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    Default Shooting wild pheasants...preferred load for 20 gauge? GDG

    I've never hunted wild pheasants with a 20 gauge before, but it has become my preferred gauge...what load would you recommend?

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    4 shot...............

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    are they pen raised birds or wild free ranging ones ? are you hunting over a dog ?

    If it were me, I like to shoot Fiocchi Golden Pheasant loads in either 5 or 6...I also like Remington Express loads in #6's, I am looking to break their legs so they dont run, I also want to be able to eat them afterwards, YMMV
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    I agree with Bon and Mark. If was shooting a double barrel which I do, I might put a six shot in my more open barrel and four shot for the tighter choke follow up shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Robinson View Post
    I agree with Bon and Mark. If was shooting a double barrel which I do, I might put a six shot in my more open barrel and four shot for the tighter choke follow up shot.
    thats the set up for me when I shoot the O/U I will shoot imp cylinder in the lower barrel with a #6 and shoot a 5 or a 4 out of a modified barrel...If I am shooting the 1100 or the 870, I might have a AA Super Sport in 7.5, followed by a # 6, followed by the hail mary load of a short magnum #4...also depends if I am driving the birds or if I am a blocker
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    The ideal 20 gauge load for pheasants is 5 shot. I shoot both 2 3/4 inch 1 ounce and 3 inch 1 1/4 ounce. Fiocchi makes a great pheasant load, Golden Pheasant. 6s are ok if it isn't windy but 5s will serve you well in all conditions. You failed to ask about choke which is at least as or more important.

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    Might try a heavy turkey load in a #7. 1-1/2 oz loads available which have better ballistics than a #5 buffered lead.

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    I agree with the Fiocchi Golden pheasant loads on wild birds. I always work behind a flushing dog or pointer/flushing dog combo - not drives. That said, later season birds get a bigger dose than early season ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul "Happy" Gilmore View Post
    Might try a heavy turkey load in a #7. 1-1/2 oz loads available which have better ballistics than a #5 buffered lead.
    Can you explain, seems counterintuitive which doesn't mean it's wrong. We are talking about 20 gauge right? As an all purpose round, like Ed I like the five shot.

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