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    Default Gun and load choice for Alaska Ptarmigan.

    So, if you're going to go ptarmigan hunting, what would you use for ammo?

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    Default That's easy!

    Quote Originally Posted by Prussian Gun Guy View Post
    So, if you're going to go ptarmigan hunting, what would you use for ammo?
    A scoped 10/22. Or a .20 gauge pump with #4 shot. I have used everything from .410 to 12 gauge for ptarmigan. Nothing beats the fun of snowshoeing after ptarmigan with a .22. But a 12 gauge brings home the making for many pots of ptarmigan soup.

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    20 ga with size 6 shot. used 71/2 shot before and noticed birds were not going down, hitting them, but not dying. 6 shot has done better.

    .22 works well, head shots if possible.

    good luck

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    Smile Choices, choices, choices

    I'd use 1 of three weapons:

    1. .22 Mag, scoped (Good on Ptarmies out to 100 yards)

    2. Mathews bow and cruddy arrows I don't plan on seeing again

    3. 9410 lever action .410 with 6 shot

    Rocks have also worked in the absense of the the 3 above listed weapons.

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    <<< slingshots work great too.

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    In order of preference

    1) 1963 Ben Pearson colt recurve bow.
    2) 10/22
    3)sling shot
    4) 28 ga.

    Flip that list upside down for mid to late winter hunting when they are covyed up and act like real game birds.(Ie flush and provide wing shooting opportunities.)
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