Shell and Shot­gun Choice

Modern Pioneer - - Grouse -

Ruffs aren’t ex­actly known for their tough­ness and abil­ity to sur­vive. That said, we owe them our best ef­forts to kill them quickly and ef­fi­ciently. For Oc­to­ber or Novem­ber hunts, I tend to use a light­weight over/ un­der 20-gauge shot­gun for a cou­ple of rea­sons. First, it’s not only eas­ier to tote around while bust­ing brush, but it also comes to my shoul­der quicker than my heav­ier, longer 12-gauge shot­gun. The split-se­cond dif­fer­ence might not seem like much, but it mat­ters. With that over/un­der, the first bar­rel is stuffed with #7 ½ shot and the se­cond with #6s. Get­ting plenty of pel­lets into the air is a good thing, and since the shots will be close, there isn’t as great a need to use heav­ier hit­ters like #4 shot.

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