Guys, DJ is a tall and skinny built type of young man. He told me that he was hunting with a Mossberg 835 Ultra Mag, 3.5 inch 12 gauge, with a 28 inch barrel. Shooting 2 3/4", number 7 1/2 shot, and I'm sure the cheapest ammo that he could find. If you've never handled an 835 Ultra Mag, it's a big and heavy gun.
I didn't ask DJ what choke tube he was using, so not sure? But cheap ammo is cheap for a reason. One thing that I'm thinking about, with him missing his birds so consistently, he probably wasn't leading them at all. I'm not sure exactly how fast a dove can fly, but they are a small target. And they can dart and veer around very quickly.
DJ will do better the next time he's out shooting. But you've got to figure, when you're shooting 1 for 35, there's a lot of room for improvement.
You know, everyone would be a better wingshooter if we'd have little bit more velocity and another 1/8 ounce of shot. Premium ammo makes a big difference.
If they made a shotgun that would blast out a load of shot at the velocity of a 22-250, and give us a 30 inch pattern at 40 yards. Nobody would ever miss. But, there's no such thing.
My buddy Moe is a very good wing shot and there for a while we'd go out at every chance and crow call, during the off season. We went together and bought crow decoys, we both have electronic calls, mouth calls and all. Helping out my landowners by eliminating a varmint. Sometimes things can get very intense and exciting.
But, it boils down to knowing your gun and your effective range with the ammo you're using.
I apologize for making that "little bit" last all day. I'm at work.