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 Post subject: Best choke for rabbit hunting?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:19 pm 
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I just bought a Mossburg 535 and i was wanting to know what choke is best for rabbit hunting, it came with a full and imp cyl. and also what shot size should i use.

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 Post subject: Re: Best choke for rabbit hunting?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 1:52 pm 
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The choke will depend on the environment you're hunting in. If you're hunting in thick brush or woods where close range shots are expected, go with the imp cyl. For hunting with dogs over open ground, a tighter choke might be advisable.

As for shot size, it depends on who you ask. I've used shot as big as 4 and as small as 7 1/2, and all worked. 6 seems to be a good all-around compromise.

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 Post subject: Re: Best choke for rabbit hunting?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:07 pm 
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I'd check close on your chokes. Most shotguns come with 3. The modified choke is usually installed and the others are extra.

For hunting bunnies, I like to use Imp Cyl , but have used modified if the dogs aren't bringing them back around close. #6s are about the best all around shot. You don't need 3'' mags(don't laugh, I know a guy that used them for rabbit and squirrels) to kill them. A well placed rock will kill a rabbit. Standard game loads work just fine.


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 Post subject: Re: Best choke for rabbit hunting?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 11:06 pm 
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when I walk fence rows, I go with an IC and #6.
or a .22LR
even a few times in my younger days with a .177 Crosman.

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Because God made cats.

 Post subject: Re: Best choke for rabbit hunting?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:39 am 
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I would also suggest using a copper or nickel plated shot. This will avoid the "gray q-tips" that lead shot causes by pushing the fur into the meat. Plated shot has a hardened surface and cuts through, instead of pushing into the animal.

#5s work well, if you can find them and they're a nice compromise between #4s and #6s. An 1 1/8 oz. or 1 1/4 oz. loads will put enough shot into a pattern to do a good job.

I prefer a Modified choke, unless the shots are in a more open area. However, I like tighter patterns and larger size shot for any hunting with shotgun.

Good hunting, Outdoorguy57

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