Squirrel hunting with a 12 gauge shotgun,what size load?

Discussion in 'Small Game Hunting' started by flatheadchris, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. flatheadchris

    flatheadchris New Member

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    well i have a 22. and a 12 gauge,i wanna try the 12 gauge

    what size is right for a squirrel? is a 7 to big?
     
  2. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I would consider 7 to small, I would go with 4 or 5 sized shot for squirrels.
     

  3. Cherokee

    Cherokee New Member

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    I like to use 6 shot
     
  4. Keeyaawww dat is a good question....I usually use #6 lead shot because its a little heavier dan #7 or 7 1/2 and seems to bring dem down pretty good. I used #4 once and it seems to bust dem up too much and lead shot makes a bad gravy when dey is more lead dan squirrell.....lol...Hiope dis helps but mostly try in your area and see what works best for you....dats how I got to da #6 loads....
     
  5. BIGCAT DADDY 71

    BIGCAT DADDY 71 New Member

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    i'am with jack, i use # 5
     
  6. old poot

    old poot New Member

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    If you are still hunting #6 hi-power,if you are hunting with a dog use #6 LOW BRASS
     
  7. kycatman01

    kycatman01 New Member

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    i have always used hi-power 6 shot. with the hi-power, you get more distance.
     
  8. catfishkatmando

    catfishkatmando New Member

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    Hi bras 6's sound good to me.
     
  9. charliep

    charliep New Member

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    High Brass #6 is m
     
  10. charliep

    charliep New Member

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    High brass #6 is my bushy tail load of choice for 12 ga.
     
  11. Believer

    Believer New Member

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    I'm using trap loads, #8 and having no problem.
     
  12. channelcat_tracker

    channelcat_tracker New Member

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    so i dont blow the squirrel up, i use 8 shot or 9 shot. reall good. 7 is maximum and 6, youll never get your squirrel. best bets, use the .22!
     
  13. derbycitycatman

    derbycitycatman Well-Known Member

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    I use 5 or 6's for early season to try and punch through the leaves. Late season I switch to 7's. I like high brass when I can find it.
     
  14. young catfisherman

    young catfisherman New Member

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  15. FishMan

    FishMan New Member

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    I would never use a shotgun for a squirrel. Use the 22, much cleaner. I bet you are a good enough shot for the 22.
     
  16. flatheadchris

    flatheadchris New Member

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    i never miss with my 22 garenteed :cool2:
     
  17. field989

    field989 New Member

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    i use STEEL SHOT


    winchester either double a or super X

    i think its super x steel
    in a gray box with #6 shot...

    IT IS PERFECT

    drops them EVERYTIME
    and no shot in meat... maybe 1 or 3 pellets
    its great though i get long shots and everything out of that mossy 835 turkey gun

    its the perfect bushy tail shotgun
     
  18. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    #6 in a 2 3/4" shell. Those 3.5" shells seem to be a bit much for squirrels.
     
  19. field989

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    i use the 2 3/4 also...
    forgot to mention that...

    yea they are quite a bit much lol
     
  20. Backwater

    Backwater New Member

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    No one said whether we are hunting gray squirrels or fox. I think 7 or 71/2 are plenty for the little grays I ran into in GA and AL. But the fox squirrles here in West TN are at least twice as big. I use hi-power 6's.