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Old 09-20-2010, 07:18 PM   #11
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I shot Squirrels with a 20 ga and not Blasted it to smigerines. Yes there're pellets. I only seen may be 3 or 4 total. Once you skin it you will clearly see were the pellets went and be able to remove the shot. Contrary to to popular belief shotguns don't make game explode into a vapor.

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Old 09-20-2010, 07:38 PM   #12
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Thank you, sir, for the very fair opinion. No, unless you are up close and personal, shotguns do not obliterate small game. I don't think it's too difficult to remove a few pellets. Like another Forum member commented, we use shotguns on doves (and quail.)

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There's nothing wrong with using a shotgun on small game like squirrels. The main reason I use a .22 rifle is I'd rather hunt than just shoot them. Hunting with a shotgun ensures you'll have plenty of squirrel for breakfast or supper. When I'm expected to bring in a limit for somebody such as the landowner I'll sometimes use a 12 gauge with high brass #4. The larger shot contributes to a clean quick kill and adds more range while making less holes.

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IMO, honing the hunting and rifle skills on small game helps when the big game seasons open.

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People tell me I should use a .22 rifle for squirrel hunting. I did that as a youth. The only way you're going to bag a squirrel with that firearm is if it is sitting still. Many times squirrels are fast moving and you only see a glimpse of them. This is especially true before the leaves drop. If you want to get your limit, or at least several for the table, what's wrong with a shotgun with No. 6 or No. 7 shot?
Not a darn thing! If I were going for a meal or early in the season I wouldn't hesitate to use a scatter gun. Later in the season when the trees are open I think using a .22 on squirrls is more of a challenge and as much fun as deer hunting; you just don't get as much to eat!
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When I hunt small game like squirrels and bunnies with a .22 I prefer to use open sights because it helps me to track them as they move. just my 2 pennies.

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Easier to carry a game bag full of squirells than a 150 # of deer.

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Our native red squirrel is under threat of extinsion from the Canadian grey. In UK we shoot the buggers on site. With any means available.

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Excellent idea.

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The one thing I like to take into account is that a .22 will travel nearly a mile, that being said, if you have a good backstop go for it, kinda the "I shot an arrow int the sky" scenario. I've bagged many squirrels with my 20 and haven't broken a tooth on a pellet yet.

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