Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Rabbit hunting with a 12ga.

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by p5200, Oct 3, 2009.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. p5200

    p5200 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2009
    Messages:
    211
    Probably a dumb question but, I'm new to hunting and fairly, new to shotguns. I've done a lot of rifle target shooting just for fun over the years but, I'm starting to get up in years with health going down and hunting is just something I've wanted to do for years and was wondering if the 12ga. would be too big for rabbit hunting I really like 12 gauges and wound up with two of them. Thanks for any help! :)
     
  2. Arkel23

    Arkel23 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2009
    Messages:
    525
    Location:
    Florence, SC
    No. 12 ga's are not too big for rabbit. Pray, and your health will get better.
     
  3. wankerjake

    wankerjake Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2008
    Messages:
    1,873
    Location:
    Flagstaff AZ
    Yeah 12ga kills rabbits dead. If you want to eat them I recommend shooting them in the head with a rifle, but if not then a 12ga is the way to go. I like a stiff load of #6 shot myself.
     
  4. Dambugg

    Dambugg Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2009
    Messages:
    163
    Like he said it depends on if your going to eat them. I grew up hunting rabbits with a .22 we ate them and sold their fur so a shotgun was too much for our purposes. I hope your health gets better.
     
  5. Bud Tugly

    Bud Tugly Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2007
    Messages:
    524
    Location:
    Ishpeming, MI
    A 12 would work if that's what you've got, but IMO I'd stick to no more than 1 oz loads and 7/8 might be even better. Rabbits are very easy to kill, and if you make a body shot with a 1 1/4 oz load at 15 yards there won't be much left over for eating.
     
  6. Leaky Waders

    Leaky Waders Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2003
    Messages:
    828
    Location:
    Content listed as posted by me may have been edite
    Yeah, I'd go with a modified or improved cylinder with #4 or #6 shot.

    Rabbits, if they aren't chased by a dog...will usually run like a 30 yard circle and then stop behind a clump of grass or something. You can wack them then or chase them with the gun as the sprint about.

    They die easy and taste good. If you shoot them in the summer months they may have wolves in their skin...fly larva. Yeah gross right. Poor bunnies.
     
  7. p5200

    p5200 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2009
    Messages:
    211
    Thanks for all the good tips as I know nothing about hunting I do, have a couple .22s I might try one of them also. my .223 is too heavy to pack around and I don't think I need it or my 30-06 for rabbits. :D Thanks again. :)
     
  8. TheVeteran

    TheVeteran Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2009
    Messages:
    38
    The secret isn't really the gun, it's the type of ammo you use.

    Personally, I hunt squirrel and rabbit with my 12 gauge using "low-brass" loads, meaning the amount of punch behind the BBs and the weight of them are significantly less.

    In fact, one time I blasted a grey squirrel from less than two yards away. "YOU must have blown it to pieces!" everyone shrieks, yet you couldn't even tell I hit it. The small BBs went right through it.

    ..it's about the ammo.. Usually Wal Mart has pictures of the animals generally hunted by the round on the box so it's easy. Get the ones with the squirrel or rabbit on them.
     
  9. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Member

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2005
    Messages:
    23,171
    Shotguns shoot pellets. It doesn't matter if a pellet comes from a 12, a 20 or a 28. A #6 pellet is a #6 pellet. Bigger bores just mean more pellets in the pattern, so you can choke a bit more open and make the shot easier.

    Do not use small birdshot like #8 on rabbits. I've done it, and it was inhumane. I would not do it again, as I think it's a breach of hunting ethics. I used a 12 Gauge, but that made no difference.

    #6 shot should work, though.
     
  10. interlock

    interlock Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2008
    Messages:
    909
    Location:
    Lincolnshire, England
    for 12 gauge i have shot lots of rabbits. they are good sport. i use 5 or 6 shot with 1 oz or 1 1/16 loads. just standard game loads. at 30 odd yards they aren't too badly peppered. you will get plenty of good eating from them.

    interlock
     
  11. MCgunner

    MCgunner Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2005
    Messages:
    24,960
    Location:
    The end of the road between Sodom and Gomorrah Tex
    I have shot lots of rabbits with the 12, the 20, and the .410 and they don't taste any different. You can eat 'em, just don't bite down too hard and if you feel a pellet, spit it out. :D Heck, I was eatin' a goose the other day, shot with a 10 gauge. It had a steel T shot in it, danged big, .20" diameter, damned near buckshot. It was shiny and pretty. :D
     
  12. UnclePete

    UnclePete Member

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2008
    Messages:
    83
    Location:
    Moray, Scotland
    Strongly agree with armed bear, do not use smaller than 6 shot.
     
  13. Sav .250

    Sav .250 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2007
    Messages:
    3,344
    Location:
    Central Fla
    12 ga will do the trick.
     
  14. wankerjake

    wankerjake Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2008
    Messages:
    1,873
    Location:
    Flagstaff AZ
    Hmmm, I've shot plenty of cottontails with #7 1/2 and #8 shot and it does the job just fine. #6 hits harder for sure and is better at longer distances. But within range birdshot kills cottontails. Jackrabbits on the other hand are much bigger, and #6 or smaller is a better choice. The best rabbit load I've used was a high base load with #6 shot. It hit hard and made short work of many rabbits.
     
  15. Ske1etor

    Ske1etor Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2008
    Messages:
    618
    Location:
    Marrero, Louisiana
    Rock out those .22 for rabbits P5200. It is more fun in my opinion and does less damage to the meat.
     
  16. JCisHe

    JCisHe Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2009
    Messages:
    280
    Location:
    Orion, MI
    .22LR
     
  17. Marlin 45 carbine

    Marlin 45 carbine Member

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2007
    Messages:
    2,477
    Location:
    South-Western North Carolina
    depends. I've taken them with a .22 several times caught them just hopping around. generally if I'm going after rabbits I'll take my 12 or sometimes my 20 ga with low brass #6.
     
  18. Kurt S.

    Kurt S. Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2002
    Messages:
    420
    Location:
    Brewster County, Texas
    I've always used a 12 or 20 with low-brass #6 or #4, modified choke on rabbits. Just be a little careful with cleaning and preparation.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page