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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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What a pretty pup! Looks like would rather run bunnies than eat! Have not had a good rabbit dog in ages- it was great. *Envy*
 

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I remember a cousin and I shot one while quail hunting once. 12 ga size 8 shot low brass. If you're gonna eat them use a .22 or a .410.
 

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I like a .410 when hunting with dogs. When jump shooting rabbits the shots tend to be longer so a 20 ga fits the bill better. I have bagged many a bunny with 12 ga 00 buck. Nothing but the top of the rabbits head was damaged. Gauge doesn't matter as much as picking good shots. If you shoot rabbits running away you are going to shoot up the meat with any shotgun.
 

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Comes down to personal preference really....410 sure makes it fun! Take the challenge out of it and you soon lose the fun and excitement of hunting...just my two pennies worth
 

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20 gage 870 Wingmaster for me.

This is me (2nd from the right), my buddy and smartest guy I know Travis with my 2 sons and my 3 beagles, Lilly Sonny and Gus. I'm sorry to say Gus (far right) died in his sleep last night...sad day for me :(
 

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I use 12 gauge with Remington #6 game loads. 28 inch vent rib and IC choke. Pretty good setup and doesn't ruin the meat too bad.
 

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410 pump for me plus a good dog, have not gone rabbit hunting for 25 yrs and always had a good beagle for my companion
 
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