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Going pheasant hunting for planted birds using an O/U.

Wanted feedback on using IC with 6's on top and Modified with 5's on the bottom.

Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions.
 

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Depends... Which barrel are you planning on shooting first?
 

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should work fine. That is the way I always choke my o/u but I use 5's on first shot and 4's on second but on wild birds.
Pen raised birds generally flush closer and fly slower so you could even go to 7.5s and then 6's.

have fun!
Wayne
 

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Almost anything will suffice with the pen raised birds. I've shot them with #8 to be cheap but I've found that with that little shot, there is a whole lot of it in the bird if they are within 25yds. Use some #6s and you will be fine.
 

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I usually recommend # 6 or # 7 for my pheasant hunts. Depending on how the particular batch of birds flushes, either IC/M or M/F. Occasionally, we'll get some birds that flush way in front of the dogs, and the extended range of the M/F comes in real handy. I'd ask how the birds are flushing before making my decision. If they're having to be kicked up by the handler, S/IC is good.

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I use 1 1/4 oz, 1330 fps loads in a 12 gauge. I used to shoot #6 first followed by #4 in the second barrel if needed. However I have switched almost exclusively to # 5 in both barrels. If I have some #6 and #4 loads will use #6 in the early season when the shots are generally a little closer and #4 in the late season when the birds are flushing more wild. I got tired of carrying both types of shells and the #5's have been great.
 

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Gunski,

Did you or do you realize, that if you fire the bottom barrel first,which is the way all non-selectable O/U work, you can get back on target faster? Bottom barrel first keeps the shotgun from flippng upward. Recoil comes more rearward.

That being said, I'd use an open choke for the first barrel and the tighter choke on the second one.

HWD
 

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I agree with HWD. I use a Stoeger Condor which shoots bottom barrel first and has the IC choke and the top has the Mod. I also use #6 shot for both barrels since my second shot is pretty quick and the distance didn't open up that much.

Having two different types of shells in two pouches would seem to increase the time between reloading. :? There have been many times where I have had to reload and get on to a second bird pretty quick.
 
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