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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:43 am  Reply with quote
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I had someone email me who has just purchased a 16 OU. He intends to hunt grouse in MN this fall. He asked me which ammunition is best. He wants info about brand name and shot size. For hunting, I generally load my own, so I'm throwing this out for the full wisdom of the Society's membership. Let's help him out.

Thanks, --Doug

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:53 am  Reply with quote
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Doug , I'd say anything he can get his hands on in the 7.5/8 shot size would do . 7.5 is perfect .

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:04 am  Reply with quote
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RST Lite 7/8oz of 7 1/2 . Low recoil .
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:18 am  Reply with quote
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Early season grouse - #8 or #9. The #9 are especially effective on the woodcock that frequent the same areas as grouse. Early season grouse are still lightly feathered. After October 1st #8 is more effective on grouse. After the first frost, when the birds are fully and deeply feathers, you need #7.5 hitting force to penetrate the heavier feathering.

Some pellet counts for one ounce of #9, #8 and #7.5 are revealing;

1 ounce #9 568 pellets = 42% more pellets than #8 shot
1 ounce #8 401 pellets = 18% more pellets than #7.5 shot
1 ounce #7.5 341 pellets

I like putting plenty of shot on the target. JF

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:35 pm  Reply with quote
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I've used a 12, 16 & 20 for Grouse in Northern Minnesota. In the 12 and 20 I just use standard skeet loads in 7 1/2. For the 16 I like the standard 1 oz load by Remington, Winchester or Federal. When I load my own, I try to emulate the standard target loads for Grouse. Grouse are not a tough bird. They don't need a whole lot to bring them down. Open chokes as you won't have a lot of room or time to shoot...woods are pretty thick and those little guys fly like lightniing once they get going not to mention they are capable of full flight 90 degree turns.

Hope he has some fun...Grouse hunting is the BEST!!!!

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Last time I was in MN grouse hunting I used Poly wad spreader, 7.5's and had some loaded in #7 with polywad sped R insert. Both worked very well.
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2 1/2 dr. eq., 1 oz. shot, # 7 1/2 shot.

As in 2 1/2-1-7 1/2.

RGLs, Win Super X or AA, Federals, you name it.
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