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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-22-2015, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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Shooting doves with target ammo?

Anyone use target ammo for doves? I bought a box of federal pink#8 ammo for dove, anyone ever shoot these?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-22-2015, 06:41 AM
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Re: Shooting doves with target ammo?

That's all I use for doves I use the 7 for pheasant and squirrels
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Re: Shooting doves with target ammo?

Yep. If it goes bang and I can afford it I use it. Duel purpose. Good luck

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Re: Shooting doves with target ammo?

That used to be all I used, and it worked fine. I still would, but the semi I bought a couple years ago has gotten finicky, and won't cycle most of them any more, so I have to go with a little heavier loads. Sounds like a good excuse to buy another shotgun, huh?

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Re: Shooting doves with target ammo?

Works fine for doves and a good value.
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Re: Shooting doves with target ammo?

I still like 7 1/2 shot for doves. I think its more of a head thing because can that 1/2 shot size make much of a difference?
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Re: Shooting doves with target ammo?

Look at the specs on the box more so than just target or game load. A good dove load for 12 gauge you want 1 1/8 oz if shot, going somewhere between 1145-1250 fps. I would also stick with 7 1/2 or 8 shot. It's really personal preference and doesn't matter. You get a bit more range with the 7 1/2's but your giving up some pattern density.

For doves I shoot my handicap trap reloads which are nearly identical to factory Remington Nitro 27's. 1 1/8 of 7 1/2's at 1235fps. Definitely hits them pretty hard!
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Re: Shooting doves with target ammo?

Go buy a 410. 1/2 ounce of 9 will blast them from the sky and leave you something to eat. Of coarse you have to do your part but you don't have to kill them with the concussion from a handicap trap load.
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