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Old 11-08-2012, 04:15 AM   #1
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Default Hunting with target loads - 12 ga?

Hi everybody!

So, perhaps a dumb question, but I have a bunch of Federal 12 ga #8 target loads, and although I can't find it now for the life of me I swear that when I bought the case that it said "not for hunting" or "for target use only" or something like that.

Is anyone familiar with that, and either way is there a reason that I wouldn't want to hunt with target ammo?

I guess that it being lead shot that there are environmental reasons if I were waterfowl shooting as it would poison the water. (hence why steel shot is sold). Aside from that is the target lead not "food safe" or extra dirty as it is not meant for hunting?

As always I appreciate the responses!

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Could be lower powered enough to be inhumane. If the manufacturer says not for hunting then don't use it for that.

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They will still work for close range action on small size game.

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Hi everybody!

So, perhaps a dumb question, but I have a bunch of Federal 12 ga #8 target loads, and although I can't find it now for the life of me I swear that when I bought the case that it said "not for hunting" or "for target use only" or something like that.

Is anyone familiar with that, and either way is there a reason that I wouldn't want to hunt with target ammo?

I guess that it being lead shot that there are environmental reasons if I were waterfowl shooting as it would poison the water. (hence why steel shot is sold). Aside from that is the target lead not "food safe" or extra dirty as it is not meant for hunting?

As always I appreciate the responses!
Is it 12 ga 3 drams powder and 1 ounce shot? Small game, dove, squirrel, rabbit, etc. inside 30 yards, likely ok.

I am 51 years old and have eaten game of all types shot with lead all of my life, no adverse effects on health so far. Well maybe those extra helpings of mashed 'taters and gravy were problematic.

Target lead shot is no different than game loads. Some specialty loads may be coated with copper or something, e.g. Federal's turkey loads.
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If they are low recoil or handicap loads I wouldn't use them for hunting. The idea is to handicap shooters shooting clay, not to wound animals. Handicap loads are used for competitions to get a winner in a reasonable amount of time. If top shooters were allowed to use 1 1/8 oz loads they would shoot for days before you had a winner.

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I use these right here all the time on Quail................
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1601139664/remington-gun-club-target-ammunition-12-gauge-2-3-4-1-1-8-oz-7-1-2-shot

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Perfect for ruffed grouse.

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Of course I can always be wrong.

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Quail and grouse are very easy to kill and shots are almost always close. Low power loads are great.

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I used my trap and skeet loads for dove.
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