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GR. % performance is relative to the bird hunted for most people. I don't worry about it by and large.

A famous ruffed grouse shooter used 1.25oz of 9's for something like 10000 birds killed. He must have had a dental plan.
People use what they have confidence in.

I do worry about ricochet's and chasing cripples all day.
It's a waste of dog time on the ground.

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For ruffed grouse I shoot 8's all season. Never had a problem even in the late season/winter where shots are longer. Probably never shoot past 30-35 yards.

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9 on the the skeet range is ok-make darn sure you wear eye protection those little BBs do come back at you a time or two. 8 and 7.5 shot are my go to loads. 6 shot at turkeys, 2s and BB for goose 4 or 3 shot for ducks.
Note you can brake birds on the 27 yard line using 9s, just not crushing breaks.

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I don't care what is used on clay targets. However on birds clean kills matter to me. Mostly I hunt Gamble's and Scaled quail, Huns and grouse. Favorite load is 20ga with 3/4oz or 7/8oz of #7s. Just enough heavier to get good penetration and that is what kills birds. Gamble's and Scaled quail have a tendency to take a good hit and once they bounce on the ground to come up running. But not so much with 7s.

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Many years ago, I bought a lifetime supply of #7 shot. I load 7/8 oz. for mountain grouse and 1 oz. for Huns and Chukar. Pheasants get 1 oz. of #6 shot in my Imp, Cyl. barrel and 1 1/8 oz of #5 1/2 shot in my mod barrel. The extra 1/8 oz of #5 1/2 shot has the same approximate pellet count as the ounce of #6's and gives me a little more down range energy for wild flushing pheasants or the 2nd shot on pheasants.


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I had no intention of suggesting that 9's are a proper field choice. It's been 60yrs since I've killed anything in the field but 8's will kill a pigeon in the ring where I might be reluctant to use 9's.
Seems that the "use enough gun" is always good advice at some level and it seems that responsible hunters know that.


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Agree with Ghostrider. Like pretty much all quail, Mearns do get off the ground in a hurry. What helps--if the flush doesn't rattle you--is that you're usually just about stepping on the covey when they go airborne. And there's sometimes a late flusher or 2.

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I use #7 shot on quail, usually 3/4 but sometimes 7/8. For Pheasants, Huns, Chukars I go with #6 or #5 shot, as for loads either 1 oz., 1 1/16 or 1 1/8 oz.

As for shooting Sporting Clays, usually whatever shells are left over after Dove shooting.

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