Best close range small game/varmint load?


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Craiger12
January 29, 2013, 11:11 PM
What size shot would you recommend for small game or varmint hunting with12 or 20 gauge? I realize this is a very broad question and I really don't have any specifics to add at this time. I'm just looking to gather as much knowledge as possible and appreciate all input. Thanks in advance.

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Chevelle SS
January 29, 2013, 11:13 PM
I prefer #6 for Rabbit. #7 1/2 for squirrel.

drcook
January 29, 2013, 11:22 PM
I have been using #6 for rabbit and squirrel. The gentleman that I hunt with, only hunts squirrels with his dogs, uses 5 and 4's (when he can find them) for knocking squirrels out of the tops of big oaks. We have been hunting an area full of pin and other species of oaks and shag bark hickories that are pretty tall.

n5odj
February 18, 2013, 09:20 PM
For critters that I don't intend to eat, I use #4 buckshot. For edible types, squirrels, etc, I like #6 shot.

Robert

rcmodel
February 18, 2013, 09:42 PM
In 12 ga, #5 gives the best balance of retained energy per pellet and pattern density per charge.

Those two things together puts the most energy on target per pellet, at the longest range possible for bird-shot.

Smaller varmints like rats may require smaller shot and more pattern density to get enough shot on target.

Larger varmints like coons and coyotes my require larger shot and less pattern density to get enough penetration per pellet.

You gots to know your varmints.

rc

n5odj
February 18, 2013, 09:59 PM
RC, I agree with your statements. I wasn't going to mention my specific "varmint", but I will now to clarify my recommendation of #4 buckshot. I'm talking about stray/wild cats.

303tom
February 18, 2013, 11:09 PM
2`s or 4`s...................

Boattale
February 19, 2013, 10:00 PM
Hard to beat an ounce and a quarter of #6 shot at 1400 FPS for a top notch feral cat load. 4's or 5's would be fine too. For a shop shotgun load where I might see a cat or a coyote, I keep Remington's duplex #2 x #4 hevi shot in the chamber.

greyeyezz
February 20, 2013, 01:59 AM
BB shot.

SenecaGunner
February 20, 2013, 01:14 PM
varmints #4 shot & bigger #6 for small game

rszwieg
February 20, 2013, 05:24 PM
I use 2 3/4" #5s for rabbit and squirrel...and the rare pheasant. 3" BBs work great for coons and canines.

ZVP
February 20, 2013, 05:42 PM
Ask whoever is feeding the cats to stop because you are killikng them and I bet the problem goes away!
In this day and age people just walk away from houses and just leave the pets to fend for themselves. Sure is a low statement towar human kind's humanity.
Many Strays are sick and/ or dying and you are doing them a favor.
ZVP

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