what size shot do you use

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what size shot do you use

Postby spoonerlab » Sun Jan 25, 2009 6:36 pm

what size shot do you use for squirrels out of a 12 gauge. i went out yesterday to try out a new gun and was usin #4s (it was all i had) and i got a few but one i had to shoot again because it was crawling away but, well there wasnt much left to eat and i realized that 4s are over kill :oops:
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Postby ajmorell » Sun Jan 25, 2009 8:04 pm

I only use my shotgun early in the season when my shots are very close and the leaves are still on the trees, but I use high-brass 6 shot out of my 20 gauge 870. Later in the season I switch to my 22 WMR for head shots :biggrin:
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Postby spoonerlab » Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:07 pm

yea this was my first time using a shotgun, normally i would use a 22 but i wanted to shoot the new gun :smile:
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Postby 20bolt » Sat Feb 07, 2009 5:56 pm

We use 7 1/2 here.

At 30 yrds they still have plenty of energy, and the step from 6s to 7 1/2 gives an awful lot more shot for a bigger pattern at that range.

I only went 4 or 5 times this year with the shotgun, but our squirrels seem pretty frisky.
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Postby bluelund79 » Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:12 pm

When I did use the shotgun (alot younger and no other guns) I used 6 shot high brass out of a modified choke.. I tried to aim as close to the head as I could to keep as much meat as possible.
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Postby killmaster » Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:52 am

I like high brass 6's.
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Postby REDGUN » Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:49 pm

bluelund79 wrote:When I did use the shotgun (alot younger and no other guns) I used 6 shot high brass out of a modified choke.


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Re: what size shot do you use

Postby lbhntr » Sun Jun 21, 2009 10:28 pm

i use a 20 gauge with an extra full choke and low brass 7 1/2 but i try to shoot the front part of the head it doesnt tear the meat up
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Re: what size shot do you use

Postby Sagebrush » Sat Jul 04, 2009 1:37 pm

A 12Ga handles a load of 6's very well , while the smaller gauges will do better with 7 1/2's if shooting 1oz or smaller payloads.

22's are great and even large calibers can be used if you can "Bark" them, by shooting the limb of the tree and make the bullets
energy cause the limb to stun or kill the game.

There is also a weapon for the youngsters not old enough to shoot guns..................the old "Whamo" sling shot with ball bearings or marbles can bring home dinner with a lot of practice.
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