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    Can I get some opinions on the best shotgun shells for pheasants.. Thanks

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    I use a #5 3" shell. No preference on brand, whom ever has the best price....

    I have an over/under which I put a Skeet choke and I/C choke in the respective barrels for early season. later I go with I/C, Mod....

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    Thanks, I cant decide which to buy, my old stand by rems or fiocchi's for a few bucks more.

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    The fastest shell you can find, SPEED kills.

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    FIOCCHI Golden Pheasant is what I use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grizzly View Post
    Can I get some opinions on the best shotgun shells for pheasants.. Thanks
    I used Federal Pheasants Forever loads for years on SD birds, big and hard to kill. 2 3/4 inch #5 copper plated, 12 ga. Never a fan of Fiocchi, did not pattern well for me. Will not use Remington.

    Switched a couple years ago to Federal Prairie Storm and will not go back. Pattern well, tight out to 40 yds with IC, GREAT knock down and do not tear up the birds. same price and the PF loads. Still use #5.
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    thanks guys, anyone ever try kent

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    I like 12 ga Hevishot 2&3/4 #6, modest recoil in my 6lb pheasant gun, good pattern with IC, plenty of down-range energy. But the price has gotten horrible.

    Lots of areas are non-toxic, so I guess when my supply is gone, I'll go to #3 cheap steel (probably Federal) or get a job on Wall Street to pay for more Hevishot.

    I still have some Fiocci lead #6 (standard old "hi brass 3 dram"?) and Remington Express #4 (that I may never use up), but I'm phasing out lead completely.

    I tried one of Federal's heavy (lead) pheasant loads a few years back. Too much recoil, too much energy on the bird.

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    On ducks and geese (where I use a heavier gun), I still appreciate the low velocity Hevishot (#2 for geese #4 or #6 for ducks). I don't see much difference in my various friends brands of steel, and in particular, the Federal 2%3/4 cheap steel is the favorite of two really hard-core waterfowlers.

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    Once in a while I hunt with a 16 ga O/U. I haven't been impressed with the steel I've tried, but our pheasant numbers are down so low, I haven't experimented much.
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    thanks guys

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