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Just wondering what gauge the fellow pheasant hunters use?
My two pheasant guns are 12 gauge semi and a
20 gauge O/U. It's a hard one for me every morning i go hunting but most of the time i go with the 20.
 

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I use a 20 gauge Remington Pump. I will be taking out the 12 gauge Winchester model 12 when I get it back from the gunsmith. Hasn't been shot in close to 30 years. I know guys that have hunted them with a 28 gauge. Once I join a club with my dog I am going to ask my cousin if I can try his double barrel 16 gauge.
 

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Any double SXS or OU in 12 or 20 guage is ideal for upland hunting. One barrel choked full the other choked modified or improved/ modified. This way you can adjust to different range shots.

If I ever start pheasant hunting again I want to get a SXS 20. I just think a SXS is cooler than a OU...personal preference.
 

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I've used .410, 20 and 12. Depends on where your'e hunting. Wide open fields 12 ga., combo woods and fields,20 ga., and for the realy thick stuff wher you can't see a fast ligh fast swinging .410 is tops. This way there's something left after a 15- 20yd shot.
 

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Any ideas what club?
Possibly Allendale Rod and Gun Club or J&G Preserve in Hackettstown.
 

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This way there's something left after a 15- 20yd shot.
i went out yesterday and had the 12 Gauge. I hit a bird about 15 to 20 yards away and when i cleaned it the side that i hit was gone. Just alittle strip of the breast left. It may not help that when i bought my shells the only size shot they had was #4
 

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size shot they had was #4
A little over kill wouldn't you think.

My cousin hit a chukar with a #4 a few years ago. It was already field dressed before it hit the ground.
 

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I would go buy somemore shells.
 

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Merkel SxS 16 ga. with #4 shot. Preferred and used most of the time.
I do switch to the Fox 12 ga. or the Winchester 101 20 ga. once in a while. For the most part though, the 16 gets the call.

It's not really the shot size that is the concern, what LOAD are you using? High brass, high br [no swearing please] magnums, low brass, target loads, field loads? Match the shell to the job being done.
When I use my 12 ga. I try to use Winchester Heavy Game Load. It's a low br [no swearing please] shell with a little more shot. Over the dogs it works fine.
Also, 10 yards is a bit close to be shooting the bird. Especially if you're using high br [no swearing please] ammo. WOW.
 
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