Pheasant load

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  1. jesflorida

    jesflorida Member

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    Wanted to try tungsten shot for pheasant tower shoots in Florida. Practical alternative to South Dakota, a 3 day drive away.

    Lab tested 7 different powder loads of 1 oz of #7 TSS15 in roll crimped Fiocchi hulls, CSD 078 wads, Long Shot powder.

    Single round velocity range was 1594 fps through 1664 fps. Selected load that tested at 1597 fps, 8710 psi for pattern test. Also have #8 TSS18 shot.

    Loaded 1 round with the #8 TSS18 shot. Set tripod at 58.5 yds from pattern board, as far as range layout permitted. Amazing pattern resulted in 47 of 271 pellets in 10” circle, 74% in 30” circle. Extrapolating vendor’s data suggests 1.5” penetration in ballistic gel at more than 100 yards.

    I recognize 1 round pattern testing is not ideal, but the TSS pellets are $2.91 per ounce and the Target Telemetrics pattern paper is $4.36 per paper.

    Recoil is stiff, trap load is 17 lbs free recoil, TSS load is 36 lbs free recoil.
     
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    Please don’t hunt pheasant with 7’s or 8’s more than likely you will just sting or cripple the bird. Kent makes a fast lead shell in 5’s 1425 fps or Fiocchi golden pheasant are the 2 best loads for hunting pheasant.
     
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    Why are you making things more difficult then they need to be? Just buy a box of Fiocchi Golden Pheasants and shoot the birds. You are shooting a bird not an Elephant. Your tower shots are mostly 30 yards or less. Anything you can put in the gun will work. I used some TSS in my 28 ga last year and it was great but that is in a 28ga where you can use a little extra. Using them in a 12 is fine if you just want to do it but seems like fuss for nothing.
     
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    Are you sure about that? A TSS #9 has more energy and penetration then a Lead #5.
     
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    He doesn't know what TSS is . I know what it is and you are free to do whatever you wish but for what you are doing its not as complicated as all this. Just buy a box of lead 4's and shoot the birds. If you are not allowed to shoot lead shoot steel#1's. I have killed quite a few Roosters with them when I was required to do so. If you want to shoot TSS then do so. I shoot a whole bunch and its just not cost effective for me unless I want to use my 28ga for waterfowl and even then I am better off to just shoot lead and pay the ticket as in my state that is still cheaper then using TSS and I haven't been checked in over 20 years.
     
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    Those nickel #6's work really well on Pheasants out of my 28 ga Citori Sporter in S Dakota .
    If nontox is required where you hunt I wouldn't go lighter than #2's in steel shot or smaller than #4's in ITX/Bismuth .
    Birds within 40 yds should be no problem but if have wild flushes , I'd back them up with some HTL #4's with 12 g/cc .
     

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