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#1 Lohnes

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Posted 10 November 2020 - 07:58 PM

Wondering what everyone is using in their 20 ga. while running hounds? Which choke and what size shot?
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Posted 10 November 2020 - 09:00 PM

Ill be running #4 steel super x
It was all i could get at the time $68 for the party pack.
Im thinking itll be the new bunny hun
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Posted 11 November 2020 - 07:29 AM

Ill be running #4 steel super x
It was all i could get at the time $68 for the party pack.
Im thinking itll be the new bunny hun

Best pattern that stuff if your have not fired it out of your gun. Choke change as a min I would say

I think I would be using the 410 with lead smile.png vs that but to each their own

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 07:59 AM

Back when I was loading specifically for rabbits, I always preferred # 2 or # 4 ...I liked the bigger shot for rabbits. Similar for partridge too...#4...reasons,  less pellets to pick out of the meat, better penetration and lethality..gauge didn't matter either..12, 16 or 20 ga. 


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Posted 11 November 2020 - 08:02 AM

Back when I was loading specifically for rabbits, I always preferred # 2 or # 4 ...I liked the bigger shot for rabbits. Similar for partridge too...#4...reasons,  less pellets to pick out of the meat, better penetration and lethality..gauge didn't matter either..12, 16 or 20 ga. 

Yes I agree but it wasn't steel shot was it

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 08:45 AM

noooooo joe...I said back when...not last year wink.png


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Posted 11 November 2020 - 09:33 AM

Grouse of bunnies outta the 12, 16,or 20 or 410 was usually #4s or#5s , mostly hunted with old single shot Cooey or winchester in younger yrs , still do at times , if it's a choked gun Modified is what's usually in there .

Dad always said #6 was good , only ever used 7 1/2 for woodcock back in the day .
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Posted 11 November 2020 - 12:30 PM

Ill be running #4 steel super x
It was all i could get at the time $68 for the party pack.
Im thinking itll be the new bunny hun


20 ga. Shells seems to be scarce this year. Do you have a choke in yours or open ?
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Posted 11 November 2020 - 02:10 PM

Grouse of bunnies outta the 12, 16,or 20 or 410 was usually #4s or#5s , mostly hunted with old single shot Cooey or winchester in younger yrs , still do at times , if it's a choked gun Modified is what's usually in there .

Dad always said #6 was good , only ever used 7 1/2 for woodcock back in the day .

When I used my 410 30 years ago it was all 7.5 shot for everything.


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Posted 11 November 2020 - 03:39 PM

noooooo joe...I said back when...not last year wink.png

That is why it has to be patterned. No. 4 steel is a totally different animal than lead for POI and pattern and will require a choke change as a min

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 03:43 PM

Grouse of bunnies outta the 12, 16,or 20 or 410 was usually #4s or#5s , mostly hunted with old single shot Cooey or winchester in younger yrs , still do at times , if it's a choked gun Modified is what's usually in there .

Dad always said #6 was good , only ever used 7 1/2 for woodcock back in the day .

Agree with the exception of Full was the choke in 95% of most vintage fixed choked upland shotguns especially cooeys in which mod was very very rare

Thus these guns are  too tight for steel shot like he has

 Mod choke being the norm supplied choke as you say didnot start until the late 80's when tubes came out

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No idea what gun you have Tim but if full choke no. 4 steel cannot be safely fired out of it unless it has a  removable full choke tube marked for steel


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Posted 11 November 2020 - 06:07 PM

Im running mod choke and it was patterned Saturday before the hwwa shoot Sunday
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Posted 11 November 2020 - 06:56 PM

Im running mod choke and it was patterned Saturday before the hwwa shoot Sunday

Cool. Just didnot want anything to happen my friend

 Is it a choked tubed gun or fixed

 How was the pattern with the steel shot . Should be tight with a lead mod choke

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 11:08 PM

It patterns like a load of lead in a full choke.
Yes its choke tubes so i know to run mod or imp when shooting steel
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Posted 12 November 2020 - 06:26 AM

It patterns like a load of lead in a full choke.
Yes its choke tubes so i know to run mod or imp when shooting steel

Cool. Don't know why I thought you had a fixed choke vintage 20ga. Must be getting mixed up with the 410

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 08:38 AM

I still say the safest place for any bunny is in front of Tim's sights.  tongue.png tongue.png  


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Posted 12 November 2020 - 10:15 AM

Cool. Don't know why I thought you had a fixed choke vintage 20ga. Must be getting mixed up with the 410
Cheers


The 410 is a fixed full, Lakefield Mossberg 500. No way i could ever afford a nontoxic for it. A friend of mine reloads for it and did a box of #4 bithmus. It cost him $78 for half a cup of shot and his box of shells ate it up.
He did get a few ducks this year but it might have been cheaper to buy from sobeys.
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Posted 12 November 2020 - 10:20 AM

You CAN run full chokes with steel. In choke tube guns. Provided the full choke you get says it can be used with steel. Not all are labeled as safe for steel. Many chokes will also have a restriction on shot size and/or velocity.

Just curious, why go with steel shot for the bunnies?
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Posted 12 November 2020 - 10:46 AM

The 410 is a fixed full, Lakefield Mossberg 500. No way i could ever afford a nontoxic for it. A friend of mine reloads for it and did a box of #4 bithmus. It cost him $78 for half a cup of shot and his box of shells ate it up.
He did get a few ducks this year but it might have been cheaper to buy from sobeys.

Yes all forms of non tox are very expensive other than steel

I reloaded bismuth first in the 90's when it came out and even then for the 10ga it was like almost 2 bucks a round. Your duck comment sounds like my mrs when I would return from PEI with the $100.00 each geese she would say

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 10:54 AM

You CAN run full chokes with steel. In choke tube guns. Provided the full choke you get says it can be used with steel. Not all are labeled as safe for steel. Many chokes will also have a restriction on shot size and/or velocity.

Just curious, why go with steel shot for the bunnies?

Agree. Very important to make sure it is marked

Some tubes do this and split as a min after if not others can do worse pending shot size fired

Over no.2 steel can be real bad especially when one gets into BB or BBB

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