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Old January 12, 2008, 11:32 AM   #1
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What 12 guage load works well for quail?
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Old January 12, 2008, 12:17 PM   #2
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I would think any light (1 or 7/8 oz) load with #7 1/2 or 8 shot.

I've used Rem Heavy Dove loads in 20 ga with pretty good success on ruffies.
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Old January 12, 2008, 12:17 PM   #3
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I usually use a field load with #7.5 or #8 shot.
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Old January 12, 2008, 01:38 PM   #4
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I typically use 1 1/8 oz of 7 1/2 shot, but 1 oz loads also work well. I prefer 7 1/2 shot over 8 for longer shots if presented, but it's a personal thing.
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Old January 12, 2008, 02:17 PM   #5
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#8

But some well stocks shops will have shot shells with the bird's name on it. ie Quail shot, Goose shot, Duck shot etc.
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Old January 15, 2008, 10:17 PM   #6
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Where are you hunting? And for which Species? My personal preferences:

1. California or Valley Quail- #7 1/2
2. Gambel's or Desert Quail- #6. Hunting these guys, you may encounter some open country and they will flush a little further out than Valley Quail.
3. Mountain Quail- #4- They are a little bigger than the others and having to take 50 or 60 yard shots isn't that unusual. Plus, the heavier shot will break bones at that range.
4. Mearn's Quail- #7 1/2. Don't forget the dogs! These guys will let you step on them before they flush.
5. Blue or Scaled Quail- # 6 for me. They are tough little buggers and run like antelope...
6. Bobwhite Quail. Can they really be called quail? They don't have any headgear...
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Old January 15, 2008, 11:17 PM   #7
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Blues are fun little critters. I call 'em "run-run birds".

I've used high-brass 7-1/2 to good effect. Lots of shots at 40 yards and even more.
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Old January 16, 2008, 11:23 PM   #8
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Art- Have to agree- High Base 7 1/2's are an excellent choice. My best shot on a Gambel's Quail was 53 yards with hi base 7 1/2's
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