My honest assessment of this is that 1 1/8 oz. provides a small advantage over a 1 oz. load with tight chokes beyond 40 yards. The advantage grows with buffered loads. Unless you are in a situation where long shots are about the only shots offered, you won't notice much difference between 1 and 1 1/8 oz. loads of equal quality.
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Here's my thoughts on payload weight. These are only my opinions based on what I have experienced on wild birds. I use different size payloads for different size pellets. For upland birds, the size of the target that will kill the bird at longer ranges, isn't the size of the birds body. Depending on the bird it ranges from the size of a standard clay target on edge to probably a 60MM (mini) on edge, pheasant on the big side, quail/woodcock on the small side. I am trying to kill the bird with pellets to the nervous system, head, neck, backbone, and hopefully to break a wing or two. In my opinion there are very few presentations of the bird in flight that I don't get at least a peek at that part of the bird. (With the smaller birds I don't think that to be such an absolute for one shot kills.) I believe that I have to have two things to accomplish that, pellet energy and pattern density. So my payloads are 7/8 oz., 1 oz., 1 1/8 oz. and a buffered 1 1/4 oz. load, which keeps the pellet count over 200 in each payload. The pellet sizes are #8 or #7.5, #7, #6 and #5. I haven't triggered a buffered #5 load in a long time, as that is the 3rd load in the shotgun and I don't use it until the season gets late and the weather gets on the mean side.
I am not trying to sway anyone, nor am I saying that anyone is doing anything wrong, the above ideas and thoughts are strictly my opinion on payload weight for the 16 gauge.
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