I've used high brass #6's with some degree of sucess in my 20. I carry an ol' full choked single shot H&R with me at all times (my behind the seat, truck gun) when I'm out bouncing around on the farm. I've always tried to keep the shots within 30 yds. when using a 20. I'd like to try the new hevi-shot in 7 1/2 shot on turkeys. I used the 7 1/2 's last year to finish off crippled geese on the water with head shots. performance was outstanding. jus' my .02 for what it's worth..
I would use 5 or 6 for Turkey ,definately #6 for Pheasant. The bigger pellets travel further and hit harder, but the drawback is that there are less of them in a shell. Just about anything you have in your gun will work for grouse, but once again the heavier shot has a little more rech out and touch, If you are fairly close to a grouse, within 20 yds, aim just a hair over the head, rather than centered on the bird, so you dont ruin the breasts. A Turkey..center on the head, but try to get him to Gobble...they throw their head and neck straight out when they do, and a shot in the neck is almost as good as a shot in the head. Hence..the saying,'thats what you get for sticking your neck out'.
I dont think smaller than 6 is legal in oregon, for good
for good reason....#6 would be the smallest shot I would ever use, unless Turkeys are some kind of miniature breed that I havent heard about. # 6 is borderline for Turkeys. Frankly....myself, I think anyone who recomends 7&1/2 shot for Turkey hunting, has never gone Turkey hunting and dosent have a clue anymore what stories they have told are lies or truth. Sorry about the strong opinion, I dont beleive in injuring game so that it will just run off and die to feed coyotes. There is a difference between hunting and irresponsible killing.
They hang out in a small orchard, the old lady that owns the orchard and the other old lady that live next door hate the birds. They are very predictable, King Tut is over there strutting evry day in the open part of the feild between the two orchard blocks. I can stop and watch their antics with my binoculars, in fact...this morning I am going to take my gobble call and see how they reply. I have two Toms in my yard and they really respond to it. I havent really ever used it for hunting, but I might this year. I use the same little 6" Carlton friction box every year, and it has always worked for me, I can do fairly good with a mouth call, but if I am 30 yds from a bird in a tree, I really trust that box to bring him down right in front of me. Just a few soft clucks and leave it alone. I have also been thinking of trying some of the other sounds (not everybody knows about these) When Toms are strutting, they make a spitting sound followed by rattling thier feathers....it almost sounds sonic. I can do the spitting sound, but the rattle is tricky, I can almost get it right with my mouth. I had an idea to try and imitate it....remember the old child game with a button on a string? You twirl the button between your hands, and then pull the string tight at the ends, and it goes B-r-r-r-r-r-.
These sounds are very quiet, you have to be close to a Turkey to hear them, but I have been amazed at what they hear, I have been 50m yds away and just try to open a pocket to get my mask and they gobble. I am sure they hear better than we do.
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