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Old 07-12-2019, 3:08 PM
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Default Ammos for dove hunting

Start to count the days until 09/01 now. Any recommendation for ammo? I used Winchester SuperX game & target (steel) #7. There were at least I saw feather flying in 5 birds but didn't bring the birds down.

I am thinking switch to #6. Anybody used Kent Steel Dove and any opinion on it or other recommendation?
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Old 07-12-2019, 3:17 PM
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I will be using #6 steel for here.
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Old 07-12-2019, 3:22 PM
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I have used Kent Steel Dove 12g and 20g the last two seasons and it does the job fine within 30-40 yards. Beyond that distance I had a few that stumbled but wouldn't fall. Could have been my shooting skills though, I need more practice at long range.
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I tried Kent #6 steel dove last year for dove and quail and thought it worked really well. Iíll use it again this year
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I use cheap walmart value boxes. Works as well as I do.

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Does most Walmart including those in bay area sell shotgun ammos?
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I don't go to walleyworld for steel ammo. Down here I have not seen it there.
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I’ve been shooting Federal #7 Steel, 1 1/8 load moving around 1200. Switched over to Fiocchi 1 oz, moving like 1375. I figure speed kills ducks, theory should work for dove too.
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I've been reading alot about using steel on Dove as this will be the first year I be using it. For the research I've been using and applying basic physics for metals basically the rule is use slightly larger faster moving shot for steel against dove. Along the lines of what HighWildFree stated, faster moving shot offers these advantages
1. reduces spread as compared to lead
2. improves how well the shot impacts the dove over lead
3. using #6 steel compared to #8 lead makes up for the difference in mass of the shot and the effect on birds.
So in my humble opinion based on the same research, practice with some #6 steel to learn the new pattern from YOUR shotgun. Use faster to reduce the spread. I just picked up some ( I forget what MFG) that was 1400 FPS. As compared to the 1250 I usually shoot with lead. I will let you know how it works out come Sept 1
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I've been reading alot about using steel on Dove as this will be the first year I be using it. For the research I've been using and applying basic physics for metals basically the rule is use slightly larger faster moving shot for steel against dove. Along the lines of what HighWildFree stated, faster moving shot offers these advantages
1. reduces spread as compared to lead
2. improves how well the shot impacts the dove over lead
3. using #6 steel compared to #8 lead makes up for the difference in mass of the shot and the effect on birds.
So in my humble opinion based on the same research, practice with some #6 steel to learn the new pattern from YOUR shotgun. Use faster to reduce the spread. I just picked up some ( I forget what MFG) that was 1400 FPS. As compared to the 1250 I usually shoot with lead. I will let you know how it works out come Sept 1
Steel will pattern tighter than lead, out of the same choke. For Dove or Quail, I like #6 steel out of IC over dogs, or LM.
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If I have to use steel on doves I really like Kent steel dove.
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Since i hunt DFW areas i had to use steel on everything for a number of years already.
on rabbits and doves Winchester Experts #6 does the job really well with IC Trulock extended choke. #7 not so well
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Do not waste your time with the #7s unless you are in 30y and even then less cripples in 30 yards with #6 at 1350FPS, 30-40 yards is when the #6 will start to shine over the #7s. Diminishing gains trying to push #7s faster. Pattern your gun. Those 1oz #6 expert shots have less pellet count than #7.5 1 1/8 lead. The higher FPS steel gets pushed more likely to get holes in pattern. I already reload steel for duck hunting so I was able to tweak heavier payloads of #6 1 1/4 oz steel to match pellet count of 1 1/8 #7.5 lead at much higher velocities. But this had to be accomplish with 3" shells. Lead is still better.
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