Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by lobo9er, Feb 14, 2011.
You eat squirrel???
3 1/4 - 1 1/4 -# 6 when I can find them. They pattern more evenly than magnum #6 in my gun. I hunt tall timbered river swamps so #7 1/2 are a little lacking in penetration on long shots and peppers them too much on shorter shots. The pattern on #4's thins out too quickly.
All guns do not pattern the same so buy several varieties and pattern yours. Try to balance an even pattern, density, and penetration at the ranges you shoot.
1 oz. of #6s because the cat is no longer a "mouser"
The cat is 15+ years-old and no longer keeps the field mice at bay. I now shoot the squirrels to provide an occasional tasty treat for our red foxes who now hang around and as a result eat the field mice as dessert.
Since I don't eat the tree rats I'm not concerned about the amount of pellets in 'em. If I was going to eat them I would use #4s.
Careful when you mess with Mother nature though - I was thinking of raising some quail, but with so many foxes around (As many as 7 have shown up at one time in our yard) this will now be a challenge!
I recall hitting one from about 10-12 ft. with a high brass #8, full choke. Not much left. Barn cats loved it.
I quit hunting squirrels with a 12 gauge a long time ago. Too much shot. A 410 with 3" number 6s and full choke will do the job without ventilating them.
Oh, yeah. Check here.
My .22s have taken more squirrels than I can count.
Heck yea they're good eating, very high in cholesterol, but good. I don't hunt nor eat them much anymore.
might not see to meny. wasn't sure if birdshot was a good idea if eating them was part of the equation.
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