#243 | Shotgun Talk with Phil Bourjaily

Episode 239

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Nick Larson

Nick Larson is the host and creator of the Birdshot Podcast. He and his family, which includes a pair of English setters, reside in Minnesota where he grew up and fell in love with the outdoors. Naturally, his favorite pursuit is upland bird hunting dating back 25+ years from his humble beginnings as a “partridge” hunter. Today, he chases adventure across the uplands wherever his bird dogs and the people he connects with inspire him to go.

Shotgun Editor at Field and Stream, Phil Bourjaily, joins the show to discuss shotgun and wingshooting technology, innovation, history and more.

Show Highlights:

  • Dove hunting 101
  • How Phil became a shotgun writer
  • 28 gauges are neat! Magic or myth…
  • The joys of a lightweight 12 gauge – R.F.M. Venus
  • Value in vintage 12 bores
  • Phil loves late season pheasant hunting
  • “As bore size increase, so does pattern efficiency”
  • Shotgun noise / decibel study
  • Thoughts on hearing protection
  • Phil’s gun fitting with Del Whitman


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