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Offline h20hunter

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20 g grouse loads?
« on: September 03, 2019, 10:51:41 AM »
Been awhile since I bought shells....looking for suggestions for grouse, 20g over under. Thanks.

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Re: 20 g grouse loads?
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2019, 10:54:04 AM »
I like #6s myself in my 20.

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Re: 20 g grouse loads?
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2019, 10:55:58 AM »
1 ounce load of lead #6 shot will pretty much cover it all. If just ruffed grouse, 7 1/2's are good. Or, for blue grouse and longer range shots you could go with 1 1/8 ounce of 5's.

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Re: 20 g grouse loads?
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2019, 10:58:09 AM »
This will be for my bonus hunting up in BC during my moose hunt. I think I'm aloud like 14 a day!!!!

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Re: 20 g grouse loads?
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2019, 10:59:38 AM »
I like high base 7 1/2 shot for grouse. 
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Re: 20 g grouse loads?
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2019, 10:59:55 AM »
I think in that case I'd go with lighter loads, like 7/8 ounce of #7 1/2 shot.

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Re: 20 g grouse loads?
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2019, 11:26:51 AM »
Shotguns legal in Canada now?    I couldn’t even take shells in a few years ago.

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Re: 20 g grouse loads?
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2019, 11:39:08 AM »
Grouse are not hard to kill, i used to by the 100 rnd boxes of 7.5s from walmart for real cheap and they killed them just fine..
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Re: 20 g grouse loads?
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2019, 05:31:30 PM »
6 or 7 1/2 will work just fine.  Grouse can't tell the difference.
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Re: 20 g grouse loads?
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2019, 06:54:37 PM »
We brought up a 410 single shot when we went up to BC and it was great. Those grouse stand there and look at you funny. I bet you could seriously scoop them up with a trout net if you tries. I'd just bring some 7.5 shot.

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Re: 20 g grouse loads?
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2019, 08:09:00 PM »
1 ounce load of lead #6 shot will pretty much cover it all. If just ruffed grouse, 7 1/2's are good. Or, for blue grouse and longer range shots you could go with 1 1/8 ounce of 5's.

I couldn't have said it better than this.

1oz of 6 is my go to load 90% of the time.
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Re: 20 g grouse loads?
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2019, 08:56:53 PM »
Grouse are not hard to kill, i used to by the 100 rnd boxes of 7.5s from walmart for real cheap and they killed them just fine..
Yep 7 1/2 from Walmart, they work great and cheap. If you are shooting any distance over 40 yards you may want to tighten up on your chokes. I use IC for most of my close hunting then add a MOD for the longer shot if necessary. IC will kill a bird at 40+ if you are on, clay targets at 45 are no problem for me.  :twocents:
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Re: 20 g grouse loads?
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2019, 09:26:38 PM »
Most of your grouse will be shot at 20 yards or less.  # 7.5 1oz with improved cylinder choke or modified choke is all you need. # 6's are overkill and will destroy more meat unless hunting blues. Hunted for years with a 20 gauge or a .410 with #7.5's unless hunting blue grouse. I used #6's on the blues.  If forced to use a 12 ga, use 2 3/4", 1 oz, #8 shot for ruffed grouse or spruce grouse. Never liked shooting grouse with a 12 ga. no matter what shot size I used.

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Re: 20 g grouse loads?
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2019, 10:27:22 PM »
Shotguns legal in Canada now?    I couldn’t even take shells in a few years ago.

I have waterfowl hunted in Canada since 1991 and have never had trouble taking my shotguns and ammo?? And 7/8 or 1 ounce #6 or 7 1/2  shot should cover any situation you run into up there.

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Re: 20 g grouse loads?
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2019, 03:08:08 PM »
Grouse are not hard to kill,
Tell that to the Grouse I hit this weekend,  center punched him @ 20yrds with 2 .22HP . He still flew away . Now I'm looking for a 20 G :chuckle:
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