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12 Gauge for Grouse?

I have a few questions and I thank you in advance for your help. I have a Remington 870 Express 12 gauge shotgun on which I put on a full choke to hunt turkey. It came with an improved cylinder. Does that mean without any choke it is a modified barrel. Also, the only shells I have beside turkey shot, are 2 3/4" 1 1/8 oz., 8-shot, which is recommended for doves. Will they work for grouse? I hope these questions aren't too silly.

I have a Rem. 16 gauge, which I lent to my nephew that lives 2 hours away, and I need the gun for Saturday.
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Re: 12 Gauge for Grouse?

Lastchance54,

There's nothing wrong with that load in your gun as long as it patterns well through your IC choke. The only problem you might have is putting too many pellets in a bird if you connect at very close range. You can buy factory 12ga loads as light as 7/8oz.

DON'T shoot your gun without a tube installed.

Most guys who are serious about grouse hunting opt for a light, quick handling gun but if that's all you have, use it. At least you're getting out there.

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Re: 12 Gauge for Grouse?

Do not shoot any type of shell without a choke tube installed.... It will destroy the threads and then you will no longer be able to install a choke.
You will need to purchase a modified choke tube to get that constriction. You can find factory replacement "rem" chokes for probably less than $25.
I personally think #8 shot is a little light but as long as you keep your shots close you should be ok.
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Re: 12 Gauge for Grouse?

#8's are a lot of pellets at close range and #8's are a close range load. You will be better served with 6 or 7 1/2 and you don't need a lot of energy from a 12 gauge load or even a 20 ga. to kill a grouse. They are easy to kill just difficult to hit. Use your Improved cylinder choke with your 870 it will work just fine. Be sure you have a plug which will allow for no more than 3 shells to be in the weapon. You be wise to throw some clay birds for practice....try to simulate a grouse in flight during practice and a hand thrower works just fine for that.

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Re: 12 Gauge for Grouse?

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Do not shoot any type of shell without a choke tube installed.... It will destroy the threads and then you will no longer be able to install a choke.
You will need to purchase a modified choke tube to get that constriction. You can find factory replacement "rem" chokes for probably less than $25.
I personally think #8 shot is a little light but as long as you keep your shots close you should be ok.
Good luck!
Thanks. I should have thought of that myself.
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#8's are a lot of pellets at close range and #8's are a close range load. You will be better served with 6 or 7 1/2 and you don't need a lot of energy from a 12 gauge load or even a 20 ga. to kill a grouse. They are easy to kill just difficult to hit. Use your Improved cylinder choke with your 870 it will work just fine. Be sure you have a plug which will allow for no more than 3 shells to be in the weapon. You be wise to throw some clay birds for practice....try to simulate a grouse in flight during practice and a hand thrower works just fine for that.
+1 Good advice.

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