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Can I use #8 Federal 12 Ga. shotgun shells to kill squirrels? I'm having a pest issue and this is all I have.

Question by LeftAwake. Uploaded on December 28, 2012

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from Treestand wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

YES....But #6/Shot would be better do to the colder weather there hide is tougher, #8/Shot will ball-up in there fur. Good Luck....Happy New Year.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Uuuhhhhh! Yep, #8's will work just fine.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

All about distance again. If you shoot them 30 yds, and in....dead squirrel. When you hit a clay target right on at around 35yrds coming out of the trap house, and it turns to powder, the squirrel is dead as well. And a fact...a #8 SHOT coming out of a 12 ga trap load, is no more "powerful" than coming out of a 20 ga...same amount of energy basically.

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from Knife Freak wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

8 shot will work, but I prefer 6 it doesn't tear up the meat as much.
Knife Freak

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from Knife Freak wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Heck you can shoot a squirrel with a .5o cal the question is do you want meat?
But seriously it will work.
Knife Freak

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I shoot squirrels with whatever I happen to have in the gun. If you don't want the meat it doesn't matter.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

If it's a pest issue, and #8 shot is all you have, it will get the job done, but #6 shot would be better.

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

that'll just about do'er!

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Hi...

Since they're "pests", perhaps you just want to get rid of them...not eat them?

Then the #6 might be slightly better at varying ranges.

Do you have a .22? They will also do a fine job...plus let you hone up on your marksmanship.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

#8s will work. I prefer #6s though for better range and to minimize the pellets in the meat.

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from WILLHAM48 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

yes, it will work. about anything will as long as you use it at a short enough range.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

As a pest control issue at close ranges . Yes indeed. Head shots are always a good bet even with #6. Limited your shots to under 30 yards and you should have no problems. You did say PEST, right? Who cares if the are shredded or not after fact

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from Treestand wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

YES....But #6/Shot would be better do to the colder weather there hide is tougher, #8/Shot will ball-up in there fur. Good Luck....Happy New Year.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Uuuhhhhh! Yep, #8's will work just fine.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

All about distance again. If you shoot them 30 yds, and in....dead squirrel. When you hit a clay target right on at around 35yrds coming out of the trap house, and it turns to powder, the squirrel is dead as well. And a fact...a #8 SHOT coming out of a 12 ga trap load, is no more "powerful" than coming out of a 20 ga...same amount of energy basically.

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from Knife Freak wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

8 shot will work, but I prefer 6 it doesn't tear up the meat as much.
Knife Freak

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I shoot squirrels with whatever I happen to have in the gun. If you don't want the meat it doesn't matter.

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from Knife Freak wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Heck you can shoot a squirrel with a .5o cal the question is do you want meat?
But seriously it will work.
Knife Freak

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

If it's a pest issue, and #8 shot is all you have, it will get the job done, but #6 shot would be better.

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

that'll just about do'er!

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Hi...

Since they're "pests", perhaps you just want to get rid of them...not eat them?

Then the #6 might be slightly better at varying ranges.

Do you have a .22? They will also do a fine job...plus let you hone up on your marksmanship.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

#8s will work. I prefer #6s though for better range and to minimize the pellets in the meat.

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from WILLHAM48 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

yes, it will work. about anything will as long as you use it at a short enough range.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

As a pest control issue at close ranges . Yes indeed. Head shots are always a good bet even with #6. Limited your shots to under 30 yards and you should have no problems. You did say PEST, right? Who cares if the are shredded or not after fact

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