loved 5's for pheasants.
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  5. OldGoat

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    ++ for using 5s. Regards, Ed
     
  6. Ross

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    #4 or #5 if wild, 6s maybe OK for pen raised if you have good retrievers. Those wild roosters are tough, you need some punch to knock them down, if you don't break a wing they will just sail off over the hill and die a slow painful death. We did most of our pheasant hunting (in Iowa) with 26" IC bbls in 20 ga. Keep your shots in reasonable range ie 25\30 yards, 1oz of lead shot will do the job. Ross Puls
     
  7. Dale R K

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    Our bunch has hunted South Dakota for many years. Like Ross stated above, the wild roosters are tough. My go to 20 gauge load is 1 1/16 ounce of copper plated 6s . The Citori patterns that load much better than 5s. Chokes are Imp Cyl and Mod, handles any shot I am capable of making. My favorite pheasant gun is a Remington 16 ga 11/48. Factory 1 1/8 th ounce loads are devastating on pheasants and sharptails. Dale
     
  8. bthomp9

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    I use 6's on pen raised birds and 5's on wild.
     
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  9. Chance McCall

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    We just finished a pheasant hunt in Illinois last Friday. We were hunting great habitat and the birds were a mix of wild and raised. We each got our six birds. Both of us are acceptable shots and experienced hunters.

    I was using a Browning Citori, 12 gauge 26" barrel with some very old Federals 2 3/4 #6 shot; (no misses)
    My hunting companion was using a Beretta 20 gauge 28" barrel using the new Prairie Storm #5 shot. (lead) (one miss)

    Most of my birds required only one shot. Two of his required a third shot from me to bring the birds down. (He hit all of them twice.)

    Shots ranged from 25 - 50 yards.

    for whatever help this provides...
     
  10. 1100 REMINGTON MAN

    1100 REMINGTON MAN Well-Known Member

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    I have use both 5 & 6 shot in a 20ga and both work well. I did use a Imp choke early season and Mod chokes late season.
     
  11. gun fitter

    gun fitter Well-Known Member

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    inside of 40 yards anything will work. At 65 yards 6's in a full choke 12 ga will kill but I'd probably use 5's
     
  12. Setterman

    Setterman Well-Known Member

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    Good pointing dog and holding birds IC/MOD w/7 1/2's and then 6's. Flushing dogs, anything goes,....

    Pen raised released birds?

    Wild birds after the first couple weeks....12 gauge and 5's.
     
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  13. sagepost2

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    I use in my Beretta 303, 3in mag., #4 Remington Steel 1330 f.p.s.with a mod. choke.It puts the hammer on 'em wild or pen raised.You do your job it'll do it's job.
     
  14. pheasantmaster

    pheasantmaster Well-Known Member

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    If your hunting wild birds, 5's in the right and baby Mag 4's in the left. Personally, your chokes are to frilly for me on wild birds. I use mod early, then full after first month. S by S or O/U skeet 2 and .030^.
     
  15. SD Trap Family

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    Same as pheasantmaster stated. Mod's to start the season and full after the first couple weeks. 5's is our choice for shot.

    Bud
     
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  16. dklees

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    Mod. & 1 oz 5s for your 20ga. SK will throw a huge thin pattern at 40 yds. Will be too thin IMO.
     
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  17. lightning20ga

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    #5 plated
     
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  18. Doug Brown

    Doug Brown Well-Known Member

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    I've killed a lot with 1oz #8's, out of a skeet bored 20ga, over a pointing dog, while hunting quail.
     
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  19. wildcat

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    Ic and mod with 4s you do not want to get in a foot race with a pheasant. Ron
     
  20. nsfwfor

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    Thanks for the adivce. Ive been shooting trap and sporting clays for a while now but just got into upland game bird hunting. So if I got this straight, #5's are fine but I should be using tighter chokes. Tighter still late in the season because birds are larger?