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Old November 26, 2006, 06:27 PM   #1
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will bird shot ammo work for jackrabbits

will bird shot ammo work for jackrabbits?

my friends grandfather wants me and my friend to be population contol.

the grandfather wants us to help him get rid at least 1/2 the population of jackrabbits.

i want to know if the bird shot ammo will work on rabbits?


or what do you ammo do you recommend for jack rabbits?
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Old November 26, 2006, 08:16 PM   #2
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I used #6 for years on both birds (not waterfowl) and rabbits with success.

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Old November 26, 2006, 08:21 PM   #3
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thanks, i will also be taking my savage mark II. just in case i run out of SG ammo.
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Old November 26, 2006, 09:43 PM   #4
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Different Opinion

Birdshot will not work for rabbits. You need rabbit shot.
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Old November 27, 2006, 09:44 PM   #5
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Re-mark the boxes with Magic Marker. Works fine, as rabbits don't read real well.

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Old November 27, 2006, 10:36 PM   #6
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Yup. Should work fine, at close ranges. For further shots, it'll still work, but 6 and 7.5 will work better than 8 or 9.
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Old November 28, 2006, 09:54 AM   #7
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I agree that 6 shot is a very good rabbit shot. For jackrabbits (big hares), I might lean toward #5 shot, though.
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Old November 30, 2006, 08:51 AM   #8
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Back in the day when I had the misfortune to be stationed in northern Kommifornia, we would go out bunny bustin' on our days off.
I used both #6 Peters blue wonders and my own handloads w/ #5 shot. I don't ever recall any jacks getting away that were hit.
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Old November 30, 2006, 08:22 PM   #9
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6s for cottontail. 4s for jacks.
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Old November 30, 2006, 09:47 PM   #10
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Actually, I grew up busting jacks with the .22LR and the 03A3. After I got out of the Army, I started using the 16GA on them, though.

I used my 32-20 on the hares in Alaska, though. Those suckers are HUGE!

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Old December 1, 2006, 12:40 AM   #11
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thanks for the info. i will also try to take a few with a slug.
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Old December 1, 2006, 02:08 AM   #12
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Buckshot!! You won't have many pieces to pick up afterwards!
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Old December 1, 2006, 04:08 AM   #13
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Jacks are not armor-plated. I've taken dozens and dozens with 16 gauge, low base #6, and full choke. None got away.
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Old December 1, 2006, 08:48 AM   #14
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not if your gonna eat them. #5's are easier to get out.
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Old December 1, 2006, 02:55 PM   #15
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shotgun ammo is too expensive, use a 22 or 7.62x39, or a cheap pistol cartridge like 9mm
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#8 will work, i have used it with great success before,
but
dont forget about pellet guns and bows with target points
ive taken plenty with "toys"
how about live traps, even easier
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Old December 1, 2006, 04:41 PM   #16
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They're not out yet, and when they do start shipping them, they'll probably be expensive. But if that jackrabbit is going to end up on the dinner table, I suspect these edibel shot shells will work as well

http://www.seasonshot.com/How.cfm

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Old December 1, 2006, 04:58 PM   #17
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I'd use #4s ....I did see a jackrabbit hit at close range with a 340 Wthby ,only head and ears remained !!
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Old December 1, 2006, 05:13 PM   #18
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hell ive killed a grouse with .357 birdshot out of the sky. Took me atleast 6 shots to finally nail it though. It was near death on the ground and i had to finish it off. I think they use #9 shot in pistol shotshells? Killed plenty of squirells with #8 plinker 12 gauge loads. Dead before they fall off the branch, and even with the best placed .22s sometimes it takes a second or 2 for them to stop squirmin.
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Old December 1, 2006, 06:00 PM   #19
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When I first posted above, I was thinking cottontails, not jackrabbits. I'd be using 4, 5, or 6 shot - maybe even 2 shot - for jack rabbits.
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Old December 1, 2006, 09:50 PM   #20
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I have used high brass #6 for rabbits all my life. I use that size shot in my 20, 16,and 12 ga shotguns. Since it works so well, I just never tried anything else when rabbit or squirrel hunting with a shotgun.
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Old December 1, 2006, 09:55 PM   #21
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high brass no. 6's and 5's steve
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Old December 1, 2006, 11:44 PM   #22
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"I'd use #4s ....I did see a jackrabbit hit at close range with a 340 Wthby ,only head and ears remained !!"

Sounds like my experience with a ground squirrel and a .300 WinMag at about 25 yards! The hide was keeping the head and back legs attached to one another . . . it was kind of like a squirrel numchuck!
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Old December 2, 2006, 02:29 AM   #23
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i will not be eating them. i am population control.

maybe see some yotes out there and get them too.
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Old December 4, 2006, 02:00 PM   #24
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My dad shot a jack rabbit in full stride at about 30 yds with #8 Winchester dove loads in September when we were dove hunting.

I guess it depends on distance too.
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Old December 5, 2006, 12:51 PM   #25
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Distance matters....At the usual range I take rabbit (< 50 ft., cottontails) #6 does a fine job. If shooting further, I'd consider #4.
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