I have never hunted witha 20 ga.
My favorite late season wild bird shot is copper plated #5. It retains enough energy and there is enough shot to keep holes in the pattern small.
Have fun, I'm jealous!
Since the hatch recruitment has been pretty poor in CO the past couple years, most birds are older and flush further out. I've been shooting 3 inch number 5's on them with good success.
Scout and Bella
"Tess" Amigold Duckus Takem - Miss her greatly
Mod and Full Briley...Early in season I use 2 3/4 7 1/2s. Later in the season when things get cold, I switch to 6s. I believe the whole idea is to know your limits and knowing your range. Nice thing about a 20 is weight. Another thing is having a proper fit. Lastly, pattern your shotgun with different loads and choke combos.
We have many non-toxic shot areas and I like the 2&3/4 1300fps #6 Hevishot best of all. (#4 Hevishot even works on geese, but I prefer #2 for Canadas.) I will use up my lead (mostly Rem Express 1&1/4 #6), but not buy any more lead. (I wish the price of tungesten would come down.)
In the past I tried one of the hopped up monster pheasant loads. (From Federal, I recall.) Horrible recoil and too much damage to the bird. It made the gun a single shot because I couldn't recover from the kick. Rem Express "high brass" is the most shot and power I want.
Well all I kin say is "Dang"!
Just fill them stocks on them 6 lb guns with cement.... and suffer with the rest of us.. You wont feel any recoil,,,,, and yer arms will hurt from "carrycramps" the rest of the season...... I then decide to resort to volunteer blocker..... with a bucket....... and a fence post....... and shade..... and a box a Pop Tarts..
6 lb gun indeed!....
I remember one trip when I had walked all day, and had only flushe 2 hens. Dog was beat, I was sore, so I cut across the field and headed to the county road to walk back to the truck. My 27 lb guns was really gettin heavy,, but I dont feel recoil when I get to shoot it..... anyways,,,,, It was so heavy feelin that I decided to carry it in the manner we prolly all have at one time er the udder.. I hadit across the back of my neck,,, with my wobby sore and tired armrs draped across each end..
As iI neared the truck,, out of the ditch ,not 10 yards from the tailgait, up jumps 3 roosters,,timed so perfectly, it would have been easy to get the triple....
First (and Last) time in my life, I have had that chance...
I blew it causeI went to war, thinkin I wasnt gonna see the enemy..!!!
I now carry the gun at "ready"... my body vurry ridged,, excited from the anticipation for the ambush..... Seldom does anything happen...and I look like a dork...
I LOVE to Pheasant hunt...
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Ed, Don't tell them that. South Dakota hunting is terrible. Folks from Ohio and Texas should go to their local game farm and hunt Banties.