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Thread: Getting Ready for Dove Season

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    Getting Ready for Dove Season

    I have a .32 Stevens Favorite. I had is converted to center fire. I still have the ordinal rimfire breach block. With this rifle I have a .32 shot barrel. Its a smooth bore with a fairly tight choke. So I have made shot shells for it.
    At first I only had #6 shot. A friend brought me a whole bag of each #7 1/2 shot and #10 shot. Nice friend huh? I am going to try some paper experiments first.

    We have the introduced Eurasian Collard Doves here. The state doesn't regulate the taking of these doves here. Just have to have a hunting license. They are a pest here around cities, silos, etc. They are easy to get close to. 50 to 75 feet. Could probably just shoot them with a bullet.

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    Boolit Master BNE's Avatar
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    Mar 2013
    I’m going tomorrow with my Daughter. Can’t wait.
    I'm a Happy Clinger.

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    TNsailorman's Avatar
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    Dec 2006
    Northeast Tennessee Hills
    My Father, my brother and his son, myself and my son spent many a day in a dove field together. Dad is no longer with us, and the 2 boys live in other states now, so those days are gone for good. They left great memories though. james

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    Boolit Grand Master

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    Nov 2009
    Wow! That's cool. Hunting doves with a tiny shotgun will be a challenge be sure to post some results.

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    Boolit Buddy

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    Jan 2019
    Lake Oconee Ga
    Good luck, I have a hard enough time with a 12 gauge!

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    This is more like Dove shooting not Dove hunting. They are fatter, slower and fly towards you or in circles.

    They are like pigeons around a barn, dairy, etc.

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    Boolit Buddy
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    Oct 2009
    Quote Originally Posted by BNE View Post
    I’m going tomorrow with my Daughter. Can’t wait.
    Have those Eurasians here also. They have chased all of our Morning Doves out of our neighborhood. Havent seen a Morning Dove all summer. Hate those Eurasians just like pigeons. Kill a bunch for me.

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    Boolit Master uscra112's Avatar
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    Jun 2006
    Switzerland of Ohio
    Let us know how you do. My first reaction is that a Favorite, even a 1915 model, won't stand charges sufficient kill a dove even at 50 feet. But I've never tried it.

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    Yesterday evening, it took 10 shots to get 4 doves. If I hold high it dispatches them quickly. I prefer the shot shells with #7 1/2 shot. But with practice the #6 shot shells might be better. Easy to get within 50 feet. Didn't try the #10 shot shells, due to results when testing. See the end of the video I posted:

    The .32 being a sub-sonic round seemed to cause little stress the non-target birds, both Eurasian Collard doves and other bird species.

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