I'm giving it a try this year too. I'd picked out the shotgun and the load, but everyone I talk with says that I'll be falling down & scratching up the gun, so now I'm in a quandry not only about the load, but also about the gun.
Joined: 06 Apr 2007
Location: The Great Northwet
The best day I ever had chukar hunting was with federal factory 1 oz. 6's out of an ic/m choked Syracuse Lefever. I went 5 for 5 before missing one. Any factory 1 oz. load of 6's will do fine, though I do shoot custom 1 oz. 6 reloads at 1300 fps in cut down 2.5" federal hulls. 1 1/8oz. 6's would also be good. Some guys use 5's, but pattern density at longer ranges is an issue. Cripples can be very tough to find, as they can really run, and they crawl under a rock or in a bush and totally disappear. Practice low angle and down angle quartering away and crossing shots up to 40 yds. Hit them well, and they will go down.
Falling does happen once in a great while, but as long as you remember tp carry your gun to the outside so you're bracing your fall with your hand instead of your gun, you'll be fine. I learned that lesson the hard way. Shoot the gun you want to shoot. Life is short. Enjoy it!
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