18 Doves/Minute with the Winchester SX3 20 Gauge

Doves are a major ecological problem in Argentina where a significant amount of crops are consumed the birds. Bird shooters from all over the world head to the Cordoba region of Argentina where there are an estimated 30 million doves (for comparison, the whole of Argentina has a population of just over 40 million people!) for hardcore shooting.

Scott Breeze headed to the Cordoba region, sponsored by Winchester, to break the dove shooting record. He shot for 14 hours, with just one 20 minutes lunch break, and downed over 15,000 birds with 16,000 shells. That averages close to 18 doves per minute! Two Winchester SX3 shotguns, chambered in 20 gauge, were used with one being loaded while the other was being fired.

Winchester had this to say about the hunt

All the doves shot by Scott, and by the many other hunters who go to Argentina, are utilized as best as possible. Some are eaten by the hunters, the rest are distributed to the local farmers and others who also eat them or utilize them for livestock feed

Watch the video here …

[ Many thanks to Frank for emailing me the info. ]



Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Blake

    video link is broken….

  • looks like heaven

  • gunslinger

    that’s a hit ration of 91.75% Not too bad.

    but the killer is that it’s about 20 shots a minute? even at 20ga, that seems brutal.

    now i can’t wait to hear about some pesky origination about the “evil” of killing birds. but at 30mill, that’s quite a pest problem.

  • J

    Whats the point of this???

  • Cymond

    J, this servers several purposes. First, it proves the durability and reliability of the firearm. Second, it proves that the recoil is light enough that one man can fire 16,000 rounds in one day. Third, it’s one heck of a publicity stunt.

  • Jim

    It always saddens me to see shooting/hunting industrialized like this. It’s like an assembly line of death. However, I also recognize that if these doves are causing environmental issues there isn’t a much better option to deal with them.

  • Royi

    On the contrary, yesterday, I paid 15 euros for a small dish of roasted dove breast in a Berlin restaurant… And it was the best thing I ever tasted. Melted right on my tongue.

    In my country, we call doves “feathered rats”, but from now on, I’ll call them “feathered delicacies”. Can’t believe these things are a plague when they taste so good.

  • Marc

    They better used steel shot or they created another environmental problem.

  • mattw

    That is over $10,000 worth of ammo alone. Sounds like a fun but expensive and exhausting day!

  • Zander

    Ummm I know this might be a bit ill received but your post said there were TWO shotguns. Yet somehow I managed to see FOUR shotguns being cycled through.