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Arizona Fusilier
September 10, 2009, 09:09 PM
This is my second year out for this, so I'm still trying to get my groove on.

.12, .20, something else? #6, 7.5, 8? Improved cylinder, modified, full? How about barrel length?

I'd like to hear from you; thanks ahead of time.

September 10, 2009, 09:23 PM
12 guage 7.5 or 8 Dove Loads in my 11-87 with the modified tube.

September 10, 2009, 09:26 PM
Rem 3200 with full/modified using 7/8 oz trap loads.

September 10, 2009, 09:44 PM
Salt and Pepper ;)

Fat White Boy
September 10, 2009, 11:02 PM
Wally World 100 rd pack- 1 1/8 oz of 7.5 shot in a Remington 1100 Improved Cylinder choke. In fact, I use the I/C choke for everything...
As far as cooking them- Put the breasts in Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce and add half a bottle of Frank's Red Hot...Mmmmmmmmmmm

September 10, 2009, 11:34 PM
Generally a shotgun of some kind.

Or, if they are a LONG way off, maybe the 7mag.


September 11, 2009, 01:12 AM
I wouldn't lose a lot of sleep over it.71/2's or 8's.

I used WinAA's,1 1/8 oz Supersport sporting clays ammo.Seemed to work.71/2s.

Have fun!I shoot a double,used skeet 1 and mod

September 11, 2009, 01:37 AM
I use the cheapest load I can find, usually a trap load. In a 20ga with a 28inch barrel with a modified choke. They are live clay pigeons to me, just readying me up for pheasant and quail season.

September 11, 2009, 04:52 AM
I use a 28 ga with 7 1/2 to 8 shot size. This combo works great for doves on up to pheasents for me.

September 11, 2009, 06:34 AM
7 1/2 or 8 is usually recommended on dove and pheasant. 8 is usually used on quail, for duck, 6 or 4 work well, and for geese 4 and 2 are usually used.

Art Eatman
September 11, 2009, 09:48 AM
7-1/2 or 8. 12 or 20, depending on personal preference. I used Improved Cylinder and AA, opening day. Seemed to work okay. Sorta depends on the type of shooting; tighter choke for longer ranges in pass shooting or I/C for shooting when at a stock tank or food source.

I have used very-full choke and high-brass 7-1/2 for really long shooting, pass-shooting on whitewing here at home. Gets sorta bothersome to the shoulder, though. :)

September 11, 2009, 05:27 PM
12ga low base 8's in a remington mod 11 Improved Cyl bore

September 11, 2009, 06:39 PM
12 ga 7.5 mod choke

September 11, 2009, 07:35 PM
I prefer a 28" barreled 20 ga. pump with 7/8 oz. #8 reloads (loaded to field load specs) and modified choke.

I've also done well with a 26" 11-87 12 ga. with 1 or 1 1/8 oz Remington dove promo loads #8 (or equivalent reloads) and IC choke.

I recently tried a Benelli M1 12 ga. with Winchester universal 1 1/8 oz #8 shot and mod. choke and did not shoot well at all. It might be all in my head but I started shooting much better when I switched back to the 20 ga.

September 11, 2009, 07:42 PM
Old Stevens SBS 12 Ga., 28" full & mod. w/#6.

Original cost= $25 at a swap meet. Working fine for 44 yrs.

September 11, 2009, 07:48 PM
I'll be different........... 28 gauge....over under......IC/M chokes........either 8 or 7-1/2, depending on what is in my 10 drawer chest of shells.......

roy reali
September 11, 2009, 11:49 PM
You guys are using scatterguns for doves?:D

Where is the challenge in that? What sporting chance do those poor little birds have with multiple projectiles launched at them?

September 11, 2009, 11:58 PM
Or, if they are a LONG way off, maybe the 7mag.

Pure %100 unadulterated awesomeness.

September 18, 2009, 10:43 PM
12ga, 8 dove shot, modified choke

September 19, 2009, 02:18 AM
We only use Scatterguns cause .22's are illegal:D

Old Grump
September 19, 2009, 12:37 PM
20 gauge and 7 1/2. Mr. Mossberg because I want to stay out of jail and rifle shooting game birds will get my guns and my hunting/fishing privileges taken away.

I did kill one with a sling shot once about 36 years ago. Never dreamed I would hit it. Made a fire and ate the evidence right then and there and burned the remains while my buddy and I sat back and laughed about the only time in my life I ever hit anything with my slingshot on purpose. That dove is still the only game I have ever gotten with my slingshot. Many rabbits and squirrels have gone home that night to tell about this doofus who couldn't hit a tree from 6' let alone a sitting animal at 20'. I still have 3 slingshots and I still can't hit a thing with them.

September 30, 2009, 11:16 AM
number 7 1/2 to 8 shot. Modified choke 28"

September 30, 2009, 05:14 PM
I use an over/under 12ga that is choked at IC and Modified. I use #8's cause I want all the shot I can get. I believe that 7 1/2 is a better choice though.

My daughter uses a 20ga mossy pump with an IC choke and #8's.

We are waiting on the second season because not many corn fields were combined here yet.

September 30, 2009, 09:42 PM
I prefer the larger #6 because it's a hit or miss scenario and I'm not trying to pick sand sized shot out of the meat. #6 in a full choke and long bbl. will also buy some extra range before they REALLY start weaving on an active field.

September 30, 2009, 09:54 PM
For doves, I prefer 1 oz loads of #7 1/2 shot in 20 gauge O/U with 26" barrels, mostly using IC and Mod chokes. Sometimes I use IC in both barrels when birds are flying close. Had more crippled birds with #8 shot than with #7 1/2 so discontinued using #8.

September 30, 2009, 09:54 PM
I use number 7 1/2 to 8 shot. Modified choke in a Remington Auto Model 1100 with a custom 24" barrel.

It swings fast.

roy reali
October 2, 2009, 06:09 AM
What is everybody using on dove?

Barbeque sauce usually does well!:D