I’d borrow a 12 gauge, having had to finish off ( at 45 yards, #4 shot ) wounded pheasants that weren’t anchored by my companions who were using 20 gauge, #6 shot.
Since you will have plenty of dog-power, limiting your shots to flushing roosters would work with your 20. Don’t shoot at any pheasant that has reached “escape velocity”, locked wings, and started sailing away. Shoot them while they’re clawing for altitude.
I’d still rather have 12.
I wouldn’t bother with the 3” 20s.
Have fun; pheasants are a blast.
I agree with Drew’s choke advice.
Last edited by Tom Findrick; 08/07/21 06:44 PM. Reason: Agree with Drew’s choke advice.