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Offline wchadw

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20ga O/U shell suggestions?
« on: August 13, 2019, 03:44:07 PM »
ok i have a Yildiz 20ga O/U youth with 24inch barrel
Top i am shooting a sumtoy .562 with apex or nitro TSS #9s
Bottom has a Sumtoy .575  looking for suggestions for a load that will spread decent in first 20 yards.  was looking at federal 3rd degree.  any suggestions?

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Re: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2019, 04:15:11 PM »
I would look at the Winchester long beards number 6 shot ....

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Re: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2019, 04:47:38 PM »
If you want a more open pattern at 20 yds, a good skeet load using magnum lead shot #7 1/2 will give a forgiving pattern and will have killing energy to 35 plus yds.

also try Fio golden pheasant in #6 or #7.5, 1 1/4oz of nickel plated magnum lead, they give good close barrel patterns and are good to 35 plus yds, depending on your gun/choke.

another reason for you to get into reloading, I reload one oz. of TSS #9's with no buffer for my more open pattern in a 20 gauge SXS, very forgiving 20yd pattern with a Carlson 575 which also gives a 10" that is good past 40yds

some that are shooting o/u or SXS's are reloading heavy 13 #7 shot in a more open choke for their close barrel


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20ga O/U shell suggestions?
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2019, 05:14:19 PM »
If you want a more open pattern at 20 yds, a good skeet load using magnum lead shot #7 1/2 will give a forgiving pattern and will have killing energy to 35 plus yds.

also try Fio golden pheasant in #6 or #7.5, 1 1/4oz of nickel plated magnum lead, they give good close barrel patterns and are good to 35 plus yds, depending on your gun/choke.

another reason for you to get into reloading, I reload one oz. of TSS #9's with no buffer for my more open pattern in a 20 gauge SXS, very forgiving 20yd pattern with a Carlson 575 which also gives a 10" that is good past 40yds


some that are shooting o/u or SXS's are reloading heavy 13 #7 shot in a more open choke for their close barrel

T hank you this is what i was looking for.  looking for basketball/beachball size pattern at 15-20 yards. 
for shots over 25 yards i will be shooting the TSS
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Re: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2019, 06:20:40 PM »
For 15-25yds I would shoot lead #7.5's and try them in imp. cyl. thru modified choke.

another shell that patterned good at that distance is "Estate" they make a 2 3/4" 1 oz. load in #7.5
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Re: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2019, 08:16:12 PM »
My TSS loads are that size at 10-25 yards

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Re: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2019, 09:35:53 AM »
can't beat the lead 7.5 for close range shots
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Re: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2019, 11:29:11 AM »
Straight HW # 7 is what I shoot. Blended loads are inconsistent. 


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Re: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2019, 12:07:38 PM »


     I use the cheapest shell I can find for close in 25 or less shots ... kent , remington, thugs .... in #6 they all seem to shoot a basketball size pattern  with a modified choke .... over 2/3 of my birds fall to this combination...... why waste a $5 shell on a bird that close?  I shoot mag blends in the upper barrel ... with several shot at 40 plus

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Re: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2019, 10:43:54 AM »
that is a gorgeous 20 gauge
I bought one recently as well
I have decided to go with
20 Gauge 3" Hevishot Magnum
Blends....

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20ga O/U shell suggestions?
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2019, 06:37:12 PM »
I switched bottom barrel to a sumtoy 585. Doing Hal handload #9s in top and golden pheasant #6 in bottom. Here’s what it looks like dipped and some 20 and 40 yard patterns



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Re: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2019, 11:36:27 AM »
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looks good
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Re: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2019, 11:52:29 AM »
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looks good
Thanks. Waiting on my optic and then I’ll be sending you the barrels to mount


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