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Old 12-10-2012, 07:41 PM   #1
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Default Rabbits: 12ga, 20ga, or 410ga?

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

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Old 12-10-2012, 10:37 PM   #2
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How do you hunt rabbits? With dogs? Jump shooting? spotlighting?

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...
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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.
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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

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Lewis & I use a .410 & 3in. #4, this is Lewis..............

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