Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by chas08, Jul 24, 2008.
But I don't take long shots...."
That the secret to working with Cylinder in 12 gauges, indeed with any gauge.
I've used riot barreled 870s in situations where doves came in to 20 yards or so. Worked well. No history of 410 use.
Mossberg 500CG 20ga. 28in ventrib/C-lect choke
I received it for Christmas 1973 or 1974. My brother who was 1 1/2 yrs older than I, got one also, although mine had 1" sawed off the butt. Santa Claus brought them, but I knew they were from Dad because both guns were used
It's the shotgun I learned to shoot dove with along the Colorado River, in southwest Arizona. I used to be good with it. Back then we considered 15 birds per box of shells good.
Im in Oklahoma now, I'll be lucky to see 15 birds opening day, but I'm gonna take the little bird killer out. The 870 can sit for awhile...........
It's not as fast as my 12ga 870 WM but it's been a good gun for me.
As for range, we all need to learn just what a real 40 yards looks like.
You start with any one of those shotguns you've mentioned and get about four - six birds per person
Fillet the meat from the breast bone.
Season the meat with a libral amount of McCormicks Montreal Steak seasoning.
Wrap each breast fillet with 1/4 slice of your favorite bacon. (I like pepper bacon)
Skewer the pieces with a piece of onion on one side and a piece of bellpepper or jalapeno on the other side. Be sure they are both pushed up against the meat.
Cook fast on the grill basting at least once on each side with olive oil till the bacon is done and the dove is about medium - medium well.
"Be Careful" they're so good you can hurt yourself. This recipie works really good on Duck, Goose, and Sandhill Crane also......Enjoy
DM, youre absolutely right about the 40yds/.410 for dove. (Of course you are an expert!)
When I hunted dove as a kid with my little mossberg, the secret was listening to the little voice in my head telling me to wait.....wait....wait.......NOW!!!
My Remington® (Baikal®) 20ga SxS; 6¼lbs, 26" bls choked IC & MOD loaded w/ 2½ DR. EQ. - ⅞oz - #8 shot. Alternate gun for when they are flying high is my 16ga Ithaca® SxS; 6½lbs, 28" bls choked MOD & FULL loaded w/ 2½ DR. EQ. - 1oz - #7½ shot.
ch1966 "That's what I'm talkin' about" a great way to cook those dark meated birds.
I see the 410 has become a large part of the latest replies. I once owned a Stoeger import SxS 410 choked Full/Full. It was abolutely deadly at 30 yds. It fit me well right out of the box. I lost it in the flood of 1998 and I've never replaced it. I shoot in the high 50 percentile on dove if the gun fits well, and it doesn't seem to matter what gauge I use, my percentages stay the same. No, I don't want to be any better, the fun would end too soon. I got a kick out of taking a limit with that 410 with less than a box of shells, while my hunting buddies pounded away with their 12's and 20's. My little Baikal 28ga. SxS comes close to replacing it. Perhaps someday I will.
Favorite Dove Hunting Gun
I Dove Hunt Mostly In Eastern North Carolina Over Corn Or Sunflowers
Enjoy Shooting My Stoeger Condor O/U 16 Ga . The Ammo Is A Bit Pricey
But Still Alot Of Fun .
Depending on range, 14 gram or 21 gram of 6.5 hard shot, for bigger prey and longer range, 24 gram and occasionally 28 gram of hard No6's.
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