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Offline mitch

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12 gauge
« on: July 02, 2005, 09:18:17 PM »
What do you guys think, is a 12g too big for squirrels and other small game? I'd like to get one but I'm not sure if I should go with a different gauge.

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Mitch

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Re: 12 gauge
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2005, 09:35:40 PM »
Most have a pretty good kick. the larger the shot gun, the more pellets it will put in a given area , thus a lower chance for a miss. I use one when the situation or law requires it. I like it for mixed bag hunting. I've gotten a few quail on my way across the field from one squirrel stand to another. I personally can't do that with a rifle,and I'm not that good of a wing shot and can use the advantage of the extra pellets in my pattern.
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Re: 12 gauge
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2005, 10:43:44 PM »
Yes i am new here but I still have a piece of mind to speak. The only true way to hunt squirrel is with a .22. Remington 870's  12ga. are great for Duck hunting and 20 ga is great for upland game but there is no sport in my opinion in shooting a squirrel with a shotgun. .22 and my Tennessee Brindle Cur is the way to hunt squirrel. If you need a good squirrel pup i may be breeding her soon. Hunt hard and Hunt long.

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Re: 12 gauge
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2005, 12:14:48 PM »
Yes i am new here but I still have a piece of mind to speak. The only true way to hunt squirrel is with a .22. Remington 870's 12ga. are great for Duck hunting and 20 ga is great for upland game but there is no sport in my opinion in shooting a squirrel with a shotgun. .22 and my Tennessee Brindle Cur is the way to hunt squirrel. If you need a good squirrel pup i may be breeding her soon. Hunt hard and Hunt long.

I have to disagree with you on that for just a second. Now, I've taken several squirrels with my Marlin 780 .22 and have tried to keep them all head shots, and I've taken squirrel with my pellet rifle, and I have taken squirrel with a shotgun before too. While I will admit that a direct hit will give you a mess of a squirrel and not a whole lot of salvagable meat, there is still some sport to it. Personally, I prefer to use a long gun for most of my hunting, but I can't nock a guy for wanting to use a scattergun if that's what he likes to use. Kinda like the guys who use .270's .300's, or .308's for yotes or prarie dogs. I prefer to use a smaller, less explosive round for the job, but if that's what you prefer to use, then by all means, use it. O0
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Re: 12 gauge
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2005, 07:33:51 PM »
Tenman in my opinion your an idiot. Dont tell me the way i hunt is not a sport. I hunt squirrel with a 12g and shure they blowup but thats the way i like it. Mitch get a 12g because you can hunt more with it. And squirrel is great shooting with a 12. Plus that way if you decide to hunt waterfowl you can.

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Re: 12 gauge
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2005, 12:13:24 AM »
AS I said sometimes the situation or the law requires it. Around here,the public land is limited to shot gun only,that means not even a pellet gun. Some of the private land I've hunted is composed of mostly field with small woodlots at the borders. Due to urban sprawl the area adjacent to the property lines may be a little built up and for safety's sake the limited range of a shotgun is a wise choice. Take in to concideration where and what you will be hunting.The shotgun is a great all-around firearm and if money is tight or you're just starting out and need something that will cover all the bases then the shotgun is the way to go,you can get other firearms that will will work best on this or that, but the shotgun will get you going for anything in the U.S. and most of Canada. Many come with or have available rifled barrels that will deliver deadly accuracy with a slug out to 100 yds and a little more for deer. Theres a huge variety of chokes for other Hunting situations.Most shotguns come with 3 interchangeable chokes, so you could make do with them for a while, and a rifled slug will often hit close enough at fifty yds to gett'er done for deer, if you don't want to pop for the rifled barrel.
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Re: 12 gauge
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2005, 01:49:52 AM »
Tenman in my opinion your an idiot. Dont tell me the way i hunt is not a sport. I hunt squirrel with a 12g and shure they blowup but thats the way i like it. Mitch get a 12g because you can hunt more with it. And squirrel is great shooting with a 12. Plus that way if you decide to hunt waterfowl you can.

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That is quite an attitude to take...what a hunter you are.  Why not get a 10 gauge and use 3 1/2" magnums...they will "blow up" better...lol! ;D

IF... I were to use a shotgun for squirrels it would be a .410, but I use a .22 and try for head shots only...I said try...lol. :)

Anyone using a .17hmr for squirrels?  I think the .17 would be fun and challenging.  O0
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Re: 12 gauge
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2005, 02:40:54 AM »
 :shock: Uh oh, sportsman... now you gone and done it. You said the secret word. If you want to learn anything and everything there is to know about the HMR, this is the place. Some of these guys have shrines built to their HMR's and asking them about them is like asking a mormon missionary (I can make this remark, I'm mormon. :twisted: ) why Joseph Smith is such an important firgure in the religion.

Anywho, I don't see anything wrong with using a scattergun for a tree rat. It's all in personal preference. If you want to use a .22 or scattergun for ranges under 35yds, then by all means do so, but when you demand head shots at 125yds, everybody here will bow down to the HMR. ^-^
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Re: 12 gauge
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2005, 05:15:00 AM »
:shock: Uh oh, sportsman... now you gone and done it. You said the secret word. If you want to learn anything and everything there is to know about the HMR, this is the place. Some of these guys have shrines built to their HMR's and asking them about them is like asking a mormon missionary (I can make this remark, I'm mormon. :twisted: ) why Joseph Smith is such an important firgure in the religion.

Anywho, I don't see anything wrong with using a scattergun for a tree rat. It's all in personal preference. If you want to use a .22 or scattergun for ranges under 35yds, then by all means do so, but when you demand head shots at 125yds, everybody here will bow down to the HMR. ^-^


I have to agree with you Sniper...weapon choice is, and should be, each hunter's preference.  So I suppose if all someone wants to do is "Blow up" the game they are after...it's their choice...so have at it. 

I did use a 20 gauge side by side for squirrels when I was just starting to hunt as a boy.  It was my mother's shotgun...an LC Smith and I still have that gun today.  It only leaves the gun cabinet now to be cleaned occasionally.

As far as my .17 is concerned...it does a fine job on ground hogs in the bean fields here in Indiana...out to 150 yards or so. O0 
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Re: 12 gauge
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2005, 09:37:12 AM »
Asports, which model of the LC Smith do you have? I found a beautiful trap model for a buddy that had the other two, giving him the full set.  The great thing was, it was a sleeper in a sporting goods store and they actually didn't know it's full worth. He searched for years for that one to complete the set, and I accidentally found it there in one of my old hangouts. We got it really CHEAP! Ks_, we live just a few miles upriver from Nauvoo. Wife and I were there weekend before last. I used to run a bread routh there. You been there yet?  If and when you do get there, you better swing by here! Back to the thread, .17HMR RULES! I have two here now, and was going to shoot the .17 shootoff target yesterday, but it was just too windy, gusts up to 27 MPH. Sept. 1, Iowa squirrels will D-I-E by .17HMR destruction again! I have shot squirrels with just about everything, prefering my choice of the .17. Heck, one time while  deer hunting in Utah, my buddy and I shot the heads off a nice bunch blue grouse with our .30/06s.
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