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Thread: Best lead shell for 12 ga. on wild pheasants

  1. #31
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    I shoot in both my LC Smith 12 and 16 guns... RST 2.5 paper hull 1oz load of #5 or #6. Like a hammer on birds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goosemaster View Post
    Yeah, but that stuff is SPENDY!!
    yeah, it costs more but I don't shoot as many shells when using it
    I just bought some more of the Hevi Bismuth to use shooting woodies
    next week

    I am excited to be able to use the old Winchester 20 gauge that was
    handed down to me with the Hevi Bismuth
    I will let you guys know how it does

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    I just got back. Shot all Kent this time. Fast lead 1 1/2 4s at 1420fps. IC and LM and Waterfowl Bismuth 3#s. Seemed to get the job done if I put it out in front. Very few cripples this time. A little on the heavy side but cheap. Leaving now next week. Not sure what to shoot.

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    I can't find that Kent fast lead anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
    I can't find that Kent fast lead anywhere.
    I get Fastlead from Cabelas near me.

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    After a lot of reading and research the answer is relatively clear and not a surprise. A shell with high antimony lead (increased hardness), and copper or nickel plated (less deformity and doesn't catch feathers), in the 1300 velocity +/- in 1 1/4 ounce is your best bet. Shot size 4,5, or 6 depending on point of time in the season, type of dog used, and average length of shot being made. Unfortunately lots of shells out there too fast, too heavy, too soft of pellets, or some combination of the three. Of course shot placement is the most important of all which goes without saying, but that wasn't the point of the original point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theuplandlife View Post
    I am becoming a huge fan of the Hevi-Bismuth.
    They hit hard and really reduce crippled birds
    I started using nontoxic shot for all my upland hunting several years ago. I use mostly steel shot.

    This season, I purchased several boxes of 16 gauge Hevi-Bismuth in #6 and #4 shot.

    I have shot several pheasants with it and the results have been very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Singer View Post
    I started using nontoxic shot for all my upland hunting several years ago. I use mostly steel shot.

    This season, I purchased several boxes of 16 gauge Hevi-Bismuth in #6 and #4 shot.

    I have shot several pheasants with it and the results have been very good.
    Nothing wrong with Steel so long as you use the correct shot and load size. Here is a lethality chart for non tox by the leading authority on shotgun ballistics Tom Roster.

    https://gf.nd.gov/hunting/nontoxic-shot-lethality


    steel #2 and HEVI-Shot #4 (.130") the best all-around performance for taking ring-necked pheasants
    Last edited by birdshooter; 12-17-2019 at 10:01 AM.

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