Late-season pheasants are notoriously difficult to bring to bag. Ever-decreasing flora, combined with frigid temperatures and high hunting pressure, result in hearty, far-flushing birds that seem to shrug off shot. Everyday “heavy-game loads” aren’t enough. Featuring IMR Blue propellant, the slowest-burning of the company’s five new powders, the recipe below will keep you from singing the blues. Propelled by 35.5 grs. of the clean-burning, magnum-type propellant, 1 3⁄8 ozs. of deep-penetrating, hard-hitting, nickel-plated lead shot attains 1311 f.p.s. and, as evidenced at right, produces superior patterns at long distances. In fact, so good are the extended-range patterns that, when teamed with a quality “turkey” choke, it can easily pull double-duty for spring gobblers. When fitted with a TRUGLO 0.643" Strut Stopper Xtreme choke tube, at 30 yds. the M3000 placed 73 pellets (or 31 percent) within a 10" circle surrounding the point of aim.