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#6701094 - 03/09/17 05:54 PM Best 20 ga Jack load?
Creek Henry Offline
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Registered: 01/29/13
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Loc: Dallas
I took my son and nephew jackrabbit hunting in Hamilton county. I was trying some different loads but none of them worked well for out set up. Basically, the shots were all about 40 yards. They were using IC and I was on a mod choke.

Next hunt we will all use full

I tired a 9 pellet #1 buck load... Not good at that range... Too sparse

1 oz #5 load... Seemed to be the best but didn't have great penetration

1 oz #6... Meh. Great up to 20 yards.

So, for big, heavy TX jacks... What should I be stoking my 20 with. Yeah, I may switch back to a 12 with heavy #4 loads but the kids can't handle that yet.

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#6701117 - 03/09/17 06:10 PM Re: Best 20 ga Jack load? [Re: Creek Henry]
rickym Offline
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Registered: 06/14/15
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Loc: texas
Mod choke. With duck loads(steel) for speed/penetration and pattern at that range.
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#6701171 - 03/09/17 07:26 PM Re: Best 20 ga Jack load? [Re: Creek Henry]
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Try a load meant for pheasant. High velocity copper plated #4's. Federal makes a real good one. I use them for knocking squirrel off at ranges up to 40 yards. You don't really need a dense pattern, a couple of pellets hitting the right spot does the trick.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/i...ounds?a=1594534


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#6701382 - 03/10/17 06:40 AM Re: Best 20 ga Jack load? [Re: Creek Henry]
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#6704602 - 03/13/17 09:21 PM Re: Best 20 ga Jack load? [Re: Creek Henry]
Creek Henry Offline
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Loc: Dallas
I think Academy has some affordable #4 pheasant loads. I will look for some #4 buckshot as well. That should have 29 or so pellets.

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#6712357 - 03/22/17 07:18 PM Re: Best 20 ga Jack load? [Re: Creek Henry]
Creek Henry Offline
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I got some 1oz #4s at Academy and also found some 20 ga 1 oz #2 lead loads at chearerthandirt. Those are legal on public land too. So, i should be set for a while. Let's hope the year has a lot of huntng in it

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#6889104 - 09/16/17 10:14 AM Re: Best 20 ga Jack load? [Re: Creek Henry]
Creek Henry Offline
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Loc: Dallas
The #2s worked very well. I still had to double tap most of them though. Jacks are the opposite of dove... Easy to hit but hard to kill. They are tough esp this time of year. The #4s probably worked better that the 5s and I think they patterned better in my sons's 870.

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#6889116 - 09/16/17 10:34 AM Re: Best 20 ga Jack load? [Re: Creek Henry]
Elpatoloco Offline
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Registered: 07/10/15
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I'd use 1 ounce #4. I've never heard of anybody killing Jacks or cotton tails this time of year. Everyone I know waits well after the first freeze to ensure they don't have worms.

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#6889561 - 09/16/17 11:05 PM Re: Best 20 ga Jack load? [Re: Creek Henry]
Creek Henry Offline
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Registered: 01/29/13
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Loc: Dallas
I would not hunt cottons now, I agree on that. The jacks are used primarily as food for the goat dogs and catfish bait.

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#6890458 - 09/17/17 10:39 PM Re: Best 20 ga Jack load? [Re: Creek Henry]
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Registered: 12/13/07
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Loc: Azle, TX
If it is pest control and you don't mind wiping them out in one night you need to use a suppressed .257 caliber PCP Airgun with a Thermal scope. Yes I know it's cheating but I do what works!

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#6904424 - 09/30/17 06:53 PM Re: Best 20 ga Jack load? [Re: Creek Henry]
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If you really want some fun and good practice, do it with your deer rifle. If you can throw dirt on a running jack with a rifle your doing pretty good. Pop and I use to do that before season opened, but that was when we were walking and rocking canyons down by the Pecos.
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#6904655 - 10/01/17 06:34 AM Re: Best 20 ga Jack load? [Re: Creek Henry]
colt45 Offline
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Loc: bastrop county
always used .22lr
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#6904899 - 10/01/17 12:59 PM Re: Best 20 ga Jack load? [Re: Creek Henry]
glocker17 Offline
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Registered: 01/03/16
Posts: 407
Loc: RGV
I think 4's will work, but at 40 yards I would expect some 2 shot kills. Closer should be fine. 22lr is better....

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#6909701 - 10/05/17 09:09 AM Re: Best 20 ga Jack load? [Re: Creek Henry]
Erich Offline
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Registered: 11/11/04
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Loc: Cibolo, TX
at 40yds I think the choke was your biggest problem. a full choke with a reg #6 lead or any buckshot smaller than 0 should be fine. a IPC choke In my experience is useless unless your targets are just very well within range. and at 40yds even a mod, expecially with the lighter shot charge in a 20ga is just pretty thin.
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