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CHOKES AND SHOT FOR GROUSE
Last Post 11 Sep 2009 09:32 PM by Bob. 17 Replies.
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BobUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:550 Bob
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30 Aug 2009 12:22 PM

    I am wondering what do you grouse experts use for Ruff and Blue grouse. Chokes and Shot sizes.? We are only 2 days away from the opening here and I rippen to go......Bob

    My Dog And I Are A Team. We Practice Every Day. I Always Trust Tony, He Knows More Than I do.
    msuhunterUser is Offline Pheasant Egg Pheasant Egg Send Private Message Posts:1 msuhunter
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    30 Aug 2009 08:39 PM
    While I have never seen or shot a blue grouse I have shot several hundred ruffed grouse. Early in the season when cover is thick I use light 8's, as the season progresses I switch to 7 1/2's and even 6's. As far as choke I use cylinder ( or no choke) it gives me the best chance at any bird up to 30yds. I would rather hit more grouse at 30yds and under then a few over 30yds.
    HillbillyUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:706 Hillbilly
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    31 Aug 2009 08:41 AM
    I shoot the same shot sizes for the most part as msuhunter for Ruffed Grouse. But for chokes I shoot Improved Cylinder under Modified shoot the same chokes on Blue Grouse but bump up the shot size to 6's. What do you use Bob? I have switched chokes on Blues to Mod/Full but very rarely.
    Life's Short Play Hard
    BobUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:550 Bob
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    31 Aug 2009 01:34 PM
    Right now I have both barrel with improved cylinder. for shells I am going with a 7 shot first and a 7.5 second. I want the bigger pattern for a little further away. After tomorrow I hope to be able to tell how that works.....Bob
    My Dog And I Are A Team. We Practice Every Day. I Always Trust Tony, He Knows More Than I do.
    HillbillyUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:706 Hillbilly
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    31 Aug 2009 04:36 PM
    I will be glade to hear how it works. When I used to reload I shot 7's on everything. After the 1st of the year I'm getting back into reloading. Good Luck tomorrow to you and Tony, Bob
    Life's Short Play Hard
    BobUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:550 Bob
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    31 Aug 2009 05:10 PM
    Hillbilly, Larry Brown the Outdoor Writer turned me onto the 7 shot. He said the stuff was deadly in a 28 gauge. Which it is, I liked it so much I am now loading it for my 20 gauge in a 1220FPS 1 ounce of shot load. I used it some last season before I went down. Len my son was so impressed with the results he was seeing. He has some loaded for his 28 and 20 for this season.......Bob
    My Dog And I Are A Team. We Practice Every Day. I Always Trust Tony, He Knows More Than I do.
    Tarheel BlueUser is Offline Happy Puppy Happy Puppy Send Private Message Posts:105 Tarheel Blue
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    02 Sep 2009 06:47 PM

    Bob, you get that Trulock choke you ordered yet? How's it pattern? You been bustin' them thar grouse the past couple of days?

    TB

    "I am a Soldier, I fight where I am told and I win where I fight." - General George S. Patton
    BobUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:550 Bob
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    02 Sep 2009 09:27 PM
    TB Yes, I did get that choke from Trulock. I have not tried it as yet it is not really what I like for trap. I was just going to wait Upland birds to open Oct 3. I was going to try it then. I have not really been busting any grouse yet I'm wanting it to cool down more before I go. Tomorrow may be cool enough to get some grouse hunting in.......Bob
    My Dog And I Are A Team. We Practice Every Day. I Always Trust Tony, He Knows More Than I do.
    BobUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:550 Bob
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    03 Sep 2009 01:39 PM
    As I was getting things ready last night. I decided to check my chokes in the 28 gauge. I discovered I had both Improved Mods. in both barrels. Boy would I have been over choked. I changed to Skeet and Improved Cylinder I at least stand a chance with them........Bob
    My Dog And I Are A Team. We Practice Every Day. I Always Trust Tony, He Knows More Than I do.
    HillbillyUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:706 Hillbilly
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    03 Sep 2009 09:13 PM
    I got 2 more today nothing last night . Shooting improved and modified. 1oz 7 1/2's
    Life's Short Play Hard
    Tarheel BlueUser is Offline Happy Puppy Happy Puppy Send Private Message Posts:105 Tarheel Blue
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    04 Sep 2009 10:51 AM

    Photos....we need photos as PROOF!!!!!!

    TB

    "I am a Soldier, I fight where I am told and I win where I fight." - General George S. Patton
    HillbillyUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:706 Hillbilly
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    04 Sep 2009 11:04 AM

    I got photo's but need the wife to set it up for me by then I'll have more not going out til this after noon my brother in laws coming.

    Life's Short Play Hard
    HillbillyUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:706 Hillbilly
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    04 Sep 2009 11:08 AM
    I can't see the pics from here did it show up?
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    Tarheel BlueUser is Offline Happy Puppy Happy Puppy Send Private Message Posts:105 Tarheel Blue
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    04 Sep 2009 11:36 AM

    Something's wrong with the clock on the forum. I'm showing we are 3+ hours ahead of what the actual time is......

    TB

    "I am a Soldier, I fight where I am told and I win where I fight." - General George S. Patton
    PorknbeansUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:542 Porknbeans
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    10 Sep 2009 08:26 AM
    I shoot Improved Cylinder and Modified with 7's early and 6's later in the season with a 20ga on Ruffies.
    Porknbeans Grand High Pooba of the Fraternal Order of Procrastinators
    BobUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:550 Bob
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    10 Sep 2009 06:03 PM
    You guys have me confused, I thought the more Open the choke the better for Grouse. I was always led to believe Modified was to tight for the close shooting of grouse........Bob
    My Dog And I Are A Team. We Practice Every Day. I Always Trust Tony, He Knows More Than I do.
    PorknbeansUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:542 Porknbeans
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    11 Sep 2009 06:58 AM
    I do shoot a tight choke, but simply because I haven't gone and bought different ones. I don't think that I would change the IC, but I would go to a light mod instead of the mod for the top barrel.
    Porknbeans Grand High Pooba of the Fraternal Order of Procrastinators
    BobUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:550 Bob
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    11 Sep 2009 09:32 PM

    Ok I'll buy that Pork, I just got a light modified, for my 20 gauge. I was saving it for Pheasants. I don't have one for my 28 gauge, nobody makes one that I can find. Maybe I should try the new choke now, if I get out only that darn 85-90 degree weather is coming back, 88 today. Tony don't work well in that heat......Bob

    My Dog And I Are A Team. We Practice Every Day. I Always Trust Tony, He Knows More Than I do.
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