Lainee I agree with Dr. Ed. Hands down the best pheasant load I have ever used is the 3" Fiocci Golden Pheasant. I like the 5 shot nickel plated. They have a ton of knock down power and do not tear them up really bad. They have doubled in price since I first started shooting them, but well worth the money.
No Pheasants in KS Regards,
AFC Iron Lines Sergeant Pepper "Pepper"
FC FTCH Westwood's Sunday Silence "Buck"
Sweet Swingin' Fred MH ***
I don't get the whole lots of little shot theory. There was weird thread on Upland Journal a few years ago with one "gentleman" espousing the virtues of #9 at 1500 fps or something close to that.
I also don't understand the weird shaped shot patterning and killing better (Prairie Storm) - the physics don't add up. 1 oz of Hard copper 4's 5's or 6's. Keep your shots under 40 yards and most importantly focus on the head (the white band is good focus point). Hit in the front half of the bird and it will be dead. You can shoot them in the butt with 3.5" of bb's and they'll fly away.
Never trust a dog to watch your food!
Paul, I'm heading downtown to check those out. We have turkeys on our property, I don't feed them or anything, but they still feel more like pets than game. I might make an exception with Thanksgiving just a week away. I just assumed turkey loads came in the larger shot sizes.
Here is an interesting article, that I agree with.
If I have a choice, and am going to hunt pheasants,, a 20 gauge is my first choice.
a 20 gauge autotloader is the gun of choice.
the choke for that gun is modified.. shooting 1 1/8 ounces of copper plated 5 shot...
I will say though,, when shooting targets,, I tend to shoot a longer barreled heaveier gun better than I do the lightweight whippy barreled 20 auto..
I am such a wimp,, that I cant stop my swing with that heavy gun,,, but with the 20,, I have to concentrate on keeping the swing stepgoing..
Have fun Lainee,,, pissed at yo fer leavin Gooser at home..
anyways,,, hers the article..
"Wouldnt You really rather drive a 20 gauge"
Last edited by MooseGooser; 11-21-2013 at 12:42 PM.
It is far easier to spit on the work of others than it is to produce something better yourself.
Brynmoors Prairie Sage JH (Sage) Just a dang fool huntin Dawg
HRCH Calypso Seven Bales High SH (Bailey)
HR Calypso Zoomin Loosies Mad Hader (Maddi) We loved you baby. R.I.P.
HRCH FlatLanders Broken Pistol Ricochet MH (Flinch)
My Christian Name is Michael Baker..
I have gone by "Gooser" since I was a "gossling"
1 down with 2 3/4 #6 Federal...helps to shoot them in the head! I didn't realize it, but today is Big Bad Bullet Boy's 10th birthday! He celebrated by flushing a rooster for me to shoot and retrieving it! God it doesn't get much better than this!
"You can't eat a pig whole, but you can eat a whole pig." - Joe S.
Proudly Owned By:
MHR HR Flash Of Mischief SH CD CGC - Flash (10/15/98 - 10/8/12)
Lightning Fast Quack Attacker QA2 - Bullet (11/22/2003 - 03/05/2016)
Gotta Heart Of A Warrior - Ranger (12/26/07 - 8/10/2010)
SML's Gettin' Sexy With It QA2 - Tango
FOM's Raising a Ruckus in the Rockies QA2 - Riot
FOM's Fugitive From Justice - Bandit
FOM's Number One Small Caliber Bullet of CTC - "Ichi the Terrorist"