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Best Pheasant # shot load

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by capt jay, Dec 3, 2010.

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  1. capt jay

    capt jay Member

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    Have to load some shell for a Pheasant hunt best # load

    Thanks
     
  2. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    A lot of South Dakota boys ( I no longer live there) will tell you to use #4's It saves a lot of runners and normally the shot clears the bird so you wont be eating any lead
     
  3. twoatlow8

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    I like #5 shot.
     
  4. oleolliedawg

    oleolliedawg Banned User Banned TS Supporters

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    1 3/8oz. #5 copper plated!!
     
  5. Luckyman

    Luckyman Active Member

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    #4 or #5's for Wild Late season SD birds and just about anything if your hunting game preserve birds behind pointers....
     
  6. Force Break

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    #5 nickle or copper
     
  7. timb99

    timb99 Well-Known Member

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    5's

    Plated is unnecessary, and in my experience doesn't do anything except cost more money.

    Chilled shot with a copper wash is no more effective than plain chilled shot.
     
  8. atadams77

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    i used to use winchester copperplated 3" 1.5 oz turkey loads. i don't remember the shot size. Course i was after wild birds (using no dogs) no game raised birds, which tend to break early. I could wait until everyone was done missing and then still have success taking the bird.
     
  9. len loma

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    Here in Wisconsin I have dropped birds at un-believeable distances with #4 shot. It does the trick on late season wild and released birds that become become educated to run like heck and flush out far when they hear you coming. It does not drift much in wind,and KOs them hard. Shoot well, Len
     
  10. R.Kipling

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    While I am not a fan of Copper washed shot, I swear by nickel plated for flyers. I have 26 birds in the bag this year and half of them would not be there were it not for #4 or #5 Fiocchi Golden Pheasant. There is no question that nickel shot penetrates better, and at longer distances.

    Late season and hunted birds can put some serious distance between them and your barrel. If you're hunting without a dog, go with bigger plated shot, for sure. Finding them where you dropped them makes the hunt much more satisfying.

    I'm scheduled to hunt on a farm that requires steel shot, again this year. I sure wish someone would make nickel plated steel. I picked up some Golden Pheasant steel shotshells for this hunt, but it's just not the same.
    Good hunting.....
    IME,
    Kip
     
  11. Luckyman

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    If your using steel just increase your shot size....Use #2's...That will offset the difference in mass....
     
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    It is easier to trip Martin in the clubhouse.

    Just kick your leg out and trip him!

    Kenny Uhlbeck aka BudsterXT
     
  13. HTSmith

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    In 12 Ga, number 4 is it. I gave up on duplicating the Fiocchi Golden Pheasant with 1 3/8 oz #4 @ 1250 fps. They do the job near and far. Just my experince in KS, IA, and SD.
     
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    My dad was the best pheasant shooter I ever saw. He shot a '97 riot gun with Winchester magnum 6's over dogs.

    As a blocker he shot his 3" 870 magnum with 1 7/8 of 6's for the first shot followed by the same load of 4's. Many times I saw him shuck that first 6 out on the ground for a long shot.
     
  15. Setterman

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    Sorry guys, but those 3" 1 1/2 - 1 7/8oz loads don't move as fast as a 1 1/4 oz, 3 1/4 dram load of #4's or 5's going 1330 fps. You got to hit'em or those big slow loads are useless and the recoil will rock you. A good 1 1/4oz load patterns better than that heavy stuff. Try it on the pattern board at 45-50 yards.
     
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    1 1/4 oz of #5s at 1330fps or better will kill any pheasant within a realistic range.
     
  17. Dr.Longshot

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    I just bought a box of Winchester 1 3/8ths ounce copper #5s 1450fps $22.00 box

    Long range shootoffs in buddy shoots, they work, no Longshot Loads listed.

    Gander Mountain


    Gary Bryant
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  18. Setterman

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    The kill zone on a pheasant is a bit bigger than a clay target, and if the bird is that far (50 to 60 yards) you have no business shooting at it anyway.

    Respect the game.
     
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    I agree with Setterman here.

    I don't think you can go wrong with plated (either copper of nickel) #5's in 1 1/4 oz or 1 3/8 oz. There are 2 advantages to plated shot:

    1. The shot is harder so there are fewer pellets that get deformed and less deformation. Fewer deformed pellets means fewer flyers and a more consistent pattern.

    2. The plated shot is smoother and tends to drag fewer feathers into the meat, therefore hitting the bird harder and penetrating the meat better.

    I like about 34 - 38 grains of Blue Dot, depending on your other reloading components to give you about 1330 FPS, or a 3 3/4 dram load.

    Otherwise, load #4's or #6's and you'll still have a great load!

    Rob
     
  20. handlepuller

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    Over the last few years I've really become a fan of 4s and 5s on pheasants over 6s. The killing power is noticeably better, fewer cripples. It's nice when you're blocking a field and the birds just start dropping dead.

    For me, the Remington Nitro Pheasant is the way to go. Stones them birds!



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