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"Magnum" Shot Loads?

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#1 TheRoman1


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Posted 05 December 2008 - 12:18 AM

So perhpas I drempt it but I have this image in my mind of reading somewhere that on the DFG Pheasant hunts one is not allowed to use "magnum" shot loads. I haven't been able to find where I read this and I'm beginning to wonder if I in fact never did.Anyway, is there a "magnum" type of shotgun shell? If so, what is it? I have some basic, size-4 shot for birds with a long, brass cap that is longer than some of the really short caps I've seen on shells filled with ssize 8-6 pellets in them. Does magnum refer to the length of this brass cap?

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 09:02 AM

At least in 12 and 20 ga, 3" shells are Magnum, 3.5" shells are super-magnum. I'm no pheasant hunter, but I've never heard of not being able to use magnum loads.

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 03:25 PM

Sometimes on the box where it says "Drams Eq." it will say MAG but it seems like most of the magnum duck loads I use just say MAX nowadays. You might check to see if steel shot is mandatory. Sometimes when the DFG puts on a pheasant hunt in a wetland area they'll require the use of non-toxic shot.

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