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Took a short drive this afternoon to try and bag a few crows before they depart and the end comes...which is only a few weeks from now.

Go into a big gang of about a thousand crows. Windy, cloudy and cool. Managed to dust 7 crows before the group got on to me. Also shot a magpie and got a nice ruffed grouse that was hanging around a crab apple tree in an old farm yard. 13 rounds fired in all. 1 ounce of #8 shot from my M12 Win. 16 gauge.

Have to work this evening so my day was very short. Would have loved to find out where that big flock is roosting up. Maybe pay them a visit tomorrow afternoon.biggrin

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-- Edited by M12Shooter on Monday 20th of September 2010 11:20:17 PM

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Sounds like a great time. Wish I was with you. Heck, I don't see 1000 crows in a year.

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My brother shoots an ithaca 37 16 gauge, and he has killed everything from doves to turkeys with it.  It all comes down to being comfortable with a gun to shoot it well.



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Hi M12,

What a fine use of 13 shells...  Well played!!!

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watch em, I grew up shooting an Ithaca 37 16ga. Great handling and shooting gun. Now it's my grandfathers Browning Sweet Sixteen.
M12shooter, I have a really, really big soft spot for 16ga's. The downside is the price of ammo.

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Hey, I have a story for you guys who like the 16 gauge!

Back in the 1960's my old pal Jim Lundquist from Minnesota bought 300 cases (500 rounds to the case) from Federal. He had to buy em all, that was the deal, they were in 4's, 6's and 7 1/2's. This comes to 150,000 rounds of ammo! He got a hell of a deal, these were factory seconds, and the only thing wrong with them is that the printing was very smudged on the hulls themselves, other than that they were just fine. He bought them for $ 10.00 a case!!! He was in tight with the Federal rep at the time, we (the rep, Jim & I) went to Mexico together one year to shoot white winged doves. Anyway these were all 16 gauge shells and it took Jim 25 years to shoot em all up on crows! After that he retired his trusty 16 gauge 870 Remington and went to the 20 gauge.

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Thats a lot of ammo Bob, and at 10 bucks a case that would be 50 cents/box! A 16 gauger's dream. Back in the 60's I would assume those would have been paper cases as well. The aroma left by those old papers after being fired is almost intoxicating.

I used to order in the 12 gauge Federal Paper trap loads by the case (500). I very much enjoyed shooting those shells, very soft shooting and I never felt bad leaving paper hulls in the field. Leaving a big mess of plastic hulls laying in one spot can become rather unsightly IMO.

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Hi Ted,

All the 16 gauge hulls were plastic hulls.

I shot the Federal paper hulls years ago, even reloaded them, all 12 gauge.

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