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Brush / Spreader Loads
« on: April 06, 2020, 11:13:16 pm »
Still a good idea?   :hmm

Winchester marketed these in the 1980s.

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    Re: Brush / Spreader Loads
    « Reply #1 on: April 07, 2020, 12:32:41 am »
    fancy bird shot?
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    Re: Brush / Spreader Loads
    « Reply #2 on: April 07, 2020, 12:51:35 am »
    Well, a lot of folks have shotguns with interchangeable choke tubes these days but if you still hunt with a fixed choke gun those spreader loads are still very useful.  I've done a lot of walking up birds without a dog and sometimes quail will flush, seemingly, right out from under your feet and when that happens a cylinder bore is your friend.  The spreader load was made to give cylinder bore performance ( or better ) at close range out of a modified or improved choked barrel. 

    So, I guess for me the answer is yes. 
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    Re: Brush / Spreader Loads
    « Reply #3 on: April 11, 2020, 03:00:11 am »
    Spreader loads have been around a long time.  Dating from the late 19th century when choke selection was often simply "cylinder or choke bore."

    I guess you could call spreader loads "fancy bird shot" for short range upland shooting.

    Winchester ad from 1904:

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    Re: Brush / Spreader Loads
    « Reply #4 on: April 11, 2020, 01:42:06 pm »
    Yup.  I remember a few of boxes of Peters "Target" shells that were essentially spreader loads with light powder charges and #8 shot.  They were just the ticket for walking up bobwhite quail in the broom sage and tall grass and blackberry brambles along fence rows in the fall.  Doves too when they were clustered around spilled grain in the field.  They would sit and eat until you got within feet of them and then flush and scatter only to land forty or fifty yards away.  Well, at least the ones that were still able .  .  .   :cool    Good eating and good times for a farm kid back then. 

    My Grandaddy always favored Peters shells and cartridges as they were made just up the river a ways from home and I think he'd actually seen the cartridge works in person as a kid.  Not sure that made any difference in the way they performed but it was always good ammunition in actual use - and the boxes were pretty.   :thumbup1
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