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got a new Rem . 870 , 20 gauge

May 15 2012 at 8:11 PM
eric  (Login talon24)
YF

First shot gun ....in preparation for the season later on I will be trying out various ammo . started buying 2-3/4 , 1OZ # 6 (Remington) but looking for recommendations for fall squirrel and perhaps crow hunting , typically 20-40 yards. Seem to be difficult to find larger birdshot than # 6 ?? Was hoping for light recoil for jr to try as well .

This 870 comes with a modified choke (which i will stick with for the time being) and yes I was planing on eating the tree rats. Any recommendations on on-line vendor, brand and actual shot size/load , thanks in advance.

 
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fred
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#6 is good for tree rats and large birds. I use

May 15 2012, 8:54 PM 

a 22lr for tree rats. more challenging and better range. head shots save your teeth!

 
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jesse
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if your going to eat a rat wouldn't it be better to trap it?

May 15 2012, 10:21 PM 


 
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eric
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yes but DNR rules are

May 16 2012, 10:13 AM 

shot gun only , no air or 22 rimfire allowed and no trapping ....

 
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WoodyJ
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It's been 45 years since I hunted tree rats with a shotgun ...

May 16 2012, 3:41 AM 

but from what I remember (with a 12 guage).  #6 shot with regular power shells (say 1100 fps) had to pick through lots of shot when eating.  #4 shot high power shells (say 1280 fps) went all the way through and no crunchy shot to eat around.

 
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Dwight Callis
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Eric, Shame on you , ( shotgun on squirrels )...nt

May 16 2012, 6:56 AM 


 
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Tom
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shotgun or rifle

May 16 2012, 8:56 AM 

Where i grew up in Kansas, we had big fox squirrels, they would stay still long enough for a shot with a rifle. But in the South, they have greys, and they are constantly moving, almost necessary to use a shotgun.

 
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eric
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i know ....

May 16 2012, 10:14 AM 

i would prefer air but not allowed , dont want to end up in the slammer

 
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