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New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? #7999293 10/05/20 09:07 PM
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What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? Is the .410 caliber a better choice for squirrel than 12 gauge? Thanks!

Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #7999521 10/05/20 11:28 PM
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I always used 6’s or 7 1/2s in my 12 gauge. I think I used 6’s in my 410. Using a 410 will force you to be a better stalker/hunter.


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Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #7999531 10/05/20 11:33 PM
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If you've got the patience to pick out all those pellets, I'd say 6 or 7,1/2s. I use a glassed 22.

Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #7999776 10/06/20 02:46 AM
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Originally Posted by TexasHunterFisher49
What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? Is the .410 caliber a better choice for squirrel than 12 gauge? Thanks!


.410 #6 full choke is my choice when I'm in the mood for shot gunning them.


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Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #8000235 10/06/20 04:08 PM
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I find anything smaller than #6 leaves more pellets in them and they're harder to find.

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4s or 6s

I have some 5s that are ideal

Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #8000335 10/06/20 05:50 PM
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6 or 71/2 . You will appreciate the 12 ga. if your in tall timber.

Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #8000812 10/07/20 01:19 AM
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I like #4, and have even used #2, less pellets in the meat, and sometimes the bigger shot will pass all the way through. I prefer a .22, though, but some areas you can't rifle hunt.

Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #8000820 10/07/20 01:28 AM
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I use #6 or #4 depending on the time of year. But what I really enjoy is using my 22.

Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #8000864 10/07/20 02:01 AM
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No. 8's for me in 12 ga. The BB's USUALLY stay in the skin, not the meat


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Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #8003704 10/09/20 01:20 PM
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I use #4 or #5 shot in both a 12gauge and .410.


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Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #8006494 10/12/20 01:52 AM
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I have had the best results using a 12 gauge, with full choke, and #6 shells--especially during the early season when there are still leaves on the trees.

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