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Redneck420 12-10-2012 08:41 PM

Rabbits: 12ga, 20ga, or 410ga?
 
What's better for rabbits, a 12, 20, or 410? And what choke tube and shot size is best?.

John_Deer 12-10-2012 11:37 PM

How do you hunt rabbits? With dogs? Jump shooting? spotlighting?

SSGN_Doc 12-10-2012 11:44 PM

I usually use a .22. Have used a .410 once and a 12 ga once. Any of the three will do the job.

orangello 12-10-2012 11:45 PM

If you plan to eat them and will be fairly close, use less lead with the .410, IMO.
FYI, spotlighting them can get you in trouble with the game wardens in many states (including MS); it can also end your hunting when you splatter a skunk up close.

phildenton 12-11-2012 12:15 AM

Any of those will work, my preference is the 410 i inherited, with federal #6 or 6.5 lead shot, 2 1/2" high brass shells. But again, any accurate weapon will kill em.

pe175 12-11-2012 12:31 AM

I use a 12 gauge with remington #6 game loads. I had minimal meat damage with this load from a modified choke at 25-30 yards.

John_Deer 12-11-2012 01:46 AM

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Originally Posted by orangello (Post 1047012)
If you plan to eat them and will be fairly close, use less lead with the .410, IMO.
FYI, spotlighting them can get you in trouble with the game wardens in many states (including MS); it can also end your hunting when you splatter a skunk up close.

I just wrote spotlighting because the OP gave us no info. Thanks for pointing it out to people that spotlighting is illegal. I didn't think that people might go out and spotlight but this is the internet...

orangello 12-11-2012 01:54 AM

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Originally Posted by John_Deer (Post 1047174)
I just wrote spotlighting because the OP gave us no info. Thanks for pointing it out to people that spotlighting is illegal. I didn't think that people might go out and spotlight but this is the internet...

Well, i think they can use lights when they coon hunt at night in MS, but the caliber or shot size is restricted. It varies from state to state like lots of other things. Some people might not check their local regs.

The skunk thing happened to me, the last time i did the spotlighting thing, about 30 years ago. The jacket probably still stinks.

tonydewar 12-11-2012 03:20 AM

get ya a srm 1216 death to all free rainging rabbets (might not be much left to eat tho) but you will get the zombies

303tom 12-12-2012 02:13 AM

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