That is my main heavy pheasant load with #5 or #4 shot size. I'll also load them with some #2 shot for predator hunting in the brush. As a whole, these loads pattern very well in most guns and are not too hard on the shoulder.
So that's what you call them? I've been just calling them Heavy field loads all these years. The old MAX load of 1-1/4 oz #5 shot and 3-3/4 dram load at, If I remember correctly, about 1335 fps was/is my old go to load for most everything except ducks. I liked #4 Magnums for them, 4 dram 1-3/8 oz loads. I suppose you could kill pigeons with them, we used to do it with 2-1/2" .410s loaded with 7-1/2s" They looked for all the world like they were dead to me!
My mistake, I misread the dram thing, it is 3-1/4, not 3-3/4. Yes, we used to shoot a lot of, well, I guess not, the old Remington Shur-shot was a 1-1/8 oz load. guess I've never used any of them, at least knowingly! :roll: I'll bet they will work fine though!
I use that weight load with 7 1/2 shot for pigeons in the summertime, after most of the chucks are taken care of. Load them with winchester reds and Unique. They work, and yes I believe it is refered to as a "Live bird load". If I have time this year I am going to do some serious pattern testing in my gun with 5's and 6's in both 3 1/4 and 3 3/4 dram 1 1/4 oz. loads. If the lighter ones pattern much more evenly I may use them for pheasants next year.
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