I'd recommend 6 for rabbits, 4 or 5 for turkey, 7.5 for squirrels and a good rifled slug for deer, brenneke slugs are what I like. Be advised that a SLUGS SHOULD NOT BE SHOT THROUGH FULL CHOKES. Also, a full choke will blow a rabbit or squirrel to pieces if fired at close range. If this is a fixed choke gun, I would not advise using it for all the game you asked about. DO NOT SHOOT SLUGS THROUGH FULL CHOKE
I agree with Trout except for 7 1/2`s for Squirrels. I have seen them run with even good hits from 6`s and 7 1/2`s, even at close range. With that full choke, for squirrels I would go with 4`s or 5`s and aim for the head, you can use 6`s if they are pretty close. Make sure they aren`t in a V of a tree or they can get trapped there. Now that I think of it, aim for the head on all game with a full choke especially if you want to eat them. Use high brass 2 3/4" shells. A little more $$$ but well worth the extra thump.
ok,thanks,i just got my first squirrel of the year last weekend,with my .410 ,i baited him in with corn,and used #5 ,they are one of the most accurate shells i own.I got a clean headshot behind the ear and good eatin too! Since im not a shotgun expert ,i know i sound stupid,but i dont know what full choke is.Could i use buckshot?
Please don't take this the wrong way, but be careful how you word things. I can't see a WCO coming to look for you over a baiting a squirrel (technically you did in the eyes of most), but your not going to do yourself any favors with stories like these. There is an incredible amount of help on this site. Most of us did stupid stuff when we were younger, it just wasn't in print for the world to see.
As said above, a 20ga with interchangable chokes is a very versatile hunting arm. You generally can't go wrong with #6 shot & a 2 3/4" shell for small game. Good luck & be safe.
ok thanks,and could i use it for deer or turkey?,ill try not to bait them in,but that dang squirrel steals the food out the trap all the time,i finally got rid of him.ill try to get some small foot traps soon!