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KWill #286339 07/23/12 12:25 PM
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Sharptail and larger birds; reloads in #7s 1oz at 1150 fps in the right and reloads in #6 1 1/16oz at 1200-1250 fps in the left.


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buzz -

Skin the sharptail (no need to pluck them)
Filet off the breasts.
If possible, remove the silverskin-type stuff, but not critical.
Poke holes in the meat with a fork.
Let sit overnight in milk, buttermilk or yoghurt.
Pat them dry then let them sit for a while - at least an hour - in something that will form a glaze and provide a nice contrast to their rich flavor. You can go with sweet: (Apricot compote, lingonberry jam, etc.) or savory (a simple barbecue sauce, or sundried tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and rosemary, etc.)
Brush them with the sauce, and grill rare over charcoal. You can also pan fry them in butter, or butter mixed with olive oil, but grilling over charcoal is the best way for the glaze to form a crust.
They should be rare on the inside - it only takes about a minute and a half per side over a good fire.

(Save the legs to either smoke - great hunting snack! or you can can make confit with either duck fat - if you have any - or olive oil.)

Enjoy!

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Where do you get the Gamebore loads? I have not seen a box in over 15 years?

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Originally Posted By: RichardBrewster
If you can break clay birds on a skeet range with #10, I bet you can kill woodcock with it. Like KWill, I am curious about RST's new woodcock spreader #10 load and I bought a box to try this fall. When I started hunting woodcock a long time ago, I used skeet loads (#9s), but I haven't seen much around recently and have been using #8s, or 7 1/2s, if I'm in an area when bigger birds are in season in the same area as woodcock.



I am going to order a box in 20ga, 16ga and 12ga just to have around. I am confident in my shooting that it is not the number of pellets per rounds but getting that pattern down to the target. I still like to try new items.

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Originally Posted By: KWill
Where do you get the Gamebore loads? I have not seen a box in over 15 years?
You can get Gamebore easily through Internet. I believe IntraSport imports them. I have quite a few of these shells and let me tell you, the 12 gauge kick pretty hard. Do a google search and you can easily find Gamebores. Eley shells are another matter. Wish we had access to Eley shells in the USA. I would like to try some.


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Don't forget, they are English; #7=7 1/2 American and #6=American #7.

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Good reminder, 2holer.

I've shot both Gamebores and Eleys, back when the latter were still available. What I've found is that most Brit field loads are not pussycats in the recoil department. But they also do a nice job on the birds. I really like Brit 6's for pheasants, and they also work very nicely on sharpies and chickens.

I'll have to try the above recipe for sharps and chickens. I start the same way clayws describes, by filleting off the breast meat. Then I usually just pan-fry them, very quickly, dredged in flour that's been seasoned with salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning. My wife is not a huge fan of wild game meat, but they're about her favorite. I've given up trying to get her to try woodcock, but that's OK because they're about my favorite. I often cook them the same way.

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This has been a great help, and the fact I just love to see what other shooter/hunters use all across the Nation. Great info and thanks for all the posts. Keep them coming through the fall.

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Kwill.

I, also, have enjoyed reading these posts. I grew up shooting wild quail in south Georgia and shoot a ton of released quail each year. I still occasionally get to shoot some wild birds.

I would add to the above posts by following the advice given to me by the old timers when I was a kid and it applies more today with the new tighter shooting shells. Pattern your gun at the distances you plan to shoot for each barrel. Different size shot and different brand shells may pattern differently in the same gun. I find this especially true in smaller gauge guns such as a 28 gauge which is what I almost always shoot. For two 28 gauges that I now primarily shoot: one patterns too tight with number eights and I have to use 8 1/2's in it even though I have both of them choked the same.

I prefer AA's which is what a well known gunsmith recommended to me years ago when I was shooting a 20 gauge G grade Syracuse Lefever with Chain Damascus barrels.

For pheasant I usually shoot a 20 or 16 gauge gun and mine do well with number six in the first barrel and number fives in the second barrel of the 20 gauge and number fives in both barrels of the 16 gauge.

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I bought a flat of Eley #5, 1 oz, 20ga about 6-7 yrs ago for SD pheasant. I've been whittling my way thru that flat, loaning/giving shells out etc. They do a nice job of anchoring a pheasant. I believe they are about equal to #6 American.

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