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    Iím sure this has been discussed numerous times but what has everyone had luck with for 20 gauge nontoxic loads for pheasant? Iíve bought a couple different brands but they donít pattern well. Trying to figure out what brand Iím going to buy for my trip to South Dakota this year. Thank you!

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    Kent Bismuth 5 ‘s have been a good performer and tested well on the pattern board for me ; Heavy Metal 3’s one ounce in 3inch solid performer as well #3 Winchester Drylock

    Price no object #6 Hevi-shot original 12 gram one ounce of that stuff pure poison on ducks and pheasant in a 2 3/4inch load .

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    Quote Originally Posted by KSBrittman View Post
    Kent Bismuth 5 Ďs have been a good performer and tested well on the pattern board for me ; Heavy Metal 3ís one ounce in 3inch solid performer as well #3 Winchester Drylock

    Price no object #6 Hevi-shot original 12 gram one ounce of that stuff pure poison on ducks and pheasant in a 2 3/4inch load .
    While I prefer abject overkill, flinging an entire ounce of bismuth 5's (Kent) via 16 gauge, killing roosters way harder than I should, my buddy LOVES the Hevi 6's in his tiny 20. They kill birds hard from his S&W SxS.
    "Most pheasants in South Dakota don't react too well to #5s." -The Hunt for Red Rooster

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    I have been using Federal Heavyweight 7s 2 3/4s in my 20 with some success. They are really soft shooters. They’re tight tho; been using IC bottom and Skeet 2 on the top. Bad thing is they break the bank when you miss. They will allow a 20ga to really reach out, tho.

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    Iím still working through Remingtonís HD loads 20ga 3 inch 1 1/4oz

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    1 oz steel 3's, kills pheasants, ducks and snow geese. I friend kills 80+ Canada geese with 1 oz 20 gauge steel #2s.
    "It takes birds to make a bird dog"

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    I would like to try out the Kent Bismuth this year, torn between weather to shoot 5's or 6's though in my 20 GA

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1100 Remington Man View Post
    Iím still working through Remingtonís HD loads 20ga 3 inch 1 1/4oz
    Ditto, I wish Remington would do a special run. I swap out for lead when allowed to preserve my remaining 6 boxes. Working on developing handloads of ITX-13.

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    I really like shooting prairie storm 3" #3's or the new Hexi-X tungsten #3's in my A400 20ga both will kill birds out to 45-50yds

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    I can't afford those expensive loads, because I shoot too much, but if I buy steel, I try to get Remington in bb, or 2. They sell for around 13.

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