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20/62 for smallgame?

 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:47 am    Post subject: 20/62 for smallgame? Reply with quote

Gentlemen, is it possible to use a 20 gauge smoothbore to hunt squirrel?
Or rabbit? As you all are aware the money problem is real,I cannot afford all the necessary firearms needed so, need to make do with what I have.
Can you (tone-down) a 20 gauge to be able to take small game without total annihilation of said critter? Any advice or experience would be greatly appreciated.



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i guess by your silence,,you don't venture an opinion?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike, you can load that 20 bore to accommodate any type of hunting you would like. It is a bit small for pass shooting at ducks, but will do for ducks coming in to a blind. Squirrels, and other small game are perfect 20 bore targets. You can load up or down with ease. I use 7 1/2 for some things, but prefer #6 for squirrel or partridge. #4 works well for most of the larger stuff including turkey. Moving up, I've taken deer and a bear with patched .610 balls . My powder charges vary from 60 to 100 gr FFg depending.
I pattern my loads and suggest you do the same. For some game, I will actually aim a bit off, to catch them with the outer edge of the pattern. i.e. aim above a partridge's head. Your 20 is a winner.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bob,,Many thanks,,as for wing shooting,there are none in my area except doves which I seldom hunt. Squirrel,Rabbit,Turkey,Deer,Bear,Hog,are my main dishes here.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mtmike wrote:
Squirrel,Rabbit,Turkey,Deer,Bear,Hog,are my main dishes here.


The 20 will serve beautifully for all those and more.

As with any ML, you need to pattern different loads to find the best. Mine seem to pattern tighter with a bit more shot than powder (volume) and no cushion wads.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A .62 caliber / 20 gauge smoothbore is excellent for squirrels, rabbits, pheasants, grouse, and even ducks and turkeys at close range with lead shot. Also good for deer and bear with a solid ball at ranges closer than 60 yards. Just got to find that load combination that shoots the best out of your gun. A smoothbore is a very versatile weapon.

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