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shells for squirells

I hunt with a 12 gauge and want to know what the best shells would be for squirrels? I don't want to blow them all up but I want enough knockdown power.any suggestions?
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Re: shells for squirells

Early season shots will be closer but through more foliage so I'd go with a 2.75" 1-1/4 oz of #5. Later in the year with less leaves and longer shots I'd go with same payload but #4. Just my opinion.
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Re: shells for squirells

Remington express 6's have always been my favorite.

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Re: shells for squirells

I like 6's because of the denser pattern. A squirrel's vitals are rather small. I like Remington express 1.25 oz mod choke early and 1.5 oz Nitromags out of a turkey tube late. The latter requires restraint on close shots but is effective to fifty or so yards.

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Re: shells for squirells

Don't need much knockdown power but 5s and 4s will well penetrate a squirrel's tough hide.
Distance with a scattergun determines damage more than load so up to 1 1/4 in a 12 is reasonable.
Lot of squirrels are killed by a 410 and 6s but I use a 16 gauge and 1 1/8-5s or 4s through a Model 12's factory full choke.
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Anything in that range, plus or minus a bit, will work if you are doing your part.
Not much rocket science involved in shooting a squirrel.
1 1/8-4s or 5s...or 6s is a nice 12 gauge load...Shurshots are in 6s, maybe the larger shot as well and they come in a swell looking box. But, WW are equal...actually, it is hard to find a bad shotshell.

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Re: shells for squirells

I like an oz of 6 in my 20 with a full choke. just b careful under say 20 yards

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Re: shells for squirells

I have successfully used 5-7 1/2 on lots of squirrels. Depends if the leaves are on...shots are usually closer smaller shot and more open choke. No leaves or very tall timber larger shot tighter choke. But you don't need heavy loads or 3" mag for squirrels.

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Re: shells for squirells

Mod choke and a 12 ga with 6 or 5 should be great. I usually like 6's for all small game except preserve pheasants where 7 1/2 and 6's low brass are the ticket.

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Re: shells for squirells

I haven't shot a squirrel in 40 years. Way back when I did shoot them I used a 16 ga. model 12 with full choke and 1 ounce or 1 1/16 ounce loads of 5's or 4's.
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Re: shells for squirells

I use a 22 caliber rifle. I don't like biting down on lead shot and it ruins a lot of meat. Down south they use 22's and if it isn't a head shot it is dog food.
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