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Shot Size & Chokes for Rabbits/Hares #6919537
10/13/17 09:42 PM
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When November comes, me and my son will be heading to some public hunting grounds to see if we can get some rabbits.
However, none of them allow rifles, so the .22LRs will stay home.
We'll be taking the 12 Gauge Shotgun instead.

I've never hunted rabbit with a shotgun, only my .22LR

Can any of yall recommend the proper shot size and chokes for rabbits?


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Re: Shot Size & Chokes for Rabbits/Hares [Re: AdanV] #6919546
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If only hunting rabbits, normally I use #6 game loads with IC to Cyl choke.

Re: Shot Size & Chokes for Rabbits/Hares [Re: AdanV] #6920103
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Oh okay, pretty much the same thing when I'm dove hunting.

Thanks.


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Re: Shot Size & Chokes for Rabbits/Hares [Re: AdanV] #6920285
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We use Hevishot Duck 3" #4's for rabbit hunting with
a mid range choke

Re: Shot Size & Chokes for Rabbits/Hares [Re: AdanV] #6922483
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An ounce of 6 or 7 1/2 will get the job done. I use a modified choke.

Re: Shot Size & Chokes for Rabbits/Hares [Re: AdanV] #6922524
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What Sniper John said. Been my go to combination for bunnies for years.

Re: Shot Size & Chokes for Rabbits/Hares [Re: AdanV] #6922540
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if they would allow air rifles that would be the ticket


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Re: Shot Size & Chokes for Rabbits/Hares [Re: AdanV] #6922572
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Originally Posted By: AdanV
Oh okay, pretty much the same thing when I'm dove hunting.

Thanks.


Dove hunting I normally use a field load. Game loads generally are a slower fps and or less shot than a field load. For dedicated shotgun rabbit hunting I also prefer to carry one of my lighter shorter barreled guns.

Re: Shot Size & Chokes for Rabbits/Hares [Re: uplandhunter] #6922603
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Originally Posted By: uplandhunter
We use Hevishot Duck 3" #4's for rabbit hunting with
a mid range choke


Your joking right?

Re: Shot Size & Chokes for Rabbits/Hares [Re: Sniper John] #6922618
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Originally Posted By: Sniper John
Originally Posted By: uplandhunter
We use Hevishot Duck 3" #4's for rabbit hunting with
a mid range choke


Your joking right?
Good for those 60-90 yard shots.....


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Re: Shot Size & Chokes for Rabbits/Hares [Re: AdanV] #6925035
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I love using a 410. When using a 12 or 20 I found a lot of the meet was wasted when i would shot them running but if I got a shot while it was still that was not a problem because i would take a head shot.

Re: Shot Size & Chokes for Rabbits/Hares [Re: AdanV] #6925121
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I like #5 or #6 pheasant loads for squirrels, they will knock the stuffin out of a rabbit also. Use whatever you have, they are not that hard to kill.


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Re: Shot Size & Chokes for Rabbits/Hares [Re: chalet] #6932435
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Originally Posted By: chalet
I like #5 or #6 pheasant loads for squirrels, they will knock the stuffin out of a rabbit also. Use whatever you have, they are not that hard to kill.



I agree with this and no choke titer than modified.


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Re: Shot Size & Chokes for Rabbits/Hares [Re: AdanV] #6949171
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Cotton tails don't need much to go down. Texas Jacks do. #5 or 6 modified choke for one, #2 lead 1 1/4 oz full choke for the latter

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