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oboyer 10-31-2013 10:07 PM

Can i use target loads
Can I use target loads on feasant

MisterMcCool 10-31-2013 10:35 PM

You are going to spend a fortune on a pheasant hunt and skimp on the ammo?

John_Deer 10-31-2013 10:45 PM

Most hunters use high brass #6 ammo on pheasant. MisterMcCool has a point, not everyone gets to hunt pheasant. I have paid $40 for a pen raised pheasant because my wife wanted it. If mama aint happy, no one is happy.

hiwall 10-31-2013 10:56 PM

#8 trap loads are a little light for pheasants and you would very likely wound many before you bagged one. NOT very sportsman like. You should always strive to make clean one shot kills on anything that you hunt.
John_Deer is right #6 high brass is a very common load for pheasants.

nitestalker 10-31-2013 11:12 PM

You should use "Field Loads". Chilled shot of #5 or #6. Chilled shot cuts thru the feather. Soft shot deforms and pulls feathers in to the flesh. You then get hair balls in your roast Pheasant.:eek:

SSGN_Doc 10-31-2013 11:36 PM

One box of good ammo will go a long way unless you get 25 shots to take.

Gatoragn 11-01-2013 12:13 AM

I prefer these in #5:

wittmeba 11-01-2013 12:23 AM

Use about #6 or below.

And I have heard to try to shoot them when they are flying away from you. Flying toward you the pellets may be deflected by their feathers - seriously - true for almost any bird.

Sniper03 11-01-2013 12:36 AM


From experience they are correct! High Brass 6 Shot is the besty way to go. Whether shooting a 20 ga or a 12 ga. And if you are not always shooting over dogs (setters or close flushing spaniels like springer spaniels who work very close normally) in very cold weather when the birds a holdong very tight, anything else under High Brass 6's are going to allow the Feathers to Fly the Meat Away! as us old bird hunters refer to it. ;) I hunted over dogs for years (with English Setters & Labs) for pheasant and quail and used a 20 ga. to hunt them with so not to damage anymore meat than I had too. And especialy with a flush close to my location. Sure miss it now living in Tennessee! We do not have pheasants and few quail here other than some put and take farms.


nitestalker 11-01-2013 01:07 AM

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When is the last time flushed pheasants flew in your face. That is the most ridiculous thing I seen posted in awhile. At what angle are a birds feathers on the rise?
I love hunting with a light Beretta O/U .20 Ga. behind one of my Gordon Setters. A beautiful Fall morning watching a Setter cast and is steady to shot and wing. Now that is a fine day.:)

Sniper 03 for your enjoyment. This is a Gordon pup who is discovering the world of Hunters and their game.;)

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