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R_Fury  [Team Member]
9/6/2010 12:21:22 PM EST
Federals Prairie Storm game loads....

Does anyone have any experience with them? How do they preform? Is it just a gimmick?

Fury.
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NVGdude  [Member]
9/6/2010 8:41:59 PM EST
Never even heard of it.

These days everyone seems to love Fiocchi's "Golden Pheasant" #5 plated rounds.

Edit to add, I just stick with standard $6/box plain lead myself
Righteous  [Member]
9/6/2010 9:32:38 PM EST
Originally Posted By NVGdude:
Never even heard of it.

These days everyone seems to love Fiocchi's "Golden Pheasant" #5 plated rounds.

Edit to add, I just stick with standard $6/box plain lead myself


CornDogg723a  [Member]
9/14/2010 12:26:54 PM EST
I used Winchesters super-X high brass game loads they worked great.

Shot three roosters and a crow with um.
rustybob  [Member]
9/15/2010 3:54:08 AM EST
they are the same thing as the 'Black Cloud" steel loads for duck hunting only lead and not steel. I have used the black cloud and it worked ok but not work the $8-10 per box that it cost over other steel loads.
Drahthaar_dude  [Member]
9/16/2010 4:42:02 PM EST
I'm not a fan of Black Cloud so I won't even be trying it out.
usmcjones21  [Member]
9/16/2010 5:00:54 PM EST
WTF is that?!
R_Fury  [Team Member]
9/24/2010 12:59:13 AM EST
Originally Posted By NVGdude:
Never even heard of it.

These days everyone seems to love Fiocchi's "Golden Pheasant" #5 plated rounds.

Edit to add, I just stick with standard $6/box plain lead myself


I tend to use Golden Pheasant (20 3in gauge #4) myself....I bought a box of the Prairie Storm on a whim.
Poop3rscoop3r  [Member]
9/26/2010 6:39:32 PM EST
i like to use the golden pheasant 3 inch 1 3/4 ounce 4 shots myself. overkill? oh yeah. but i dont loose birds due to winging them. MOST federal products, especially shotgun shells, are top notch. theyre worth a shot. i myself like premium loads.
UBB  [Team Member]
9/27/2010 9:48:23 AM EST
We reload all of our own so I have nothing to add.
philspel  [Team Member]
9/27/2010 10:00:42 AM EST
Thanks for reminding me I don't get to go on my yearly pheasant hommage to south dakota this year.. Oh, and I use the winchester's since I like to use the 20ga.



Update: plans have changed and now I'm going!! –– insert happy dance smiley––

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EEK  [Member]
10/5/2010 8:24:18 AM EST
I shot some phez with it in 12g, seemed efective, hard to tell if its better than other premium stuff, i was using a Prairie Storm lt mod choke in my SBE2 and i did get one rooster at about 70 yards, it had a boken wing and was running fast across the stubble field, my GSP nailed it easy enough and brought it back. When i go to ND in a few weeks i am just taking Kent fast lead as i am a broke construction worker, LOL
SGT69  [Team Member]
10/7/2010 9:14:01 AM EST
I'm leaving for Gregory, South Dakota in five days for our annual pheasant hunt. I haven't heard of that particualr load but most of the people in our group use the Fiocchi Golden Pheasant loads. I use the Federal Wing-Shok in 12 gauge - #5. I bought two cases a while back when it was about $8 a box. I've done quite well with the Federal and glad I stocked up when the price was right. If anyone needs a terrific South Dakota outfitter, drop me a line and I'll tell you about our guy in Gregory.

EEK  [Member]
10/14/2010 6:46:57 AM EST
I have shot phez with #6 Prairie storm using a PS early season choke, it will really trash a bird close up, but i did kill some at 50 yards pretty well, I am going to ND next week and taking Kent fast lead # 5 and 6. If you use Prairies Storm i would try an IC or LM choke as it seems to stay pretty tight
tayous1  [Team Member]
10/31/2010 2:58:01 PM EST
This is off topic but can someone tell me what does Pheasant taste like? I'm about to get a job up in ND and I have never had Pheasant before but I was looking at hunting some so I just wanted to know are they grease and full of oil like a duck?
jp_72  [Member]
10/31/2010 3:34:04 PM EST
Pheasant is nothing like duck. In fact, it doesn't even tast like chicken. Pheasant has a flavor all its own. Just make sure to get all the shot out, wash thoroughly to get the blood out, pick out all the feathers that have been driven into the bird and you are good to go.
You can crock pot it with mushroom soup.
You can cut it into pieces, bread it and fry it like chislik.
You can bake it like a chicken with onions, mushrooms, celery and some stock.
You can fillet the breast and make pheasant sandwiches (during WWII they served these to the men going across the state while headed east or west).
Weber  [Team Member]
11/2/2010 2:18:25 PM EST
Taking my boy on his first pheasant hunt on friday.
R_Fury  [Team Member]
11/3/2010 7:07:24 PM EST
We went out today, saw nothing but a few hens. Going out Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday next week, I may get out for a bit this Friday morning.
R_Fury  [Team Member]
11/3/2010 7:07:59 PM EST
Originally Posted By Weber:
Taking my boy on his first pheasant hunt on friday.


I wish you the best of luck.
Hater  [Member]
11/3/2010 7:10:10 PM EST

Originally Posted By NVGdude:

Fiocchi's "Golden Pheasant" #5 plated rounds.


Works great in Hand County, SD!!!
Weber  [Team Member]
11/7/2010 11:05:45 AM EST
Originally Posted By R_Fury:
Originally Posted By Weber:
Taking my boy on his first pheasant hunt on friday.


I wish you the best of luck.


It was a great day, our group bagged 154 birds.

My son had a great time.



R_Fury  [Team Member]
11/8/2010 3:59:12 PM EST
Looks like a good time, congrats.
80thdiv313fa  [Team Member]
11/8/2010 11:45:43 PM EST
Originally Posted By Weber:
Originally Posted By R_Fury:
Originally Posted By Weber:
Taking my boy on his first pheasant hunt on friday.


I wish you the best of luck.


It was a great day, our group bagged 154 birds.

My son had a great time.

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm198/WeberSteve/pheasant6.jpg

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm198/WeberSteve/pheasant2.jpg


Congrats, looks like you guys had a great hunt! Were you on private land or a game farm?
Weber  [Team Member]
11/9/2010 1:21:13 AM EST
Originally Posted By 80thdiv313fa:
Originally Posted By Weber:
Originally Posted By R_Fury:
Originally Posted By Weber:
Taking my boy on his first pheasant hunt on friday.


I wish you the best of luck.


It was a great day, our group bagged 154 birds.

My son had a great time.

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm198/WeberSteve/pheasant6.jpg

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm198/WeberSteve/pheasant2.jpg


Congrats, looks like you guys had a great hunt! Were you on private land or a game farm?


We were on a game farm in PA.
crwdplsr  [Team Member]
11/10/2010 6:34:05 AM EST
Originally Posted By Weber:
Originally Posted By R_Fury:
Originally Posted By Weber:
Taking my boy on his first pheasant hunt on friday.


I wish you the best of luck.


It was a great day, our group bagged 154 birds.

My son had a great time.

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm198/WeberSteve/pheasant6.jpg

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm198/WeberSteve/pheasant2.jpg


Beautiful!!! I Can't wait until my little guy is big enough to go...( He is 3).

I'm goin for my 1st Pheasant hunt of the year this Friday.

BTW.....OP....I've been using a 28ga with #6s, 1 oz Winchesters for years and never had a problem dropping Pheasants with it.
R_Fury  [Team Member]
11/15/2010 1:46:14 PM EST
I tried the Prairie Storm loads today.

I might use them in late season bird hunting only, they seem to hold a very tight pattern that shreds the birds.

EEK  [Member]
11/15/2010 5:08:44 PM EST
We are heaed back to N. Dakota on Thanksgiving, the first trip my friends 20g using Praire Storm really tore up the birds, but it did kill them really well, i will take a box of #5s with me this time as its getting late season, but i will still use a LM choke, the kent fast lead really worked well for me on the first trip
Firebug93  [Member]
11/16/2010 9:30:40 AM EST
I got 3 using that ammo. Works. Left weird gold flakes in my gun. Don't know if it was the logo on the shell or what. It cleans off though.
Trini2  [Member]
12/13/2010 7:08:24 PM EST
Hunted in western ks last week and buddy used them in12 ga. Took the pheasants down really good and said he might get another box or two if the price came down.. something about $20 plus per box. I used Red Label in 20 with Remington Express and didn't have any problems killing my pheasants. We hunted for 3 1/2 days and came home with 14 birds. Saw lots of chickens but not close enough to shoot any.
zutmeloda2003  [Team Member]
12/14/2010 7:53:15 AM EST
i used the Blackcloud ammo in my 20g side by side and ill tell you im not a fan. I hit a bird about 10 -15 yards out feathers everywhere, 1st thought o shit nothing is gona be left, then all of a sudden it got up and started running.

samething earlier that day but the this time i shot it with the 2nd barrel which with steel shoots a full choke and entire right side of bird was gone.

I am sticking to the Golden Pheasant and Winchester Xtreme Steel!!

ended up being a good day, took my buddy with to use as a dog. fresh snow was out and birds were trackable. left with 3 roosters and one hen.
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