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 Post subject: Re: Best 20ga load for wild pheasants
PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:23 pm 
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Try the Hevishot Pheasant in 4's or 6's




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 Post subject: Re: Best 20ga load for wild pheasants
PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:41 pm 
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footballtime wrote:
Try the Hevishot Pheasant in 4's or 6's


footballtime wrote:
IMO the Hevishot is much more effective as compared to the Bismuth.....


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for waterfowl hunting I have use the Hevishot Duck 3" #2 and 4's
you will love them


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Hevishot Duck 3" 4's.....that shot size is an amazing
all around shell


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No turkey can compare to the Magnum Blends. I have never
seen or gotten patterns like these shells give. They truly
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take a look at the Hevishot Waterfowl Chokes in the Crio
Thread system


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Hevimetal 3.5" BB's will WEAR THEM OUT


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I have had great success and a lot of fun shooting Teal with a 28ga. I use HeviShot 3/4oz #6 Duck loads. I tried some 5/8oz Classic Doubles and they were not as effective, but killed nonetheless. Cynergy Sporting and a 725. I prefer IC/SK, but once forgot to change tubes and shot LM/IC-worked great...



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 Post subject: Re: Best 20ga load for wild pheasants
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:06 pm 
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It depends on what your situation is as to what is best. While I have shot all my roosters with a 12ga this year (about 50-50 with a 12 and 20 last year) 70% could have been shot with any gauge with a modest load.

If you are only shooting birds pointed by a dog then a 7/8th oz of 6s might work. If you occasionally shoot a wild flushed bird then 1 oz of 5s or 6s at 1220-1250 will do just fine, that is what I use when I shoot my 20ga. If you don't get many chances at roosters and absolutely have to take every shot that is presented inside 50 yards then the 1 1/4oz 5s will get it done. If I'm in that situation I'll use a 12ga. And honestly there aren't too many hunters out there, me included, that can consistently use that extra shot and energy. A great shooter with a 1oz load will kill more roosters then a mediocre shooter with 1 1/4oz loads.
This all assumes you are just using lead shot. With non-tox loads things might get more complicated.

In my opinion too much time is used worrying about the right loads and not in staying calm at the shot and putting it where it needs to be. Over the years I've come to believe most pheasants are killed under 35 yards. I see a lot of 40 yard + shots taken at roosters but most of those don't hit home.

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 Post subject: Re: Best 20ga load for wild pheasants
PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:29 pm 
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I agree, I try to kill 100% of the close ones. A lot of times the ones that flush 50 yards away the first time, land, then hold tight the next flush, so I don't try to kill the occasional long one. I've killed a bunch of limits even in SD in December with a 28 ga 1 oz 5's. I have shot pretty much the same load in the 20's as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Best 20ga load for wild pheasants
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:29 am 
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If buying factory loads the golden pheasant is good stuff.

I mainly shoot my reloads and my "go to" load for pheasants in KS is- 1 oz #5 shot, 23.5 gr Blue Dot, SP20 Wad, AA Hull, 1250 FPS. Does great at knocking roosters down and I also use it as an all around upland shell when we're in areas with both pheasant and quail. I also have a load that uses Remington hulls that is 1 oz at 1200 FPS. I'll use it if the likelihood of seeing a pheasant is slim.


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 Post subject: Re: Best 20ga load for wild pheasants
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:42 am 
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My son used the Hevishot 2 3/4 4's on a recent hunt
with great success out of his 20 gauge


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 Post subject: Re: Best 20ga load for wild pheasants
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:13 am 
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Killed a good many wild birds stone dead with 1 1/8 oz of 7 1/2s as fast as the Longshot recipes call for.
The shot swarm placement is more important than the load.
Go shoot a bunch of clays till you get on to your gun, buy the recommended super duper loads and as you get tired of blowing birds up work down to something that does the job without tearing up the meat.

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 Post subject: Re: Best 20ga load for wild pheasants
PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:00 pm 
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Factory loads=Praire Storm. I like 6s.

I reload 1 1/8 of copper plated sixes in a CSD20 wad with Lil Gun. You can load it from 1200-1375 fps. I do the 1200 and she patterns beautifully out of a Citori Barrel. I'm hunting over Brittanies so most of my shots are what I choose to take and pretty close but this load would be the last one I'll ever give up. It does give a good thumping on both ends espiaclly towards the 1370 fps. I'm cutting the CDS 4 petals most the way down.


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 Post subject: Re: Best 20ga load for wild pheasants
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 Post subject: Re: Best 20ga load for wild pheasants
PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:16 pm 
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I use Hevishot Duck 3" 6's


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 Post subject: Re: Best 20ga load for wild pheasants
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pheasantsforever wrote:
I use Hevishot Duck 3" 6's


That's a pathetic load: it isn't as dense as lead, for starters: it is like shooting #7 lead at pheasants. And, as a bonus, it is rip-off priced. It is more lethal to your wallet than to a wild pheasant.

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It appears to me that footballtime may have changed his screen name to pheasantsforever. Lol.

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 Post subject: Re: Best 20ga load for wild pheasants
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It appears to me that footballtime may have changed his screen name to pheasantsforever. Lol.

Yep. Too bad we can't remove trolls from the site. I see enough HeavyMetal BS in my hunting magazines. A buddy tried some last year for pheasant. He didn't kill any more birds then anyone else. He just spent more money doing it. :lol:



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