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Shotgunning squirrels. #4079720 02/24/13 10:21 PM
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Does anyone use shotguns to squirrel hunt or do y'all think its too much? If so, what size shot?


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Re: Shotgunning squirrels. [Re: jlbain94] #4079838 02/24/13 11:24 PM
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I've shot a bunch of squirrels with a 20 gauge shooting 7-1/2 or 8 shot. Used to go walk the woods with 2 guys, one with a .22 and one with a 20 gauge. Its all right if you dont mind spitting a little shot out of your fried squirrel.

Re: Shotgunning squirrels. [Re: jlbain94] #4079884 02/24/13 11:49 PM
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Yes sir, for years. 12ga, #6 .

Re: Shotgunning squirrels. [Re: woodwalker] #4079916 02/25/13 12:09 AM
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I grew up hunting squirrels with a 410 #6

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I have hunted them with a 12, 20 and a 410. However, I prefer using a 22.


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Re: Shotgunning squirrels. [Re: notamtchance] #4080174 02/25/13 01:41 AM
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I grew up hunting them with a 410 and that's what I still use today. #6

Re: Shotgunning squirrels. [Re: catahoula] #4080256 02/25/13 02:15 AM
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Both 22 and 12 ga with 7 1/2

Re: Shotgunning squirrels. [Re: remman] #4080561 02/25/13 03:59 AM
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12ga #6


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Re: Shotgunning squirrels. [Re: Bear Charge] #4082365 02/25/13 09:22 PM
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I prefer the shotgun... I can shoot up in the air at a treed squirrel without worrying about where the projectile is going to land...

Usually whatever the cheapest low-brass I have lying around is...

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Re: Shotgunning squirrels. [Re: GriffGruff78] #4082415 02/25/13 09:37 PM
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I have knocked a few fox squirrells out of tree's with 7 1/2's only to not find them. I think 5's or 6's are a better choice. Fox's are tough.

Re: Shotgunning squirrels. [Re: TF Panther] #4082498 02/25/13 10:12 PM
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12 or 20 ga #4

Going to a 410 now if I can get a good deal on a pump auto or O/U

But really love to hunt them with a 22

Re: Shotgunning squirrels. [Re: kyotee1] #4083433 02/26/13 03:49 AM
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Shot my first squirrel at 6 years old in 1966 with .410 using number 6. Graduated to a 12 using #6 in 1976. I like using a 22 as well, and back in the day, used shorts. Super quite and super deadly.

Re: Shotgunning squirrels. [Re: jlbain94] #4083569 02/26/13 05:40 AM
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I take both a 22lr and a 410 smile

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have killed lots of tree rats with an old Ivory Johnson 20ga and #6 shot.


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Re: Shotgunning squirrels. [Re: kmon1] #4083798 02/26/13 01:33 PM
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Being reared in East Tx. around a bunch of old Squirrel Hunters, I can tell you that most used 20's or 12's and the good ones used
tight chokes, #6 shot and waited on the Fox or Cat Squirrel to look at them over a limb or around the tree and shot just past the end of their nose..thereby hitting the head and not much if any of the body..especially Cat Squirrels which are small to begin with..they are very nervous and won't stay still like a Fox
Squirrel..but if you are a good shot you can kill either w/a 22
rifle w/shorts, longs, or long rifles and even CB caps if you shoot them in the head..Don

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I have used 22, but mostly 410 or 20. I use whatever shells I happen to have around.


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Re: Shotgunning squirrels. [Re: unclebubba] #4086003 02/27/13 03:40 AM
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20 or 12 gauge #6 or #7 1/2

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I always have used a .22. I reserve my shotgun for birds. I would use #6 with a full/extra full choke.

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Re: Shotgunning squirrels. [Re: TEXAN1970] #4086028 02/27/13 03:51 AM
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I mostly use 12 and 20 gauge.

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20 ga #7 1/2 shot and 22lr.

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I always prefered 22, my brother used a 12ga with #6 most of the time.


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