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An effective “light” load for Pheasant?

I recently picked up a Winchester Model 59 with the famous Winlite barrel and aluminum alloy receiver. I checked and the receiver is in good shape and I like to keep it that way. I know not to shoot steel or Magnum loads thru it, but how low would you go on the load for Pheasant? Should I be looking at the overall shot weight, the dram or the FPS? I’d like to keep the barrel and receiver pressure low but still have an effective shot.
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When I shot them over my pointing dog I used and O/U with 1 1/8 oz with No. 6 in my improved choke and 1 1/4 N0. 5's reloads in my modified barrel. In those days I hunted pheasants in OH in the morning and in PA in the afternoon for 15 or more days a season.

Had very good luck with these loads for several years....

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When I was younger we used Dove and Quail loads in #6 in 20 ga. with no problems.

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Any standard field load will work great in a 59. The 59 is a great gun.

My two friends had them and used standard 1 1/4 oz. #6s.

I'd use 7.5 early in the season and move on to #6 an maybe #4 later in the season.

Is it fixed choke or does it have tubes?
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Any standard field load will work great in a 59. The 59 is a great gun.

My two friends had them and used standard 1 1/4 oz. #6s.

I'd use 7.5 early in the season and move on to #6 an maybe #4 later in the season
Is it fixed choke or does it have tubes?
This is good info, thanks. By some miracle I found one in great condition with all 3 choke tubes, IC, MOD, and Full.
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Consider this: many hunters use a 20 gauge gun to hunt pheasants and the standard load for a 20 is 7/8 to 1 ounce of shot. You could use the equivalent of a 20 gauge load in a 12 gauge gun.

I roll some of my own shells. To save wear and tear on an old double barrel, I make low-pressure/low recoil loads which are basically a 20 gauge load in a 12 gauge barrel. This is a published load so you can look it up: 7/8 ounce of shot, a Federal 12S0 wad in a Remington STS hull, Win 209 primer and Clays powder to yield somewhere around 7000 psi and about 1050 fps. Advantage of this load is that you get a nice pattern.


Using a load like this will save wear and tear on your gun, if that's your concern.
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This is good info, thanks. By some miracle I found one in great condition with all 3 choke tubes, IC, MOD, and Full.
Lucky!! I always wanted one. They point so nice.
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Consider this: many hunters use a 20 gauge gun to hunt pheasants and the standard load for a 20 is 7/8 to 1 ounce of shot. You could use the equivalent of a 20 gauge load in a 12 gauge gun.

Using a load like this will save wear and tear on your gun, if that's your concern.
Good points Dave. You don't need much for upland game.
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i haven't used a shotgun in 12-15 years. i was using my mossberg 500 in 12ga with remington heavy game loads in #6 for everything but dove, i used #7 1/2 thru 8, didn't matter what variety.

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