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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-04-2018, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Best load for grouse?

I'm going on a grouse hunt next week. Just wondering what you consider the best load combo. Right now I've got a box of low brass 12 gauge 1 1/8 oz 7 1/2 that I was going to use. I've used # 8 dove loads before as well. Been a long time since I've shot a grouse, and I forget what I used to get the last one.
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I'm going on a grouse hunt next week. Just wondering what you consider the best load combo. Right now I've got a box of low brass 12 gauge 1 1/8 oz 7 1/2 that I was going to use. I've used # 8 dove loads before as well. Been a long time since I've shot a grouse, and I forget what I used to get the last one.
I shoot improved over improved chokes in my over/under 12 gauge. I us 7 1/2 in both barrels for grouse. When I am hunting pheasants I us 7 1/2 for the first shot and follow it with 6 shot if a second shot is needed.


You should be good with your 7 1/2 or 8 shot loads.


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When there were enough grouse around here to hunt, I always preferred #7 1/2's. Seemed like once or twice a year, you'd rock a bird hard with #8's but he'd keep going. With #6's, it seems there are possible holes in the pattern at distance.

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I like 12ga 7 1/2 high brass upland loads...not magnum.

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Grouse are not hard to kill, 7 1/2 low base shells are sufficient. I use #6 high base for pheasants bit it is overkill for grouse in my opinion and experience.
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I like 12ga 7 1/2 high brass upland loads...not magnum.

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I use Those Remington Shells for pheasant in #6 and 1 1/4 oz.
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I would not shoot at any game bird with any shot smaller than 7 1/2.

I use 7 1/2 for grouse in both the 12 and 20 gage.
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Grouse are not hard to kill, but they can be difficult to hit. I use 1 oz 7 1/2 in my improved cylinder and 1 1/8 oz. 6's in my modified barrel which has a slector to choose the best choke as the bird flushes.

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My O/U is choked improved and modified. I had planned to just use the 7 1/2's in both barrels.
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My O/U is choked improved and modified. I had planned to just use the 7 1/2's in both barrels.
6's will give you a little more range for the second shot and if the grouse flushes further out select the modified coke.

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