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7-1/2 as a Shot Size Choice for Pheasant Shooting

Shotguns and Shotshells

#7-1/2 shot is usually fine for shooting walked up pheasants.  I expect that comment to meet some resistance. I have talked to many US pheasant shooters who insist that you need something on the order of a #4 or #5 in a 3" shell to bring down birds. But I've spoken with just as many, and probably more, shooters who know better. #7.5 is not too small, even for wild birds. It has killed countless birds efficiently for over a century. Driven pheasants and grouse are a different matter because they can be very far away and/or very high. But even...

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