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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-02-2013, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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What are you shooting?

I had a solid supply of Remington nitro pheasants in 2 3/4 and 3 in #6. I loved them. The gun recycled beautifully and never had a bird land alive. Just had to give birds a little distance not to blast them. I've heard they re made them in a different name, is that true? A friend also suggested the fiocchi golden pheasant ext in #5. It's 3" with a 1 5/8 load, does anyone use these?
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Chris,
I use both the Fiocchi Golden Pheasant #5 & #6 @ 1310 FPS and the Fiocchi High Velocity 7 1/2 @ 1300 for Pheasant hunting, IMO the best repetative patterning shells I can run thru my L.C. Smith double guns unless I load my own. For Grouse, Woodcock & Quail I use the Polywad Spred-R loads, along with the B&P 28 Gauge 7 1/2's. All are 2 3/4" shells.
Hardly reload at all any more, these shells are so good and Lion County delivers right to my door, even in the back woods of Potter County, Pa.
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Re: What are you shooting?

Released pheasants...1 1/8-6s in 12 gauge or 16 gauge.
Wild....same or up to 1 1/2-4s in a 12 or 1 1/4-4s in a 16, depending upon conditions.
5s are a swell compromise but 4s make a difference in oomph.

Make of shell means nothing though I like the Rem Sureshot box graphics.
One will lose zero birds because of the shell chosen unless some particular of the shell is at some extreme of measure.
All top shells with good shot perform just when fine pointed correctly and triggered at a proper distance...none hold trump....thinking otherwise is simply marketing at work or imagination driving confidence.

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A 3" load for pheasants sounds brutal. If you have a good load, maybe consider trying a different choke to see about opening the pattern up a bit if you tend to destroy birds. 3" loads on pheasants is most likely going to rip birds up horribly. If I was to hunt pheasants, and in a past life, I have, Id just shoot a moderate blast of 6 shot out of a modified choke or even improved cylinder. They don't fly that fast and get out of range in an instant.
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As crazy as it sounds I use a full choke and I still drop birds partially alive. The Nitros had the power to drop them with out tearing them up.
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3" shells and a full choke....you are not doing the birds in Pa or yourself a favor.
Consider looking up a skeet field, opening the choke and lightening the load.

GBE was correct....decades ago.

Rory has a good owner now....lucky lad.

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Winchester High Brass 6 shot 2 3/4" 12ga with an Improved Cylinder is all I ever used on Ringnecks

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Chris,
You don't need 3" shells or #4's to down Pheasants.
2 3/4 shells in #5 or #6 are fine, for pen raised pheasant
shooting behind a pointing dog, 7 1/2's are fine also.
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I grew up when there were lots of wild birds plus some stockies and all my father, brother, and I ever used was 16 gauge high base #6, some store bought but most reloads. We all had ithaca 37s, mod. chokes.
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