Steel pheasant load recommendations?

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The creeps got drawn for a pheasant hunt that requires steel shot. Can anybody recommend a good steel load?
 

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Pen raised birds steel #6 or 4 will work fine
 

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I went to a youth pheasant hunt and was told nothing bigger then #7's but that was before steel shot requirements.
 

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For wild birds i've been using hevi-metal. If they are planted birds then shoot whatever you are shooting at ducks, doesn't matter too much.
 

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Two of us went north last week for wild pheasants, no dog. Some close flushes, some way out there. I was shooting 20ga Black Cloud 1oz of #3, buddy shooting 12ga 1-1/4oz of bismuth #5. Results basically the same with both loads. Birds dropped on the first shot, but most still very much able to run. I'd rather shoot lead, but I'm pretty comfortable using the #3 Black Cloud in a 20. If a pheasant moves even a little after it hits the ground, shoot it again unless you have a very quick and aggressive dog.
 

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Thanks fellars
 

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Kent steel 3's work great on ducks.....No reason they won't do great on duck sized pheasant.
 
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