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New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? #7999295 10/05/20 09:09 PM
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What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? Is the .410 caliber a better choice for squirrel? Thanks!

Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #7999307 10/05/20 09:14 PM
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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? Thanks!

For Squirrel, any birdshot will do, but you might be better with a little heavier shot. Say 6 or 6 1/2. If you have a .410 already, then yes, it is a better choice IMO. Same advice on shot size there.


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Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #7999325 10/05/20 09:21 PM
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#6 game loads. The 410 will do a lot less meat damage.

Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #7999326 10/05/20 09:22 PM
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I'd go with the .410


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Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #7999584 10/06/20 12:07 AM
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I prefer #6 shot. Makes it easier to pick out the shot when you skin them. I would also choose a 20 gauge over a .410, simply for economic and availability reasons. 20 gauge shells are cheaper and easier to find.

Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #8000824 10/07/20 01:31 AM
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#6 shot in 20 gauge. As a new hunter you will probably have some challenges getting close and the 20 gauge gives you more effective killing distance than a .410.

Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #8000991 10/07/20 03:32 AM
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Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #8001654 10/07/20 07:32 PM
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On the .410, you'd have to pattern it to make sure it groups okay at the range you figure the squirrels are.

Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #8001732 10/07/20 08:32 PM
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Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #8001735 10/07/20 08:34 PM
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#6 is great for squirrels & rabbits.

Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #8002035 10/08/20 12:31 AM
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Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #8002545 10/08/20 01:47 PM
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Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #8002968 10/08/20 08:02 PM
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#6 game load. Yes a 410 or 20ga will do less damage.


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Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #8007783 10/13/20 01:34 AM
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#4 or #6

Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #8009242 10/14/20 04:20 AM
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First thing I ever hunted was squirrel. I was using a single shot .410 with #4 shot. Brought home a lot of food at 12 years old with that gun. Still hangs on the wall to this day.

Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #8014109 10/18/20 01:38 AM
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Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: Sniper John] #8014282 10/18/20 03:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Sniper John
#6 game loads. The 410 will do a lot less meat damage.


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Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: RGLass] #8014520 10/18/20 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by RGLass
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This and head shot only bolt

Re: New to hunting. What is the best 12 gauge round for squirrel? [Re: TexasHunterFisher49] #8016769 10/20/20 02:47 PM
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I began my first Squirrel hunt with a 12 gauge Smith & Wesson 1000 semi-auto. It worked great. As time pressed on I decided to try a .410 & it was a no-go. Tried a 20 ga & it was a no-go.

Hunting in East Texas amongst the 85 ft Pine trees required a hi-brass load to break thru the foliage. I settled on #5 shot which Remington now markets as Pheasant loads. I have never been disappointed with #5's in my 12 ga.

Sold the S&W & pulled my 1965 Browning Auto 5 from its box in Oct 2018. I love that gun!!


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