View Full Version : 16GA.-What shotshell for pheasant?

January 14, 2009, 07:36 PM
Hello all.Wondering what is best brand, lead shotsize, high or low brass to use on pheasant out of 16ga. over-under with modified and full choke barrels. Thanks for your responses.

January 14, 2009, 08:57 PM
I haven't loaded any 16's in a while but I like 1 1/8 oz. #5. Sorry don't remember the powder or wad. fed. hulls. easy to tell they're 16 purple.

January 14, 2009, 10:57 PM
All 16 gauge husks are purple.

Shortwave, I'm curious what O/U 16 are you shooting?

January 15, 2009, 12:11 AM
An el-cheapo:D. Marlin, Mod.-90

January 15, 2009, 03:58 AM
My brother told me there is a shooting forum with a bunch of members totally dedicated to enjoying the 16 ga.
Do a little searching,I bet you will find them.

January 15, 2009, 09:46 AM
Yep, here you go.


January 15, 2009, 09:47 AM
I have always used 5 shot or 6 shot

January 15, 2009, 11:56 AM
I've always used #6 for pheasant. Not sure if high or low brass makes a difference any more.

January 15, 2009, 02:47 PM
In that old model 90 you will want to use what does not hurt the barrels - i.e. low brass. Also, #6 is way plenty for shot size - even for those spooky late season buck ringnecks.

January 15, 2009, 03:08 PM
I've always used #6 with good results. Whatever brand was cheapest.

Let's look at some interesting data.

12ga, 2 3.4" shell, #6 shot, 1 oz at ~1250fps
16ga, 2 3/4" shell, #6 shot, 1 oz at ~1250fps
20ga, 2 3.4" shell, #6 shot, 1 oz at ~1250fps
12ga shot string = ::::::::::::
16ga shot string = ::::::::::::::::
20ga shot string = ::::::::::::::::::::

Very simplified, but something to keep in mind.


January 15, 2009, 05:24 PM
All 16 gauge husks are purple. Really?? Then I must have not been shooting a 16 ga all those years like I thought I was. No, all Federal 16 ga shells are purple. But Winchesters are red, Remingtons are green, S&B are yellow, Fiocchi are blue . . .

January 15, 2009, 05:57 PM
Thanks guys for your response`s. I`ll use low brass #6`S and visit the 16ga. website. I was shooting some Fed. 7 1/2 low brass last week and couldn`t hit the side of an airplane. Switched to Rem. 7`s and didn`t miss a bird.:confused:. Going again in a couple weeks and I`ll try Rem 6`s. Thanks Again!

.41 rem mag fan
January 17, 2009, 06:32 PM
12ga shot string = ::::::::::::
16ga shot string = ::::::::::::::::
20ga shot string = ::::::::::::::::::::

What does this mean?:confused:

January 17, 2009, 08:39 PM
Here is a little food for thought.Was a time the only scattergun I owned was a Win 97 Riot gun.So,when I was invited to pheasant hunt,I used it.It was a cylinder bore.I figured I just did not have a tool for long shots,so I was less concerned about pellet energy at long range,and more concerned about pattern density at modest ranges.I bought heavy 1 1/4 oz loads of 7 1/2 and was happy with the results.

These days,I use a 12 Berreta O/U and I can change tubes.Most of the time,I use 1 1/4 to 1 3/8 oz of 5's on pheasants( Skeet 1 and mod,usually)

If you are tightening up a small,dense pattern,and shoot precisely,5's will probably give you best distance.If you are shooting skeet or improved cylinder,get them a little closer with 6's.If they are holding point and you get to flush them, Skeet or IC and 7 1/2's works.
Balance choke,pattern density vs pellet energy,and range.(And,what your shotgun will pattern)

Fat White Boy
January 17, 2009, 09:46 PM
I have a Winchester Model 1897 in 16 gauge with a full choke. I have taken Geese and quail with it. I don't use it much these days in favor of my Remington 1100 but it still works just fine...

January 19, 2009, 04:26 PM
Went to the 16ga. website HiBC and Waterengineer refered me to. These folks are dedicated 16ga. warriors. If you want to know about that ga. you`ll find it there. Thanks guys. P.S. TFL is still best all around gun site around:D. Don`t want to get TFL staff upset;).

January 19, 2009, 05:05 PM
The first new gun I ever bought was a Stevens Model 77E... 16 gauge pump. (I still have it today).

I generally use 7-1/2 shot for all small game. I don't use the lo-brass shells cause they won't eject... get stuck in the barrel.

January 20, 2009, 02:37 AM
For Pheasant, use #6. For dove and quail 7 1/2.