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Haha yes thats correct 7.62x39 lol. Im not using this... It was a question :p My first thought was .223
But I dont have anything in that caliber. .22 works for locals but not so much for me. I would rather not use a shotgun but if I have too... Well that works.
 

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A .22 mag now thats a possibility... I believe thats what the previois owner of this place used.
#4 buck... Possibly. See I like to hunt and eat game bird but nobody in my family touches it because weve all had bad experiences biting down on stray shot. Im trying to avoid that unless im actually starving. When I run this by other hunters in my region they are usually a bit surprised that anyone would use a shotgun around here.
 

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I like to fix bayonet on the old No.1 MkIII...that way you have the option to shoot them as they fly if you miss your bayonet stroke. 'Course, it's a little unwieldy in the piney woods but since we're talking grouse with a SKS (BTW, do you have the underfolding bayonet or the stick-on kind? I think the stick-on kind are little pointier, guess it depends on whether you are a thruster or a slasher), I'm guessing we are actually talking about the most sportin way of going about it. Sure, anyone can knock over a grouse with rock or a stick, or maybe even a head shot with a .22 pistol...but flyin'? With a SKS? C'mon, it doesn't get much more sportin than that. We are talking those stupid blue grouse, right? The ones that fly ten feet after you spook them? Give you plenty of chances to snuff em? Head shots, OK, but give them the bayonet option. You'll be glad you did. Because the prairie chickens around here will not at all ever give you a chance to throw a rock at em and kill em. No way. You don't even know they are there until they've scared the daylights out of you and are long gone out of range before you can get your composure back and get off a shot. Even over dogs, sometimes. Worse than dang pheasants. A nice little 20 ga upland gun is perfect. Why carry a heavy 12 around all day if you aren't going to shoot it?
 

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Yeah lmao its the dumb ones. Ive heard the prairie ones are more difficult. The local ones often commit suicide under peoples truck tires.
You could hit them with a stick. But again where I am its all thick brush and waist level grass. I tend to lose sight of these buggers pretty quick.
A 20 guage would be nice.
 

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Over the years I've use everything from a stick to a 30-06,on grouse, that includes bows, rocks and slingshots. I honestly don't know what works best for you, yet a 7.62x39 seems like overkill. Then agan... everybodys style is a bit different.

What I do know is that a sweet and slender 500E Mossberg has claimed a lot of grouse for me over the years. What can I say, other that a 500E is sexy hehehe...anyway that's my fluffy/tasty bird killing gun...and so far it has worked marvelously. YMMV
 

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I kind of figured 7.62x39 was overkill myself thats why I asked lol. Idk... Decisions. I cant say any of my guns are great for grouse but they seem to be what everyone else around here is using. I think I posted something similar a few years ago someplace. Ive seen grouse take several shots point blank from a .22 and keep going. (No they werent a miss :p ) If I were to use a rifle I think a want a bit more power to get a clean kill.
A shotgun would work well I may go that rout.
A .22 mag might also be decent.
The previous owner of this place left all sorts of ammo around. .22 mag and those .22 bird shot rounds. Its like a regular .22 but its loaded up with bird shot. I gather he used those for grouse and rabbits.
 

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Not sure what province you are in but in Sask it is illegal to hunt an upland game bird with a center fire rifle; only rimfire rifles or shotgun. Migratory game birds are shotgun only and steel shot. I hunt grouse with a 22 all the time. Headshots only. Sounds like you need to practice more or need a more accurate rifle. They are a delicate bird and don't take much to kill.
if you want more power in a bullet, why not go for a .17 hmr..its a rimfire round ;)
 

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Personally I use my .50 cal Cva Optima inline muzzle-loader with a power belt ballistic tip and a 100 grain powder charge. One shot one kill. I just shoot for the beak and if I miss the concussion knocks them out long enough to retrive then hit them in the head with the synthetic buttstock. No waste of meat that way.
Y'all realize the above is my attempt at sarcasm. I know of
no bird hunters in meatchicken that use anything but a shoutgun. You freaking Canadians are goofy! Funny thread though.
 

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Well, I've been told that during the Korean Conflict one Old Army Platoon Sargent used a Water Cooled Machine Gun on Pheasant. Unfortunately he didn't lead it enough so he only managed to start a small brush fire with the Tracer Rounds. So I can't relay how effective the 50 Cal is for Bird Hunting. But it has been used overseas anyway. LOL
 

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It could work, and after you harvest a few, you can determine the effectiveness of it for yourself. If it blows a big hole through the bird and the meat, don't fret, it may still be a workable solution.
It just depends upon how destructive it is, what it leaves intact, versus what is destroyed. You are the judge on that one, if it works OK, then you have a good method.
PS:: When you can afford a new rifle, get a .22 MAGNUM. I have seen one punch a hole through a mild steel plate. After seeing that, I traded my TC Contender for it.
Something just like this will kill grouse, and with every shot shot you should get you a bird. You will have as happy as can be with it. You can use solid or HP, then figure out which works best, after you shoot a few of them.
PSS: I am giving honorable mention to the .17 HMR too, and I have never fired one. But, the numbers are there and everything that I have read about it, sounds good. It should punch right through a grouse.


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This one is priced at $220, that is cheap, and it is an excellent brand name to boot.
Up for sale we have this Mossberg model 142A .22 bolt action rifle. This rifle has a Tasco 4x40 scope already mounted. The metal on this rifle is all chrome plated and in good condition. The writing however is a little worn. The wood stock is in good shape with only a couple of small dings and scratches. Bore is clean.

http://www.armslist.com/posts/46406...erg-142a--22-bolt-action-rifle-w--scope--1157
 
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Y'all realize the above is my attempt at sarcasm. I know of
no bird hunters in meatchicken that use anything but a shoutgun. You freaking Canadians are goofy! Funny thread though.
LoL I did get the sarcasm haha you're right we are goofy. Wait till you see what we can do with a frozen beaver ;)
Speaking of beavers... One ate the bridge to my shooting range. Ive got to get that fixed today before the snow flies.

.17hmr thats another one I didnt think of. It looks good, up there with .22mag im going to do some research on these calibers a bit thanks!
 
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