So what your saying is that it is pointless to pattern your gun with a certain choke/load combo unless you are shooting clays? Well to each their own.OldDublin said:Shot size?...#4 -# 7 1/2
Patterning re pheasants is pretty much irrelevant.
Clays can be a different issue but with a scattergun pointed correctly and possessing a decent amount of choke for the distance of the shot...patterning is irrelvant with any scattergun. More of a feel good deal than anything else re pheasants.
Especially patterning as most often practiced on the equivalent of the old round oil can thrown in the road ditch.
The old Lubaloy was nice and helped penetration but the copper washes now used make little difference...perhaps, a tad less feather pull.
Nickle is often a joke....most bagged nickle I have seen is very soft lead under the shiny nickle. Factory loads with nickle over hard lead can work ok....hardly worth the freight for Pa. pheasants though.
Shaken down in 1 1/8 ounce or more, #4s are tough to beat.
1 ounce and under, then #5s.
But, as noted, little will not work pointed and discharged correctly.
Nope, but there lies the greatest value in trying to manipulate pellets into the annular ring for a more even pellet spread.MadHunter86 said:So what your saying is that it is pointless to pattern your gun with a certain choke/load combo unless you are shooting clays? Well to each their own.