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Hi, new to the board, but have been hunting pheasants 12 to 20 outings a year for the past 10 years or so.

I shoot over setters and generally carry the 28 (a Ruger o/u) only for game farm pheasants. For state-released or for wild birds I generally take a SigArms (B.Rizzini TR20U) in 20 or Beretta 686 Ultralight in 12.

In the 28, I've had good luck going IC/M with 3/4 oz. of #7.5s in the bottom and the Winchester 1oz. load of #6 in the top. I know the 1oz. load for 28 isn't terribly well thought of, but it's performed well out of my Red Label, which I believe is back-bored.

In any gauge over pointing dogs, I generally start the day with #7.5s in the bottom and #6s in the top. For chokes, I often go IC/IM. I carry 4 or 5 rounds of #5 and switch to the 6 in the bottom/5 in the top combo if the birds aren't holding very well.
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