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Opinions: 20 gauge loads for pigeons

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by sernv99, Oct 29, 2011.

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  1. sernv99

    sernv99 Active Member

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    no, I am not talking about box birds/flyers.....this is for a pigeon tower shoot that I plan on attending next month. So far, it's a 1000 bird release (if they get more people signed up by the time of the shoot, they will up it to 2000 pigeons).

    So I plan in bringing my 20 gauge. 33" barrels, fixed tight at .020 and .032, gun weight is around 8 lbs.

    What would you recommend for pigeons? 1oz or stick with the normal 7/8oz? Nickel plated or just go with a shell that has decent % antimony?
     
  2. MtnGun

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    1oz 7.5s
     
  3. EuroJoe

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    use #6 shot, much more effective.
     
  4. short shucker

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    For that kind of shoot, I'd pony up for some Heavi-Shot shells in 7.5's.

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  5. Ross

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    Listen to EuroJoe 1oz #6s will knock down any pigeon within reasonable range. Ross Puls
     
  6. MtnGun

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    But Joe, I thought 6s was cheatin.....

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  7. bridgetoofar

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    I would just shoot AA Sporting loads with 7 1/2 (1300fps). If there is any money in this shoot, forget the 20ga. Use your 12ga sporter with classic flyer loads (3 1/4 X 1 1/4 X 7 1/2) and IM&F.
     
  8. EuroJoe

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    he's talking about a tower shoot,simulating a driven bird shoot. We hunted feral pigeons for years with 7.5 shot, 7 when we could get it. The #6 worked so much better there was no comparison.
     
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    Where is this and how to I get in on it????

    I would 1oz of 6s, but wouldn't spring for tops shelf stuff. A garden variety 'game' load should be fine, especially if you're choking it way down.
     
  10. Setterman

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    I shot a 20 gauge tower shoot a few years ago. The #6 shot makes a substantial difference if the birds are over 35 yards. I loaded a 1oz Bluedot load with AA 1oz wads and AA hulls at 1220 fps.
     
  11. brdslayr

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    I've got 10 boxes of 3 in 7 1/2's and 3 boxes of copper plated 6's. $10 per box plus the ride. The 3in shells are 1 1/4 oz. That'll do the trick. JW
     
  12. MtnGun

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    Im sure you have, but what was your percentage? Much better off with more gun. But, to each his own.
     
  13. Boxbirder

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    Federal Prairie Storm 1oz 6shot would be my choice.
     
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    I'd Recommend B&P F2 ammo. Fast, 15/16oz load of hard nickel plated #7 shot. Perfect for pigeons (and early season pheasants over dogs).
     
  15. neckdeep

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    we had a european style pigeon shoot a few years back, tried to have one this year but the dead beat pigeon guy decided to not bring us any birds at the last minute

    shoot a 12 ga if you have one that you like, it will probally kick less than the 1 oz 20's, B&P makes a nice 1 1/4 pigeon load in # 7 that does a great job ( works good on hand thrown and box birds also)

    how does one get an invite to this little party?

    i re-read your post, you must have a 20 that you like, never tried the 15/16 b&p but all of their other shells have been good for me, if they will let you shoot 6's i would do that also, plated would be good,some of the best box bird shells i have shot were copper plated federal handicap loads, 1 1/8, pigeon's are tough, especially if you are in a northern location and they have winter feathers
     
  16. sernv99

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    neckdeep: sent you a pm


    I will bring my 12 gauge semi as well.....just ordered a flat of B&P MP Classic 1 1/8 oz in #5 shot
     
  17. gtrjames

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    I shoot them a couple times a year at a friends dairy barns, (I switch between a 12 and a 20) and it can get crazy...big flocks of fat grain fed birds.. I've found the 6s seem to be the way to go...more of them just hit the ground stone dead.
    I like the AA super handicap 7 1/2 load too.... I've shot them with the same AA load in #8s and it just looks like you shot a feather pillow...too many of them shot with 8s hit the ground and just start walking away....8s will work if you are really close, but overall they leave a lot to chance.
    The last time I went I shot the Remington Shur Shot Heavy dove load in #6 and they were just right...I killed several at 40 plus yds stone dead....it's hard to do that consistently with 7 1/2s.
    The dog gets a good workout too...
     
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    A picture is worth a 1000 words 6's are the ticket I would get some different brands and shoot a few patterns then go with the results.
     
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    I have the opportunity to shoot pigeons at several local dairy farms. They are sometimes hard to hit as the are very quick but I use a 20 ga 3" with 6 shot and have very good luck
     
  20. gtrjames

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    I shot again Saturday morning...14 boxes of shells thru the 20 ga 391...mostly Remington Game loads #6, since that's about all Bass Pro had... I also picked up their last 4 boxes of AA Super Handicap in 7 1/2...
    It seemed the extra speed of the AA made up for shot size difference...These dairy pigeons are as big as a wood duck, and have more feathers... Ideally the AA load with #6s would be close to perfect for a 20 ga pigeon load....A 20 ga pheasant load is just about right...a 3 in 20 ga loaded with #5 would be a pigeon killer for sure, but with that payload, you might as well shoot a 12.
     
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