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 Post subject: Best Shell for Dove
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 9:01 am 
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What is the best all around shell for Dove hunting? 12ga O/U.

Right now I am looking at Rio High Brass in 7.5 shot. any other ideas?



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 Post subject: Re: Best Shell for Dove
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 9:56 am 
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In a 12 gauge just about any shell (7-1/2 or 8 ) that goes bang every time should be fine. Pattern you shotgun with one or 10 different brands and pick the one that gives you the best pattern.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Shell for Dove
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 1:38 pm 
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Any quality light trap load (1145 fps) will work very well, as will lots of other choices in 12 gauge, and shoot softly in an O/U. I like they way hard 7 1/2s bring down doves so I stick with AA or STS loads for the most part. Cost isn't important since it usually doesn't take more than a box to kill a limit.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Shell for Dove
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 3:36 pm 
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The cheapest ammo since you'll use a lot of them!

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 Post subject: Re: Best Shell for Dove
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 6:44 pm 
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I usually use 1 ounce game loads of 7.5 or 8 shot. Whatever is on sale.

I have shot some high brass 1.25 ounce 7.5 shot at 1330 FPS on days when the birds were flying high. They can beat you up after a box or two.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Shell for Dove
PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2016 3:46 pm 
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Been hunting doves 50+ years. I still hunt 25+ days a year in Oklahoma where we mostly shoot Mourning Doves but can also get chances at Whitewing and some Eurasian Doves. No matter what gauge I use 1 ounce or 1 1/8 ounce of 7.5's. Sometimes it is whatever is on sale. However, Oldbirdhntr is correct about the good quality trap loads being some of the best dove loads. High velocity loads are a waste of money and why subject yourself to the excessive recoil, particularly out of an over and under?


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 Post subject: Re: Best Shell for Dove
PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2016 8:04 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Best Shell for Dove
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I use the 1oz Rio Sporting loads, same as I shoot at clays

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 Post subject: Re: Best Shell for Dove
PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 12:11 am 
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This is probably overkill for doves but I reload 1.25 oz loads of 7.5 shot at 1330 fps. It's a basic pheasant load. They go in my O/U, with LM on the bottom and IM on top. It stones them dead in the air at ranges nobody would believe unless they were there and saw it.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Shell for Dove
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:10 am 
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classic bird shells in UK are 1,1/8 oz load, #6 at about 1250fps.
used for alot of "pigeons" not doves. (i can understand why 7.5s are used.)

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 Post subject: Re: Best Shell for Dove
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:02 pm 
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The absolute cheapest shell that will cycle the gun semi reliably. If the gun jams once a box then no biggie, another bird will be along shortly.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:48 pm 
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Herters is really cheap and clean


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 Post subject: Re: Best Shell for Dove
PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:39 pm 
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Ditto all the above. For me it's the Walmart 100-pack of Fed or Win Target ammo in either 7.5 or 8 shot. Works great and cheap.

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 Post subject: Best Shell for Dove
PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 7:28 am 
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In 12ga, I like B&P F2 Mach 1oz #7.5. These shells work great for high flying white wings! In 28ga, I like the Win AA Supersport 3/4 oz in #7.5. I really like 28ga for mourning doves especially when hunting the water holes in west Texas.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Shell for Dove
PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:09 am 
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I don't know if they are the "best", but these are my favorites: (1) In 28 gauge B&P 15/16 oz 7.5 (with Rem Nitro 7.5 3/4 oz a close second), and (2) in 16 gauge RGLs 7.5 (1 oz). I don't shoot the other gauges enough to have an opinion. Actually, I don't worry about the gauge, just the loads. I want the dove shotgun to be fairly light and quick on target since I mainly hunt over decoys.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Shell for Dove
PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:43 pm 
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A spent shell followed by a downed dove. :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Best Shell for Dove
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 6:27 am 
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Go to wal mart and buy the 4 packs that are on sale, 8,s most of the time. Should work just fine, lets not get to tech on knocking down doves here men. Now late season birds? 7.5s.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Shell for Dove
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 11:35 pm 
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c.j. wrote:
What is the best all around shell for Dove hunting? 12ga O/U.

Right now I am looking at Rio High Brass in 7.5 shot. any other ideas?


First let me say brass size means nothing in terms of shotshells.. now to the loads...

There are two styles of dove hunting and thus two different loads I suggest. I have shot both ways many of times, but prefer decoying.

First, pass shooting. Yardages range from 10-15 yards out to 40-60 depending on what the birds give you. Often done on public dove fields where you have several guys shooting at the same bird "coming down the line" so to speak. For this, you want a moderately heavy load of 7.5's. In the 12 gauge that would be 1 1/8oz going 1250fps+. In the 20 that would be 1oz of 7.5's at 1175-1200fps. Often a modified or improved modified is needed if the shots are long, remember you need a dense pattern for doves.

Second is decoying. Often done on private ground where you don't have other hunters interfering with the birds. Ranges are typically 10-30 yards at slow birds that are coming into your decoys, food plot, dead tree, or watering hole. For this I often shoot a reloaded 7/8 oz of 7.5's in my 12 gauge over under, but if I have to buy shells I will buy a 1oz load of 7.5's or 8's at 1250+fps. In the 20 it would be the classic 7/8oz of 7.5 or 8's at 1200fps. Chokes used are Cyl or Improved Cyl. You have to be real careful if you use 8's that you don't take the birds too close, I have a BAD habit of letting the birds come in as far as they will come and last year a vast majority of my shots were under 20 yards. The first day I had 1 1/8 oz of 8's and that wasn't pretty. I then switched to the reloads and had a much better time for the rest of the season.

So really what I am trying to say is that it doesn't matter what load you shoot, but you should really try and match the load to the way you are hunting. I guess there is a third way to shoot doves as well, and that is jump shooting them. I've done this a few times and found the classic low end game loads in 1 1/8 6's 1200fps to be adequate, most shots are going away and at longer ranges.

As for SPECIFIC loads.. I reload the 12 gauge 7/8 but I think fiocchi makes a similar load if you are after one.. probably wouldn't cycle a semi though. When I buy shells I prefer the remington gun clubs, but will also shoot the cheap federal top gun when it is all that is available.. doesn't take much to kill a dove as long as the pattern is there.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Shell for Dove
PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 7:12 am 
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Remington nitro 27 handicap with 1oz of hard 7 1/2. Usually LM choke


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 Post subject: Re: Best Shell for Dove
PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:36 am 
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Premium trap load in 7.5 or 8. I like 3 dram (1200 fps).



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