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Pheasant / Quail / Dove Hunting Inquiry

 

Your task, should you accept, is to help one determine how best to stock up.  You see, I've been mulling over some thoughts on my hunting preferences here lately and thought I'd hit the boards to see what others were thinking (and using) as well.

There are many species that I love to hunt, but I want to keep each discussion very focused and very specific.  For the purpose of this discussion, my interests here are focused on PHEASANT, QUAIL, and DOVE.

Now here's the meat of my inquiry....  you are to identify the following that you would use:

1) What shotgun would you use for each?

 

 

 

I have my thoughts but will chime in later after I see what some of y'alls is!  I'll let this discussion run for a while and then compile the responses (along with responses that I receive from other inquiries) and post them up on my blog (and here of course!!!).

 

 

 

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Mossberg or Remington,

Mossberg or Remington, whichever one I pick up that day.

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Either my old Remington 11-87 12 ga. or my Remington 870 Express.  I usually bring them both on upland and waterfowl hunts.  I guess I use the 11-87 the vast majority of time, so that would be the likely choice for me.

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I haven't hunted doves in

I haven't hunted doves in over 40 yrs so I'll leave them out.

Pheasants I would use my 16ga AyA with 1 1/8oz of 6's.

Quail I would use my 28ga AyA with 3/4oz of 7 1/2's.

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I use the same 26 in. 12 ga Citori on almost everything.  I use 5's for pheasant and sharptails, 6's for chukar and grouse, 7 1/2's for quail and doves.  I'll use 5's in the second barrel for chukar to feel like I'm extending my kill range for the second shot - don't know if I really am or not.

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for birds

For bird hunting (upland, waterfowl, or others) I think most any 12 ga sporting shotgun will serve a hunter well for all hunts.  If you like a pump, go with it.  If you like an autoloader, go with it.  If you like O/U or side-by-sides, go with those.  I can't think of any bird hunting sinerio where any of these guns would fail to serve well.

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Pheasants/Quail/ Dove

I use a 1962 Baretta silver snipe O/U 12 ga. My father left to me on passing away. Gun is still in like new condition, few battle scares. But is still thight. When I'm on state or fed land were steel shot has to be used. I use a Remi Wingmaster in 12Ga.

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hunter12 wrote:

Gun is still in like new condition, few battle scares. But is still thight.

Wish I could say the same about my shotguns.  I won't say they look abused, so much as they appear just well-used, and they have the seasoned appearance to show it.  However they still fuction like new and that's all I care about. Big smile

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Quail, Hun, Chucker and ring necks, 20ga Red Label, #6 lead for the ring necks, 7 1/2 lead for the rest.

Beretta 391 for waterfowl.  Shot a Mossberg 500 I bought mail order in 1966 at everything till about 5 yrs ago.  Before screw in chokes, have 3 different barrels for it.

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JJD wrote:

Quail, Hun, Chucker and ring necks, 20ga Red Label, #6 lead for the ring necks, 7 1/2 lead for the rest.

Beretta 391 for waterfowl.  Shot a Mossberg 500 I bought mail order in 1966 at everything till about 5 yrs ago.  Before screw in chokes, have 3 different barrels for it.

God, those must have been great days when you could send away for a firearm via mail order.  How times have changed.  Somehow our government thought they could make our world safer by getting rid of mail order firearms.  Do you think our world is anymore safe today than it was back in the 1960's?  I have my doubts. Though 24hr news coverage by hundreds of media outlets leaves us with the impression that these modern days are worse than any other time.  Again, I serioulsy doubt that's true.

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