View Full Version : Shot Size for Crows

12-06-2015, 09:10 AM
What size shot y'all use for crow hunting:cool:

12-06-2015, 10:13 AM
i have a pee pot full of #4 remington shotgun shells that worked pretty well. I have used a lot of 7.5 and 8 shot with good results.

12-06-2015, 12:27 PM
7 or 7.5 magnum shot.

long shot
12-06-2015, 05:05 PM
7 1/2 low brass work good for me out of my old A5 light

12-06-2015, 05:43 PM
7.5 or 8 for me, pattern master extended range choke tube works great.

12-06-2015, 06:36 PM
3in #6 or 7's through a modified choke works well for me.

TN Song Dog
12-08-2015, 02:02 AM
6 heavy loads. Have also used cheap federal 7.5 from wally world. A modified choke.

12-09-2015, 12:51 PM
In a conversation I had with Bob Aronsohn, he indicated that magnum shot are possibly more important than the size. A harder shot keeps its shape better and will penetrate through bone and wing.

12-17-2015, 11:09 AM
Thanks everyone for the info, definitely will try out magnum shot:tiphat:

12-28-2015, 07:46 PM
While you can kill crow with BB if you really wanted to your best bet is going to be a run of the mill target load of 8 or 7 1/2 shot. There are a few reasons for this. First and for most crow arent as tuff as most people like to think due to their size. They will come down very easy. Crow hunting is a game of high volume so you will spend yourself broke trying to buy high brass upland game loads of #6s. I run 8 shot out of a modified choke almost all of the time now. I used larger shot size before and had MUCH better results with 8s. I do still use the upland loads when i run and gun though. The 1 1/4 oz of #6s in a high brass shell will give the extra reach i need for the high flyers i deal with from hard calling.

02-05-2016, 03:26 PM
I reload 1 1/4oz 7.5 and 5 mixed 50/50 by weight. I stuff this in a nitro 27 shell with a rp-1 wad over 30gr of long shot. Every crow I hit is DRT. Patterning your gun is far more important than shot size though. Like paper with a 30in circle at 30 yards patterning, not shooting a can or a tree limb and looking at the damage.

10-24-2016, 03:38 PM
I don't use anything bigger than 6's anymore. I prefer 7 1/2 or 8's in magnum shot. I try and reload as much as I can too.

12-20-2016, 06:55 PM
I use 7 1/2s and 6's. I had an expensive day duck hunting when we got mobbed by crows and sent some blindside at em.

Gadget Bob
02-23-2017, 03:39 PM
Hi boys,

As many have stated, 7 and 1/2's are an excellent choice for crows. I have tried everything from 10 shot to 00 Buck, and they all work, but 7.5's seem to deliver the most consistent results for the Texas Crow Patrol.


Gadget Bob - www.TexasCrowPatrol.com

02-24-2017, 03:19 PM
I was talking to Bob Aronsohn about this very subject, and he recommended 7, 7 1/2, or 8 shot, but make sure they are magnum. We used to call them chill shot. They will hold their shape when hitting wings and bone.

03-03-2017, 07:46 PM
I like 7 1/2. We loaded up some light loads of 8's one year, but seemed to have a lot more wounded birds.

03-04-2017, 10:59 AM
Using magnum shot is more important than the size, according to Bob Aronsohn.

12-20-2017, 01:01 PM
Hogh brass 6s. Full chock

01-12-2018, 01:31 PM
I reload my own, low-brass with 1 and 1/8 of number 5s.

Chris B
02-21-2018, 10:58 AM
Iíve experimented w different chokes and loads and the best I have come up w so far is 12 ga mod choke, Winchester AA super sport loads (low brass) 1 1/8 oz, 7.5ís, 1300fps. We have a couple every hunt that manage to walk off but we put up some good numbers.


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Bob Aronsohn
03-10-2020, 08:48 PM
As a general rule guys shoot what they feel confident in shooting in regard to shot size. If I had to pick one shot size for crows it would be a trap load ( 3 dram not 2 3/4 dram ) in number 8 shot. Most of my shooting ( about 80% ) is within 40 yards but the # 8's will kill them pretty well out to 50 yards if need be.

03-11-2020, 11:53 AM
I would think that having several #8's hitting a crow, as compared to lets say one #6, is more effective at killing them. Actually, one shot of either size will kill a crow. I would rather have four #8's hit a crow than one #6, as an example. You are just increasing your chances of bringing the crow down.

Maybe Bob can weigh in on this comparison?

03-27-2020, 10:25 PM
Will a skeet choke work while crow hunting? I've never done the crow hunting before.

03-28-2020, 09:14 AM
It will work, but I wouldn't want it. Imp. cylinder to modified would be my choice, leaning toward modified. If I was doing a lot of long range shooting, I'd prefer full choke.