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#3321698 - 08/13/13 04:17 PM Dove loads
dmonty
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What is everyone's opinion on 12 ga Dove loads what shot size,type shells. brand? Just curious I have never been serious about Dove hunting and not very good at it,but want to do more this year and thought some expert advice might help.
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#3321870 - 08/13/13 07:06 PM Re: Dove loads [Re: dmonty]
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I dont buy the cheap crap at walmart. Hate seeing feathers go everywhere and the dove keep flying. Chaneylake could give u more specifics but i buy 7 1/2 shot 1 1/8 load with max powder.
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#3321897 - 08/13/13 07:32 PM Re: Dove loads [Re: muddyboots]
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I have killed hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of doves with the cheapest 7/8 to 1 1/8 ounce shells walmart has... 6 to 8 size shot will work fine... it doesnt take a lot to bring down a dove..

Edited by pressfit (08/13/13 07:33 PM)
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#3321988 - 08/13/13 08:30 PM Re: Dove loads [Re: pressfit]
rukiddin?
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I shoot AA's or rem STS target loads for early season. Rem gun club is a good shell also.
I have a really good field that is always prime right around Christmas. It has a huge power line that is pretty high. I use Rio 3 3/4 dram 1 1/4oz 8's for that field. Some will argue, but it really makes a difference on those high late season adult birds.
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#3322040 - 08/13/13 08:53 PM Re: Dove loads [Re: rukiddin?]
pressfit
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I have been having some shoulder issues.. one of the kids on our trap team brought a box of those rio's you mentioned..he was afraid to shoot one.. he is kinda slim built.. I grabbed his gun and said i'd shoot one to show him there was nothing to be afraid off.. i called for the bird... shot and it felt like some one hit me with a ball bat..lol.. that joker had some punch to it... but on the other hand... my shoulder pain went away shortly after my "adjustment"...
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#3322213 - 08/13/13 11:14 PM Re: Dove loads [Re: pressfit]
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I am partial to winchester AA's simply because that was what I shot while shooting competition skeet, I am a big recoil freak, i do not like recoil, i shoot the Win AA 1150-1200 fps skeet loads while dove hunting, the recoil is basically nil, with these light loads I can kill a dove at 50-60 yards, have been doing so for years

Federal shells is my second choice
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#3322218 - 08/13/13 11:17 PM Re: Dove loads [Re: muddyboots]
Chaneylake
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 Originally Posted By: muddyboots
I dont buy the cheap crap at walmart. Hate seeing feathers go everywhere and the dove keep flying. Chaneylake could give u more specifics but i buy 7 1/2 shot 1 1/8 load with max powder.


I but 7 1/2 shot 1 1/8 load with minimum powder. yet during the later seasons hunting I will kick it up a knotch
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#3322631 - 08/14/13 10:37 AM Re: Dove loads [Re: Chaneylake]
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I have hunted doves when it was so cold the action on my 1100 would hardly cycle.. but.. the doves were still coming into the feed and most shots were 30-40 yards.. just because its late season doesnt mean all the birds are going to be far off.. I cant really tell the difference between a dove hit with a 1150 fps load vs a 1300 fps load..
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#3322634 - 08/14/13 10:39 AM Re: Dove loads [Re: Chaneylake]
Wes Parrish
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 Originally Posted By: Chaneylake
. . . . i shoot the Win AA 1150-1200 fps skeet loads while dove hunting, the recoil is basically nil, with these light loads I can kill a dove at 50-60 yards, have been doing so for years

What size shot are u using?

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#3322836 - 08/14/13 01:46 PM Re: Dove loads [Re: Wes Parrish]
sfredneck23
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I have shot Estate, Rios, Federals, Remington Shur shots, Winchester AA, and Nobel sport. I always shoot 8 shot and either shoot 1oz or 1 1/8 oz loads. I cant tell a difference in them, if the birds are flying, all of them will kill em!
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