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20 guage, what load for grouse
« on: September 01, 2009, 02:30:41 PM »
I am not much of a bird hunter, and if I am hunting them, its usually with a 100 grain judo.

I got a single shot break barrel 20 guage the other day for grouse, I wanna head out tomorrow for a walk...

what loads do you guys use for the grouse.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: 20 guage, what load for grouse
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2009, 02:31:30 PM »
4 steel works good for grouse in the 20 :dunno:
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Re: 20 guage, what load for grouse
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2009, 02:37:07 PM »
6 shot in lead has worked well for me

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Re: 20 guage, what load for grouse
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2009, 02:40:02 PM »
6 shot in lead has worked well for me

nickle plated lead #6's is my favorite stuff for birds..hits like a hammer.
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Re: 20 guage, what load for grouse
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2009, 02:43:22 PM »
Roger guys, thanks.
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Re: 20 guage, what load for grouse
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2009, 03:25:02 PM »
Basically any pheasant load.
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Re: 20 guage, what load for grouse
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2009, 04:21:59 PM »
An ounce of lead 6's.

7 1/2's will work too if your shots aren't too far, especially if your only hunting ruffed grouse and not blues.

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Re: 20 guage, what load for grouse
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2009, 05:54:34 PM »
thanks all. I bought two boxes of 6, that should keep me going for a bit.
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Re: 20 guage, what load for grouse
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2009, 05:55:53 PM »
I use 6 or 7 1/2

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Re: 20 guage, what load for grouse
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2009, 06:01:37 PM »
I am going to be using 3in #4 steel for my 20 gauge.  Was very difficult to find in Washington, most of the shelves are bare of the steel shot in 3in shells.  I dug for 30 minutes and found 3 boxes of Federal Premium and 1 box of Winchester Xpert.

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Re: 20 guage, what load for grouse
« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2009, 06:03:18 PM »
1 ounce of #6 with max dram is my all time favorite grouse load.
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Re: 20 guage, what load for grouse
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2009, 10:28:27 AM »
I've never tried the nickel plated.  Is it easy to find in the stores?

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Re: 20 guage, what load for grouse
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2009, 02:12:43 PM »
Most of the American nickel or copper plated isn't really going to make any difference in the field.  It is washed, not plated as I understand it.  The bigger question is the softness of the lead.  In most cases you get what you pay for.  $10 box better than $4 promos.  With grouse there is a deminishing return though.  Any 6's should do fine.

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Re: 20 guage, what load for grouse
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2009, 03:02:20 PM »
just about any 20 gauge load will work just fine.
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Re: 20 guage, what load for grouse
« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2009, 06:09:49 AM »
I want to try a .410 for grouse.
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Re: 20 guage, what load for grouse
« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2009, 07:18:22 AM »
if you can get the buggers to sit still i bet it'd work great!

i'm sure that every one i see when i have my shotgun will just sit there on the ground and stare at me, but if i bring my .22 they'll all flush! :P
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