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Pheasant Gun and Load

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by JHS, May 14, 2007.

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  1. JHS

    JHS TS Member

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    I have been invited to go Pheasant hunting in South dakota next Fall. Good excuse to buy a gun. What works best? Guage/ Choke(s)/Load?

    I have lots of duck hunting experience; zero upland.

    Jim
     
  2. Setterman

    Setterman Well-Known Member

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    Get any quality auto (Benelli, 1187, 391). 1 1/4 oz #6, maybe a #4 on your last shot. Full choke behind a flusher, mod. behind a good pointer. When in doubt, full choke.
     
  3. lumper

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    What gun do you shoot for duck hunting? If it is an auto and if it is an auto of decent reputation it would be cheapest just to get a possible replacement barrel that could be more to your needs than a whole new gun but if your mind is set on a new gun ... how much money ya gots to spend???
     
  4. Doug Mc

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    Unless you are young and full of it -- after many years of chasing Pheasant my personal choice is a light 20 Auto either 2 3/4" or 3" -- a gun gets heavy after a day of carrying it around -- and a 20 is more then enough to bring a bird down -- you will be able to get on a bird when your arms and shoulders aren't pooped and make a good shot -- #6 shot -- Light Mod or Mod was the best all around choke choice for me -- been doing it for 40 years
     
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    do it with class and buy a nice quality,20ga. SXS...like a Ruger Gold Label.....
     
  6. Lyle

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    Jim,
    If you have lots of duck hunting experience do you remember the days of lead shot? If so, use the same stuff on the pheasants.........meaning 6's or larger lead. Advice on here has been good so far. I'm sure some pen raised bird shooter will come one here with the 7 1/2's are plenty crap, but don't buy that line. Late season wild birds on the prairie, especially behind flushers you want 5's or larger and I would suggest full choke. (also at least 1 1/4 oz. of shot)

    Enjoy!!

    Lyle
     
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    If you're looking for a good 12ga load, try the Fiocchi Golden Pheasants - #5 @ 1475fps. They put a hurt on pheasants and you can back off the choke a bit. They also make a pretty fair 20ga load, though not as fast.
     
  8. avidtrapshooter

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    remington 11-87 1 1/4 of #6, you can use smaller then 6's if you want to but from my expierience the BBs tend to stay in the bird and its no fun to pick out, #6's will pass through better and give you more longer range penetration, #5s are even better but there are less pellets so i compromised and got 6's.
     
  9. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    Lived in SD and hunted for many years. Used a 20 ga 3" with # 4 ( preferably Fiochi) They will drop dead and not run, use a smaller shot and you will be chasing a lot of them. Don't need a 12 ga, save the weight
     
  10. m70win

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    I hunt pen raised birds and ruffed grouse here in Michigan behind my Brittany and use my 1100 lt 20ga with 1 oz of 6s and imp cly or mod.I would rather carry that all day than my 12 ga 1100. But if I was going to South Dekota I for sure would take bolth.I,ve got a box of 3" 5s I 'd love to blast off at pheasants.

    Tim
     
  11. jbmi

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    I've hunted those painted birds in Michigan, Iowa, SD, ND, and Montana. A nice O/U works ok but sometimes a third shot sure would be nice.
    Call me nuts but I like a good 12ga. pump, 870 Wingmaster, Browning BPS or a classic Model 12. High brass #5's have always worked very well with me.
     
  12. jim brown

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    Now I know why I don't ask for advice on ts.com. At least nobody recommended a RPG, yet.

    jim brown
     
  13. Dove Commander

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    Hunted pheasants in Iowa, N.Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas. I use a Benelli SBE with 2 3/4" Rem, Fiochi, or Winch 1 1/4, 3 1/4 dr. #5 and even #4's late in the year. The Benelli is light, but good balance if your use to it. A sling is a plus going in and out of a field which can be quite a trip sometimes. I always use full choke on wild birds. You have the option to let them get out, but alot of times they already are, and you can back up your pals on those long crossers.
    If your not sure start w/Mod and bring your extra tubes along.

    Oh ya, most important...break in some good light boots weeks before you go. prefer Irish Setters. Changing socks at noon freshens the tootsies. Lots and lots of walking.
     
  14. Jawhawker

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    jim, I have definetly seen some late winter birds that required an "RPG". Darn dogs couldn't get within 100 yards before they broke.

    As for gun and load, dogs or not?

    Early season and most conditons I like an 1 1/4 oz of 5's. Late season spooky birds, modified to full and may go to 1 3/8 of 4's.
     
  15. Dove Commander

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    Pheasantmaster is correct w/ his question. Dogs? pointers or flushers? Most of the time after opening week, all the birds are runners. Longer shots. Don't slam any car doors.
     
  16. jim brown

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    Pheasantmaster is the only guy I know who has killed more of those birds than I have. We both lived in good pheasant country all our lives, I just started a little before he did but he caught up. He uses a 12 with #5 shot; I use a 28 with #7 1/2. We both kill lots of birds. It ain’t the arrow; it's the Indian that counts.

    jim brown
     
  17. duckhunter331

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    I agree with jbmi, I would hunt with a pump before an auto. I can put three shots threw my 870 just as fast as an a auto. I prefer 4's, 5's, or 6's, depending on conditions. I prefer a modified, but then again, some conditions you might have to change choke. I'm a pump guy, IMHO, they are more reliable then semi-autos.

    Travis
     
  18. halfmile

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    I use a 20 guage 3 inch O/U with 1 & 1/4 oz of shot, usually 6's If we have good dogs.

    The gun is a joy to carry and shoot, I wuld never think of using anything else.

    HM
     
  19. Jawhawker

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    jim, yea but your a skeet shooter.......... Suppose you hunt them chickens in a skirt and pantyhouse???????
     
  20. jim brown

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    Pheasantmaster,

    Nah, I keep gettin cockleburs in my pantyhose so switched to long pants. By the way I represent that skeet shooter talk. I may wear pantyhose but never to a trapshoot an I damn sure don’t fraternize with those skeeters.

    jim brown
     
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