Shot sizes for African birds?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Mr. 16 gauge, Apr 16, 2015.

  1. Piet-Skiet

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    I loaded up with no3 for everything from.duck to geese. 7,5 for dove and pigeon. I like no4 gor geunis

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    This was interesting! I hope to hunt birds in Africa behind dogs one day. I always see tons of ground birds.
     

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    Since my above post, I have been blessed to do a bit of goose hunting in Africa (in Namibia, with the safari company shown attached to my name below).
    I used 3 Millimeter lead shot in a 12 bore O/U, full / modified chokes.
    It was excellent.
    Likewise, it was excellent on guinea fowl as well.
    Both species are in my experience quite as tough as Canadian geese are up here in Alaska.
    They crumpled when hit with 3mm Brenneke brand 2 & 3/4” lead.
     

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    I prefer #6 , #3 and # 1
     

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    I also prefer 6 for rock pigeon but availability is a problem. For spurfowl I use AAA.
     

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    I used a O/U .410 with 3” #4 for guinea foul and 2 1/2” #8 ‘s for dove and franklin. Seemed to work fine.
     

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    7.5s or 8s for doves and sandgrouse
    6s and 7.5s for francolin
    4s and 6s for Guinea Fowl.

    Please take note, these are US shot sizes, UK shot sizes are 1 size different.

    Shot payload is a contentious issue. I refer you to the "square load" for optimal pattern in any gun. You'll have to do some searching to find a proper "square load" rather than a stringy, hard recoiling, less effective "magnum load".

    10 gauge = 1-1/4 ounce
    12 gauge = 1-1/8 ounce
    16 gauge = 1 ounce
    20 gauge = 7/8 ounce
    28 gauge = 3/4 ounce
    .410 = 9/16 ounce
     

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