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Old 09-26-2013, 06:19 PM
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Default squirel shot size

just wanted some thoughts on what is the best shot for a 12ga pump shotgun for squirrel. Id use a 410 or something else but other than my rifles, my slug guns, and my muzzleloader and some of my tactical guns, the shotgun is the only one I really can use. So what size shot and ammo should I use for squirell and rabbit.
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:27 PM
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I hunt with a 20ga, but I like 5s or 6s. Enough pellets for a fairly full pattern at 30yds or so but the pellets are still large enough to get through the hides and do some damage.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:25 PM
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yea I def am gonna invest in a 20ga soon. I have a 20 guage slug gun but that wont work ha. Maybe since the 12ga is a little more bang bang, should I try a 6-7
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:59 PM
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I use number 6.
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Old 09-27-2013, 05:44 AM
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#4 high brass, full choke. I've been hunting these same squirrels for years, they don't often give me a chance for a close shot.
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:07 AM
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Squirrels, 7 1/2 if I'm expecting to see fox squirrels, 8 if primarily grays. It kills more by concussion than penetration, kind of like punching one real hard. Doesn't tear up the meat.

For rabbits, I use 6.

Both cases 12 gauge, modified choke.

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Old 09-27-2013, 07:49 AM
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I like #5, sometimes #6. The smaller shot sizes make it hard to clean the meat.
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:08 AM
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I use a 7 shot size for my 12ga, She kicks like a damn mule, But I gotta love her though.
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:33 AM
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#6 and full choke
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:47 PM
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6 or 7.5 high or low brass out of both my 12 and 16 ga mod choce
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