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Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by rob1990, May 7, 2013.
Will 12ga #8 field and trap shells work for small game also?
Small small game, sure, especially birds, why not? Were I a chipmunk I'd be running and squeeking till I stopped.
Rabbit, quail, dove, squirrel, etc. yes.
Almost IMO, and Winchester's, etc. Here are their recommendations...
Target Shooting Games (lead shot)
16 yard Trap - 8, 8-1/2
Handicap Trap - 7-1/2, 8
Skeet - 9
Sporting Clays - 7-1/2, 8, 8-1/2
Live Pigeon - 7-1/2
Upland Game (lead or tungsten alloy shot)
Turkey - 4, 5, 6
Pheasant - 5
Chukker, Grouse, and Partridge - 6, 7-1/2
Quail - 7-1/2, 8
Dove - 7-1/2
Rail, Snipe and Woodcock - 7-1/2, 8
Rabbit - 6, 7-1/2
Squirrel - 6
I wouldn't use#8s for anything beside target shooting...I wouldn't hunt with anything smaller than 6s
Just shared my personal experience. Shot lots of dove and quail using #9 shot 30+ years ago. My Daddy said he preferred #9 because you had more pellets in the pattern.
Last time I shot dove, fall 2010, I used #8 shot.
I shoot #5's for pheasant, #4 for turkey.
Bigger critters, bigger shot. Would save the #8s for dove and quail. Tried to stay about #6 for rabbit/ squirrel.
Thanks just wasnt sure if it was diffrent for trap as far as shot size.
#8 for early season Dove. #7 1/2 for later season, they fly faster, higher and are more skeered so the larger shot is handy for the longer shots.
#8 for quail and woodcock.
#6 for Pheasant and squirrel
#4 or 6 for Rabbit
Birds, YES............Anything else too much shot.