shot shells

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by rob1990, May 7, 2013.

  1. rob1990

    rob1990 New Member

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    Will 12ga #8 field and trap shells work for small game also?
     
  2. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Small small game, sure, especially birds, why not? Were I a chipmunk I'd be running and squeeking till I stopped.
     

  3. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Rabbit, quail, dove, squirrel, etc. yes.
     
  4. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    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
     
  5. akers06

    akers06 New Member

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    I wouldn't use#8s for anything beside target shooting...I wouldn't hunt with anything smaller than 6s
     
  6. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    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.
     
  7. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Bigger critters, bigger shot. Would save the #8s for dove and quail. Tried to stay about #6 for rabbit/ squirrel.
     
  8. rob1990

    rob1990 New Member

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    Thanks just wasnt sure if it was diffrent for trap as far as shot size.
     
  9. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    #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
     
  10. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Birds, YES............Anything else too much shot.