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 Post subject: Best shot size for squirrels?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 9:45 am 
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I've used #6's (low and high brass) for tree doggies with decent success but I've heard people say that #5's are better- longer range, more killing power downrange. Anybody find this to be true? What about meat damage?
Also- the only #5's I find at the stores are for pheasant hunting usually and they are $$$. Any cheap #5 loads available?



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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for squirrels?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 3:47 pm 
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I don't know of any sources for cheap #5 shot, it is more of a specialty load these days and one pays accordingly. I always found #6 shot to be fine for squirrels though I did reload lead 5s for years as my all 'round pheasant/duck/rabbit/squirrel/ crow/ etc. load. I don't recall meat loss being any more or any less than with 6s. I found 6s to be fine for squirrels out to 30+ yards which was about as far as I would shoot at them.


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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for squirrels?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 4:55 pm 
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Federal makes a Hi-Power load in #5s. I've found when rabbit or squill hunting,that the larger shot will usually pass all the way through. I've had to pick out 6s and 7 1/2s or lose a tooth!


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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for squirrels?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 12:29 pm 
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You will find that #5 shot will give you less meat damage than #6, there are fewer pellets to put holes in the meat, it will also give you 5-10 extra yrds killing range but a less dense pattern. I have also found #5,s hard to come by almost a special order now. Where I live now I use a .22lr for squirrel, #6 for rabbit and don't have any phesant to hunt so I get by without #5shot.


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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for squirrels?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2005 7:47 pm 
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^77 been using 410ga,1/2 n#6 last two years.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 8:05 pm 
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i like the 2 3/4" #5 federal wing shok loads. even at 50 yards it plows em dead. i find i get pretty good patterns. good shells.

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I use a 22 short, shoot em in the head, don't waste any meat that way.

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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for squirrels?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 3:09 am 
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I dont shoot to many with a scatter gun ,but when I do I use a 20 6's in the open barrel and 4's in the modified. Seems to work for me.if Iam using the ol' 20 H&R, 6's all the way. I worked out some loades for a full choked 12 ,it just wasnt fun , shot too much like a rifle and made a mess even with 1 oz. of 4's. Never liked the .410 , some people do,and do very well with it. never tried a 28. If you can find the shells a 16 with 11/8 of 5's is a stone killer on most furry small game. Hammer


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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for squirrels?
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I dont shoot to many with a scatter gun ,but when I do I use a 20 6's in the open barrel and 4's in the modified. Seems to work for me.if Iam using the ol' 20 H&R, 6's all the way. I worked out some loades for a full choked 12 ,it just wasnt fun , shot too much like a rifle and made a mess even with 1 oz. of 4's. Never liked the .410 , some people do,and do very well with it. never tried a 28. If you can find the shells a 16 with 11/8 of 5's is a stone killer on most furry small game. Hammer


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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for squirrels?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 3:09 am 
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I dont shoot to many with a scatter gun ,but when I do I use a 20 6's in the open barrel and 4's in the modified. Seems to work for me.if Iam using the ol' 20 H&R, 6's all the way. I worked out some loades for a full choked 12 ,it just wasnt fun , shot too much like a rifle and made a mess even with 1 oz. of 4's. Never liked the .410 , some people do,and do very well with it. never tried a 28. If you can find the shells a 16 with 11/8 of 5's is a stone killer on most furry small game. Hammer


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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for squirrels?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 3:38 pm 
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I like 8's for the grays and 6's for the foxes. With 5's you may not have enough pattern density if you hunt in tall timber.


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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for squirrels?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 11:12 am 
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Im no detective, but I think Hammer man dosen't shoot to many with a scattergun :lol:
sorry, just pokin fun at computer goof ups

Early season means heavy cover, I prefer the 22 but if Im shooting into a tree shot seems safer. I don't have a 20 so Ugmo might get some early feild use. If I can find the right shell. I also heard from some old guy that wing - waterfoul loads work great. But this is steel shot yes? I don't waterfoul (yet) but I was under the impression steel is a limitation in range.

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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for squirrels?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 11:59 am 
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I have found that here in NY the big shot works great in the early season. Last year early season all I used was 5 outta a single 12. Late season when the rats are on teh ground I used 71/2 outta a 20. Do what works and what you like, if your comfortable throwing a hand fulla rock do that, you'll find that you'll shoot what your used to better.

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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for squirrels?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 11:39 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for squirrels?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 1:23 am 
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Any shot size from 71/2 down to size bb will get the job done on squirrels I usually use high brass 4,5,6 just like do for pheasants sometimes I shoot them both in the same hunt. Just use a resonable size not to small not to big with a modified choke and have at it.

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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for squirrels?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 3:23 pm 
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It's been a while since I hunted squirrell, since moving to TX from LA. No trees, No squirrells :roll: ...but back in the day, we used high brass 4's. The shot would usually go all the way through the meat and hang in the skin on the other side. That way when you clean them, you don't have to dig the little beggars out of the meat. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for squirrels?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 1:56 pm 
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Hi there,

I will use Rem Express Long Range #5 in 20ga, when the leaves are up. I will also use the same load if, I know them to be in the tall trees. Otherwise the Rem game loads for 20ga are good if they are on the ground. Those are 7/8oz, I get them in 6 shot. Haven't tried the Federal or Winchesters loads that are similar. I also belive that Estate offers a fair range in 16 or 20ga, they might be worth a peek aswell. Can't wait til Sept 1, when bushytail season starts up again.

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 Post subject: Re: Best shot size for squirrels?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 2:52 pm 
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1/2 oz of 7.5 copper plated shot moving at 1300fps out of my Winchester 9410. Does a number on them and the copper plating keeps from pulling the hair into the meat and the extra velocity help more of the pellets get clean throught the squirrel.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2006 7:22 pm 
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high brass 7-1/2's early in the season.......high brass 5's late


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