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Super-Dave
March 10, 2009, 10:43 AM
Based on your personal experiences not what the manufacture suggests, what game do you take with the following shot?

#9
#8
#7
#6
#5
#4
#2
BB
BBB

jmr40
March 10, 2009, 10:53 AM
I use #2 steel for ducks
BB steel for Geese
00 buck for Home defense
#5 or #6 for turkey
#7 1/2 field loads for everything else.

When I squirrel hunted a lot with a shotgun I used #6 because theri hide is a little tougher than some other small game animals.

hogdogs
March 10, 2009, 11:06 AM
8 and 9? Nuttin...
7 1/2 rabbits close in as well as tree rats
6 rabbits and squirrels out bit farther
4 coons or close in yotes.
#3 buck for yotes out farther or in my 20 gauge 2 leggers.
rifled slugs for deer and hogs
00 for 2 leggers out of my 12 or deer if I am "jumping" them out just scouting.
Brent

Maromero
March 10, 2009, 11:10 AM
#9, #8, #7 1/2 For dove hunting, whatever is cheapest at the moment.

#6 used it for duck hunting when lead was permisible

#4 #2 Steel for duck hunting.

#00 for pigs

Super-Dave
March 10, 2009, 12:19 PM
Would I be correct to assume this


#9,8,7 for birds, squirels, snakes and rats

#6,5,4 for rabbits, raccoons, possums, cats, armadillas

#2, BB, BBB, ducks, turkeys, chupacabres


If this is not correct let me know what is wrong.

dalecooper51
March 10, 2009, 02:38 PM
I have used and currently use:

8.5 for clay pigeons.
6 for small game.
Slugs for Deer.

I havent hunted anything but those frustrating clay pigeons in a while so all my loading is done with 8.5.

rem870hunter
March 10, 2009, 02:41 PM
7-8 for grouse,woodcock,squirrel in close.
6-7 rabbit,squirrel in trees or heavy brush.
4,5,6. one of those for turkey still checking my spread/shot cloud to see which is best.
2,BB steel for duck,goose

Dave McC
March 10, 2009, 08:11 PM
I like 8.5 shot for clays, but do not use it or 9s on live stuff.

8s are limited to quail.

7.5s are for dove, etc.

6s for squirrels, rabbits and close in ringnecks.

4s for ringnecks and turkey.

Except for quail, I prefer hard shot for game.

Hevi 2s for Geese.

HTH....

6x6pinz
March 10, 2009, 11:47 PM
Would I be correct to assume this


#9,8,7 for birds, squirels, snakes and rats

#6,5,4 for rabbits, raccoons, possums, cats, armadillas

#2, BB, BBB, ducks, turkeys, chupacabres


If this is not correct let me know what is wrong.
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The only addition would be #9,8,7 would add clay pidgeons. Other than that, spot on:)

oneounceload
March 11, 2009, 06:57 AM
9, 8.5, 8, 7.5 - clay targets and dove and quail
6,5,4 - Pheasant, wild chukar, sage grouse, rabbits
all the rest - turkey to waterfowl

RetiredLawman
March 11, 2009, 01:24 PM
FWIW, I only buy two sizes: 7.5s and 6s. For deer, slugs.

7.5 for pertnear everything that flies except pheasants and turkeys.
6s for turkey and squirrel and like size animals.

I don't waterfowl, so I mostly buy promo loads of 7.5 and 6s.

rantingredneck
March 11, 2009, 02:18 PM
I typically use 7.5's for doves. I haven't quail hunted in years but used the same then too. I do occasionally take some 6's with me to the dove field in case the birds are flying high that day.

I use 00 buck or slugs for deer.

I use heavy 5's or 6's for turkey

I use 6's for squirrels and rabbit.

That about covers it for me. Don't do the waterfowl thing. I don't hunt mythical creatures.

CWB1
March 12, 2009, 10:11 AM
Mine pretty simple

Dove low brass #8
Ever thing (except deer) high brass 7 1/2

freakshow10mm
March 12, 2009, 10:25 AM
Targets and doves: 7-9
On the ground: 6
In the air: 4

I use #4 shot for everything though.