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20 ga for pheasants (UPDATE WITH PICS)

Just got a 20 ga o/u and may be going on a pheasant hunt/dog training exercise next weekend. I was looking at what shells I should be looking at getting. I used to use 6 shot long range out of my 12. Should I go with long range high brass out of my 20. I am worried that 7 1/2 would be too light for pheasant.

Really excited to try out some pheasant hunting. I only ever shot 1 before.

Here are a few pics. The engraving doesn't come out so swift with the camera I was using. It has some flowers and vines on the receiver, trigger guard and such. Came with improved cylinder, and modified chokes, has a greener-style lock on it, tang barrel selector, and ejectors. Not a bad gun for start I am happy with it so far, and cant wait to use it this weekend. Her maiden voyage Lilly and I put up 9, in 1.5-2 hours, and I missed one. Lets just hope I can shoot a little better next time.









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Re: 20 ga for pheasants?

I don't have a 20 but I've always used 5 or 6 for my 12g. I forgot to get a new box of shells before one hunt and used #4 turkey load. THAT was fun, every bird was stone dead in the air! There were no cripples.

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Re: 20 ga for pheasants?

I been using a 20g this year due to dog training.
most of the year I been using plain old #6 low brass game loads.
I did however switch to #5s after the new year

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Re: 20 ga for pheasants?

I use #6 high brass in my 20 OU and have no problems went and bought a box of 3 inch Golden pheasant for hunting in more open spots #6 shot and didnt bang-up the birds much with them
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Re: 20 ga for pheasants?

Never use anything fancy just Remington game loads #6,7 1/2. Might change chokes depending on weather. I actualy had more cripples when I used 4 shot. I guess larger = less pellets in the 1 oz load created more holes in the pattern?

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Re: 20 ga for pheasants?

This year, I used high brass 6's in my 20ga and low brass 6's heavy dove load in my 12ga, both 2.75". I took squirrels, rabbits, and pheasants.
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Re: 20 ga for pheasants?

high brass 6 shot 2.75 no need for 3 inch shells.
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Re: 20 ga for pheasants?

Thanks guys. We will have 4 dogs so I doubt cripples will have a chance but just want dead birds without a ton of BBS to pick through.

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Re: 20 ga for pheasants?

You could put the 7 1/2 in for the first shot and 6 in for the second shot. I would go with six if not over a pointing dog. That 20 has power to spare...no need for high brass over a pointing dog on preserve pheasants. I love my 28 ga with 6 shot for pheasant and 7-8 for grouse. I bought the 28 for dog training and fell in love with it. Now it goes on every hunt.
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Re: 20 ga for pheasants?

I use 2 3/4in #7 1/2 in my first barrel with a IC choke and 3in #6 prairie storm in my second with a modified choke. I used to shot prairie storms out of both barrels but on close shots it would just do to much damage to the bird. However for a second shot out of a modified choke you can drop a bird at a long distance.
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