Some links in case you're interested:
I commented on shot size and chokes in my tips page. Have loaded 7/8 oz 7's now for about 20 years.
Always start the season with IC/LM. As the season progresses, that evolves into either IC/IC or SK/IC depending upon circumstances and species.
Reminder that I shoot over pointing Britts. Hunting w/ not dogs would necessitate tighter chokes I'm sure.
Overall standard for most double upland guns is IC/M.
Last season, in January 2016-17, I loaded some 6's for the first time.
Found that 7/8 oz in my little 20 ga did not throw a good pattern. Tried 1 oz and liked it.
Was worried that I would shoot them up so much that birds would not be good table fair. Was not a problem. Late season, even with good Britts.
Like others have mentioned, very few cripples and actually extended my effective range several yards.
Here is beginning of 2017-18 quail reports. All the best, Bob C., Globe, Az.
Uh oh. Re-read this this morning. Let's make that "table fare." Had a good smile over that faux pas. Would blame my secretary, but don't have one!
Edited by rcorley, May 14 2017 - 06:01 AM.