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Vigilante
08-22-2006, 10:45 PM
I shoot a 20 gauge and have used 7 1/2s, 8s and even 9s in the past. It really seems to me like the 7 1/2s drop birds faster than the smaller shot sizes. In other words if I actually hit the bird it is more likely to go down with the 7 1/2s. It could just be the way I see things though. I just wanted to know what all of you guys prefered to shoot with.

mebejets
08-23-2006, 1:03 AM
i preffer to use #4 steel or #2 steel!!! it is good practice for the duck season and if you really decide to eat the little love birds you don't have to pick out so many pellets!!!!!!! in fact you can use a magnet to find them if you want. :eek:

stevie
08-23-2006, 6:14 AM
I like 71/2 shot, 7/8 oz payload for 20 guage.

Vigilante
08-23-2006, 5:36 PM
i preffer to use #4 steel or #2 steel!!! it is good practice for the duck season and if you really decide to eat the little love birds you don't have to pick out so many pellets!!!!!!
Is there ever anything left to eat?

Stevie, 7/8 ounce has always worked for me, but I prefer to get the ones loaded with 1 ounce. If I can ever find them that is.

sargenv
08-23-2006, 6:13 PM
Some people also opt to make up the range issue with the 20 and use an ounce of 6's. Not to mention the lower starting velocity on the one ounce load by going with heavier pellets (ie, it might be a bit slower, but think 45 acp with heavy slow bullets, more power). I've always used either 7/8 or an ounce of 7.5's in my 20 gauge 870 for Dove. If I were using steel shot, 3/4 ounce of 6's would be the equivalent of 8's powerband wise (2 shot sizes). They even sell high velocity (1300 fps) 7's for skeet that I might try and use for Dove either this or next year.

Vince