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 Post subject: Re: Shot size for raccoons?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:00 am 
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Uglydog, the cheap load is a pheasant load from Herter's at Cabela's, and for $13 I can get #2 shot from Remington at Academy, and for $15 #4 Buck from Rio at Cabela's.




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 Post subject: Re: Shot size for raccoons?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:08 am 
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I've shot a few coons for food on an opportunistic basis, mostly while squirrel hunting. They are tough animals and can get pretty large. If I was to hunt them purposely with a scattergun, I'd use heavier loadings of #4 lead.


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 Post subject: Re: Shot size for raccoons?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:18 am 
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Off topic here, but is coon any good. My dad, who grew up in the depression, said they weren't very good and greasy?

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 Post subject: Re: Shot size for raccoons?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:27 am 
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Can't be any greasier than whale.


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 Post subject: Re: Shot size for raccoons?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:20 pm 
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It's real good if cooked properly, especially the younger ones.


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 Post subject: Re: Shot size for raccoons?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:50 am 
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Hello everyone we keep a 12 ga gun loaded with #4 lead high brass full choke and I know for a fact you will roll a coon at 35 good steps no problem done it many times at our feed barn and in a pinch those #4 will do a lot to bigger varmints as well


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 Post subject: Re: Shot size for raccoons?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:44 am 
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Shotgun poor, what shells? Brand, model number etc?


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 Post subject: Re: Shot size for raccoons?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:22 pm 
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What I have in the farm truck is
Kent Cartridge Ultimate Fast Lead with Diamond shot
12 ga , 2 3/4 , dram equivalent 4 1\4 , oz shot 1 1\2, size 4, velocity 1420
could not tell you how much a box is I buy a case at a time but it is a very good load over kill on small game like squirrel rabbit and what not hope this helps the first time you shot a coon with it you will see why I keep a few boxes around for varmint problems


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 Post subject: Re: Shot size for raccoons?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:41 pm 
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Hope that helps and get that critter


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 Post subject: Re: Shot size for raccoons?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:47 pm 
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Shotgun, it's about as expensive as Rio 4 buck at Cabela's. $13 plus shipping on the net.


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 Post subject: Re: Shot size for raccoons?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 7:14 am 
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Any 12 gauge, 2¾", 1¼ oz. load of #4 lead will do the trick.


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 Post subject: Re: Shot size for raccoons?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:35 pm 
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My grandfather use to cook some when I was younger he boiled his first then skim off the top drained off the water and bbq it tasted good then but I have not ate any senesce he past away many years ago. Is this how yall cook it lossking


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 Post subject: Re: Shot size for raccoons?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:10 am 
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Your grandfather's method sounds good, I'll try it next time. I use the attached recipe for "Jugged Coon", which is quite good, especially with the younger raccoons, or stew it down in a fricassee with sweet potatoes and serve it over rice.


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 Post subject: Re: Shot size for raccoons?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:22 am 
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I may just have to give it a try


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 Post subject: Re: Shot size for raccoons?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:00 pm 
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shotgun poor wrote:
I may just have to give it a try


I think you'll like it.


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 Post subject: Re: Shot size for raccoons?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:09 pm 
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Try Hevishot Duck 3" 4's.....that shot size is an amazing
all around shell


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 Post subject: Re: Shot size for raccoons?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:27 pm 
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I would say that #4 birdshot at a minimum with #2 birdshot probably being ideal. BB shot would probably be as large as I would go for a raccoon. No buckshot.


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 Post subject: Re: Shot size for raccoons?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:50 pm 
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Don't wast a good shotgun shell on a good coon, 22LR is the only answer. If you can't use a 22 live trap or snare if legal. If that's not an option call a coon hunter. I would also wait until the pelts come in prime before I took the harvest.
They aren't bad eating if you know what you're doing, coon stew! It does take a few to make a good pot of stew and it's a two day process.


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 Post subject: Re: Shot size for raccoons?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:45 am 
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#4 high brass




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