What ammo are you using for the 2013 dove opener?

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I've got some Federal Steel for Cibola NWR, it did pretty good last year. I bought a case and have a few boxes left. 7 1/2s.

For lead I'm not sure yet, I need to pull all the boxes off the gun shelf and out of the truck and see what's there. Mostly a hodge podge of Wal Mart and Yellow Mart boxes of Winchester, Remington and Federal. Mostly 7 1/2s with some 8s in there.
 



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W-W 16ga 2 1/2 -1 - 8 hand loads from the 70s Good luck Jesse.
 
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federal 3-1 1/8-7 1/2 fot the 12s, ww aa supersport 7 1/2 and federal 2 3/4-1-7 1/2 for the 20ga
 

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2 3/4" reloads loaded to 1 1/4 heavy field loads
 

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I'll be using my old reliable 12 ga reloads, 1 oz of 7-1/2's at about 1200 fps. I like the 7-1/2's especially for the euros, they dump them pretty well.
 

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There are so many more Euros than Mournings here that I switched to 6's. I'm tired of hitting Euros with 7.5's and watching them fly a mile before dropping.
 

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Reloads. 1 oz 7.5 oz @ 1300 fps

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Question for you reloaders. Why do my reloads have trouble cycling through my Benelli semi auto? Also I have "Estate 1oz #8 1290fps", "Federal Ultra 1 1/8oz #8 1255fps" and "Winchester 1oz #7 1/2 1350fps" Which is best, more shot, larger shot or more speed?
 

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more shot in the pattern always helps, i like 1 1/8 7 1/2
 

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I like a 12 ga. 7 1/2 shot size for most dove/quail applications. That being said, I'll shoot 6 shot out of the 20 ga. mod. barrel of the muzzle loader as it seems to perform a little better.
 

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12ga 7/8 oz 7 1/2 1325 fps. Dropped Eurasians out to 50 yards last year.
Premier hull, Nobel primer, 20 grains Intl powder, Claybuster AA12L wad, 7/8 oz 7 1/2 mag shot.
 

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Question for you reloaders. Why do my reloads have trouble cycling through my Benelli semi auto? Also I have "Estate 1oz #8 1290fps", "Federal Ultra 1 1/8oz #8 1255fps" and "Winchester 1oz #7 1/2 1350fps" Which is best, more shot, larger shot or more speed?
Let me answer the which which load is better. The answer is the one you like the best. They all work for doves, but I would look at what patterns the best, the perceived recoil of each load, and how easily is it to buy more of it.

For your reload question. Do you resize the brass of the reloads? What is the load data of the reloads? Have you tried using different powder that maintains the FPS, but increases the pressure?
 

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This is my last comment on this issue, promise. When I am shooting ammo that I believe is the best combo of choke, gun, and shell it makes it a lot tougher for me to blame the ammo for poor shooting. This shortens the learning curve to understanding why I might not be shooting well. The ammo I use is probably not the best, but if I think it is the best I will shoot better. Buy a box of each, shoot a few test patterns and some clays and see what you think is best. Successful hunting is like a lot of things 80% preparation. On the Benelli cycling issue take a look at Wolff Springs, we have one on order for my son's SBE. I have read that gun maintenance is critical in having the inertia drive system work properly when cycling light loads. I keep my SBE real clean, my son not so much. Guest which one has the cycling problems. I normally take a piece of cloth when cleaning and compress the inertia spring in the stock and swab it out a couple of times, then use a light oil like tri flow and compress the spring a few more times. I also use a little tri flow on the bolt rails. This might be worth a try. I know that I have recently shot, 3 boxes of that Winchester load you listed and it shot fine out of my SBE.
 
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Benelli issue, my friend's ultralight will not cycle my 24gm Intl skeet loads at 1325 fps. These are 30-50 pellets (8 or 9's) shy of 7/8. Medium fast to fast burning powders like American Select and International will not provide the pressure build up. Slower burning powders and a full 7/8 oz of shot solved the problem.
 

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Hell i might break out the good stuff this opener, time to party :smiley_chain_gun_an
 

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As long as it drops the birds, i found this old stock in my dads old ammo box the J C higgins are paper hulls should work fine with the vintage 16 ga. Good luck Captain.
 

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