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Old 12-04-2013, 01:29 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by fjmbeagles View Post
THE VERY BEST IS,,,, 7 1/2, High Brass Wincheter SuperX.. Red shell comes in gray box....
I use that exact load, 12ga in the past and now 20ga. I used a full choke and Imp on my 12ga, now use a Mod for my 20ga.

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Old 12-04-2013, 02:23 PM   #22
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I have been hunting with a T/C 45/410 for the last 3 years and it likes 3" #6 as they seem to be different from gun to gun.

Thirty years ago I swore by IMP Cyl 12 ga with "Skeet" loads either 7 1/2 or 8's then I graduated to 20 Ga 1100 with a Rifle Sighted bbl and low brass # 7 1/2.
IMHO it does not take a lot of "Knock Down" to kill a bunny and most shots with Beagles are usually 20-30 yds.

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Old 12-04-2013, 03:16 PM   #23
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In 12ga I like #6s full choke or #4s modified. I don't like picking the #7-8 shot out of the meat( or biting it). I also hunt a lot of row crops so there are many shots taken 35-60 yards out and full choke reaches out there to "touch em".

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Old 12-04-2013, 04:03 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by Macman14 View Post
I was wondering what everyone's opinion was on what is the best shell/shot combo for rabbits? Both 20 and 12 gauge.
I use 20 ga Winchester super X # 6 shot.
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:20 PM   #25
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I like #5 soft lead 7/8 oz 12 ga. reloaded with red dot. Very little destruction when used with ic.
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:17 PM   #26
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I like Fiocchi 1 1.4 oz 12 and 20 gauge #4 & 5 for Swamp rabbits #6 & 7.5 for cotton tails. Get a case for less than $100. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2013, 12:17 PM   #27
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I went to Wally-World and got my hunting license I was running low on shells.I hunt with a 20 Ga. 1100.Most of the time I use high brass 6's or 5's.Prefer the 5's.All they had was two boxes of high brass 4's.I got them they work,but it ain't pretty if a rabbit is any closer than 30 yds.
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Old 12-06-2013, 12:55 PM   #28
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One thing about having all high powered shells, you can always shoot squirrels or grouse too. lol
down here 6 or 7 will kill a rabbit or a quail. jmho
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Old 12-08-2013, 05:32 PM   #29
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I have been using 7 1/2 game loads in a single shot twelve gauge, for many years. I have killed well over a hundred rabbits, in that time, and most fell on the spot or within a few feet. The small shot are very effective on both cottontails and swamp rabbits. I've had very little problem with too many shot in the meat. On very close shots, I aim at the tip of their nose and thus avoid blowing them apart. If I miss, I don't worry about it anyway. I used #4s and 6s years ago but, switched to the lighter loads when my son gave me some for Christmas one year. I ran short on ammo and decided to try the game loads and was pleasantly surprised at how effective they were. They are a lot easier on the shoulder with that old single shot also.

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