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.20 gauge 2 3/4 "magnum" #4 shot.

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by AndyinEverson, May 18, 2016.

  1. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Everson, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    So all my grouse hunting needs are met by .20 gauge 2 3/4 #7 1/2 or #6 shot.
    However ... I was given two boxes of .20 gauge 2 3/4 magnum #4 shot.
    Does anyone hunt with this load and what do you hunt with it?
    Thanks,
    Andy
     
  2. ageingstudent

    ageingstudent NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    #4 lead is a little stout for grouse. Long range pheasant or chukar on open country maybe. Jack rabbits. I shot grouse at close range with some #4 20ga once and it took it's head clean off lol.
     
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  3. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Everson, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    Thanks ageingstudent , I figured it was a bit much for grouse.
    Andy
     
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  4. tarster

    tarster Albany Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I use that for pheasant hunting and it will make them fold real well when you connect, I body shot a rabbit and it was almost inedible.. it pulverized the little guy, I would say it would be quite a bit to stout for grouse. Home defense it wouldn't be bad :)
     
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  5. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Sub Light Speed Well-Known Member

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    #4 is kind of odd for most bird hunting, Even as a duck load, it is under powered, while over powered for most else. Keep it for a defense load! I have the same problem with 16 gau. unless I don't care about demolishing something like rodents.
     
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  6. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Everson, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    MMMmmm... I hadn't thought of it as defense load.
    Might fun to try out on some melons or the like ....
    Thanks tarster and Uri-Ki.
    Andy
     
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