Well, we had a rough go down south this week - between ponds freezing and geese not where they were supposed to go for the morning shoots, it was pretty dismal!
I DID shoot a good sized gander with my Westley Richards double hammer however, loaded with 80 thrown grains of FFG and an equal amount of #2 Nice Shot!
Bad news is the pic is on my phone and Ii don't know how to get it onto my computer!
The bird came in at about 30 yards, and although I made a lousy shot, it broke both wings and drove a few right into the chest of the bird - I will hunt again with this load for sure!
I also shot a ring neck rooster with the same gun , loaded with 80 grains of FFG and #4 Nice shot - the bird was DRT (dead right there) from about 20 yards.
The shot charge seems very good in this combination, so I will not vary it, but only wanted to try the pheasants with the #4 for testing, I'll save the lead for those critters from now on.
However, I will continue to use Nice shot in my W.R. for ducks and geese whenever I get the chance to.
Recoil was low, BTW, and although the shot charge seemed a tad slow, it penetrated more than enough, and it is easy on both the old gun AND my beat up shoulder!