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12 gauge for squirrel hunting? Anonymous 06/12/14(Thu)11:20 UTC+1 No.331679 Report

Does anyone here hunt squirrel with a 12 gauge? Would a 12 gauge with a modified choke loaded with #5 or #6 shot high brass be sufficient for hunting squirrel? Should I aim the sight bead in front of the squirrel's nose or next to the squirrel's head so that only a few pellets hit the squirrel? Should I use a different choke and/or number of shot? Any other advice for a beginner?
Anonymous 06/12/14(Thu)11:43 UTC+1 No.331684 Report


I just use .22 shorts out of my back window. I've thought of breaking out my .410 though.
Anonymous 06/12/14(Thu)12:17 UTC+1 No.331690 Report

how big of a squirrel we talking
Anonymous 06/12/14(Thu)14:30 UTC+1 No.331718 Report

I do, I use my 12 gauge and carry different shot for different animals, usually get them while grouse hunting.
Anonymous 06/12/14(Thu)14:44 UTC+1 No.331724 Report

I've used a 12 gauge for squirrel with great success.

1oz #6 low brass with a modified choke
Anonymous 06/12/14(Thu)14:48 UTC+1 No.331726 Report


I've seen it done.
It's amusing but an expensive way to varmint...
Anonymous 06/12/14(Thu)15:38 UTC+1 No.331744 Report

A typical Florida gray squirrel. They aren't as big as the squirrels up north in MI and such.
Anonymous 06/12/14(Thu)19:27 UTC+1 No.331793 Report

Expensive, but it works quite well.

Take bird short, 5 or 6's medium load cartridge (dont know what's it called, in the US we call them 28 grams)

If you dont get too close you shouldent damage much, if any, of the meat. If you dont care about meat and it's for pest control, take a numer 4 cartrdige 30 grams and above to blast them through the leaves and out of their nests. (Fairly common method in the UK, Youtube has some vids on it)
Anonymous 06/14/14(Sat)15:52 UTC+1 No.332765 Report

I used a .410 but you'll end up eating some pellets, so now I use a .22.
Anonymous 06/14/14(Sat)19:36 UTC+1 No.332853 Report

Not op, would aiming to the front of squirrel help reduce number of pellets embedded without impacting lethality? Also, I assume that one just has to manually remove all the pellets before cooking?
oyster 06/14/14(Sat)20:26 UTC+1 No.332888 Report

I use a pellet shot out of my old bb gun
Anonymous 06/15/14(Sun)00:42 UTC+1 No.332979 Report

The fox squirrels (the ones with the orange bellies) in Michigan are bigger than gray squirrels, yes. But the gray squirrels (which are almost all black) are a lot meaner.
Anonymous 06/16/14(Mon)09:07 UTC+1 No.333671 Report

Use a fucking .22 or a cheap air rifle (my $30 Crosman 760 drops squirrels just fine and pellets are a lot cheaper than bullets).
You're going to eat it after you kill it, right?
Anonymous 06/16/14(Mon)09:14 UTC+1 No.333673 Report

I never have pellets in my squirrels because I aim for the head. However, I've never removed shot from birds. I just spit them out.
I let my cats play with squirrel tails, sometimes I put them in a container with catnip for a while.

>be 16
>dad has new gf
>wealthy city girl from California
>we're poor rural Wisconsinites
>eating grouse because she's never had it
>spit bb
>laughter all around
>she tears each piece apart before eating it
>tell her it's steel even though it's lead because she's worried about lead poisoning
Yuppies, man.
Anonymous 06/16/14(Mon)10:07 UTC+1 No.333692 Report

I use a 12ga with an extra full choke and cheap target loads. Yes, I aim a little ahead of the squirrel to keep shot out of the meat.

This works very well.
Anonymous 06/16/14(Mon)11:58 UTC+1 No.333719 Report


>eating lead
Anonymous 06/16/14(Mon)12:24 UTC+1 No.333722 Report

you can spit it out you fucking dolt
Anonymous 06/16/14(Mon)14:17 UTC+1 No.333747 Report

enjoy being sterile
Anonymous 06/16/14(Mon)16:43 UTC+1 No.333791 Report

>implying I have a gf
>implying I want kids
Anonymous 06/16/14(Mon)16:49 UTC+1 No.333795 Report

i bet you ate lead paint chips as a kid you dont need to worry about it
Anonymous 06/16/14(Mon)18:41 UTC+1 No.333826 Report

Wall candy, fuck yeah!
Anonymous 06/16/14(Mon)22:22 UTC+1 No.333931 Report

You can also use steel shot then check meat using a magnet.
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