got a new Rem . 870 , 20 gauge

got a new Rem . 870 , 20 gauge

Joined: June 21st, 2006, 10:40 am

May 16th, 2012, 12:11 am #1

First shot gun ....in preparation for the season later on I will be trying out various ammo . started buying 2-3/4 , 1OZ # 6 (Remington) but looking for recommendations for fall squirrel and perhaps crow hunting , typically 20-40 yards. Seem to be difficult to find larger birdshot than # 6 ?? Was hoping for light recoil for jr to try as well .

This 870 comes with a modified choke (which i will stick with for the time being) and yes I was planing on eating the tree rats. Any recommendations on on-line vendor, brand and actual shot size/load , thanks in advance.
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Joined: June 15th, 2010, 9:38 pm

May 16th, 2012, 12:54 am #2

a 22lr for tree rats. more challenging and better range. head shots save your teeth!
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Joined: June 14th, 2007, 7:51 pm

May 16th, 2012, 2:21 am #3

if your going to eat a rat wouldn't it be better to trap it?
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Joined: July 13th, 2002, 10:13 pm

May 16th, 2012, 7:41 am #4

First shot gun ....in preparation for the season later on I will be trying out various ammo . started buying 2-3/4 , 1OZ # 6 (Remington) but looking for recommendations for fall squirrel and perhaps crow hunting , typically 20-40 yards. Seem to be difficult to find larger birdshot than # 6 ?? Was hoping for light recoil for jr to try as well .

This 870 comes with a modified choke (which i will stick with for the time being) and yes I was planing on eating the tree rats. Any recommendations on on-line vendor, brand and actual shot size/load , thanks in advance.
but from what I remember (with a 12 guage).  #6 shot with regular power shells (say 1100 fps) had to pick through lots of shot when eating.  #4 shot high power shells (say 1280 fps) went all the way through and no crunchy shot to eat around.
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Joined: October 4th, 2009, 5:32 pm

May 16th, 2012, 10:56 am #5

First shot gun ....in preparation for the season later on I will be trying out various ammo . started buying 2-3/4 , 1OZ # 6 (Remington) but looking for recommendations for fall squirrel and perhaps crow hunting , typically 20-40 yards. Seem to be difficult to find larger birdshot than # 6 ?? Was hoping for light recoil for jr to try as well .

This 870 comes with a modified choke (which i will stick with for the time being) and yes I was planing on eating the tree rats. Any recommendations on on-line vendor, brand and actual shot size/load , thanks in advance.
Eric, Shame on you , ( shotgun on squirrels )...nt
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Joined: July 24th, 2005, 2:05 pm

May 16th, 2012, 12:56 pm #6

Where i grew up in Kansas, we had big fox squirrels, they would stay still long enough for a shot with a rifle. But in the South, they have greys, and they are constantly moving, almost necessary to use a shotgun.
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Joined: June 21st, 2006, 10:40 am

May 16th, 2012, 2:13 pm #7

shot gun only , no air or 22 rimfire allowed and no trapping ....
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Joined: June 21st, 2006, 10:40 am

May 16th, 2012, 2:14 pm #8

i would prefer air but not allowed , dont want to end up in the slammer
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