View Full Version : Rabbits

11-01-2010, 08:06 PM
What gauge shotgun do you gentlemen prefer and what shot.

11-01-2010, 08:13 PM
I use a 12g and used same shot as I use with doves.As a kid just my 10/22.

El Jefe
11-01-2010, 10:07 PM
I use a 12 gauge. 5 or 6 shot on rabbits. 7 1/2 or 8 on doves.

Rabbit hunting is much easier if there's snow on the ground, good dog helps too.

11-01-2010, 11:28 PM
remington express in the yellow and green box, high brass 12ga, 6 shot.

use it for squirel, rabbit, phesant, and grouse. there are better sizes for some of those, but thats the best compromise without having to switch out all the time, imo

11-26-2010, 09:05 PM
Cottontail rabbits, 12 ga. #6 shot. I have taken them with .22 rifle or pistol.

old Grump
11-27-2010, 12:34 AM
Savage single shot 22 rifle or S&W M41 22 pistol up till now. Never thought about using shotgun till this year but haven't gone out yet. Been thinking Great Grampa's old single shot 12 gauge and some #7 1/2 trap loads. Not moving as good as I used to and I think I could use the extra edge.

12-14-2010, 09:41 PM
I've always just used a .22 for rabbits so as not to tear up any meat.

01-09-2011, 12:47 AM
22.250 Varget, topped with a 40gr Ballistic tip.

01-09-2011, 12:52 AM
12 ga. #6 shot works best on jack rabbits for me. I've taken them with center-fire rifles too.

Cotton tails? Never hunted them.

Hollow point wolf .223 can turn them inside out.

01-09-2011, 04:00 AM
Hollow point wolf .223 can turn them inside out.

Nothing like firing for effect! :coffee:

old Grump
01-09-2011, 06:57 AM
22.250 Varget, topped with a 40gr Ballistic tip.What kind of recipe do you have for rabbit hash?

01-09-2011, 07:35 AM
16 Gauge with number 6's.

If I couldn't use a 16, I'd use a 20 with the same shot.

Rabbits are natures quitters. I've seen more than one killed by just a bb or 2.

01-09-2011, 11:45 AM
the only time i went i used a single shot 410,dont remember shot size as it was 20+ years ago....they stink too much for me to skin em agaim

01-09-2011, 12:48 PM
22.250 Varget, topped with a 40gr Ballistic tip.

So you like the pink mist huh?

01-09-2011, 02:54 PM
So you like the pink mist huh?

Spent eight years as an artillery mechanic. I like watching total destruction of targets. :coffee:

01-09-2011, 03:06 PM
What kind of recipe do you have for rabbit hash?

Running the rabbit over with a brushhog leaves bigger pieces. 22.250 leaves too small of pieces for hash.

01-09-2011, 03:08 PM
12 ga. 6's or 5's. 7-1/2 if you have no other choice but get closer, but not too close or you'll have Pâté de rabbit.

old Grump
01-09-2011, 05:41 PM
I found that 6's penetrated the meat and 7 1/2 went under the hide but didn't penetrate. I skin them and the shot falls out and just a few left to pick out of the meat with the tip of my knife. Shock must have done the killing and dead is dead.

Have to admit though that I still favor the 22, 40 years of shooting them that way has become a habit.

01-09-2011, 11:49 PM
A few years back, my younger daughter raised rabbits. While doing a brake job, I noticed one bunny escaped. About that time, an apple fell off the tree next to my driveway and rolled next to my feet. Without thinking, I scooped up the apple and threw it at the rabbit. About the time I let loose with the apple, a thought entered my head, "I bet, against all odds, I'm going to hit that rabbit, it'll scream bloody murder, and there's going to be some old couple staring at me from the end of my driveway. Well, the apple did hit the bunny, but it fell over without a twitch! The moment I touched the bunny, it sat up and started screaming at the top of it's lungs! I looked back to the end of the driveway to notice two young ladies gawking at me like I just whipped it out and raped the rabbit. I felt like a committed a self fulled prophesy/atrocity! :wow:

btw.. normally, I couldn't hit the broad side of a barn if I threw by hand!

old Grump
01-10-2011, 12:13 AM
First time I ever heard a rabbit scream I nearly wet my pants. My boxer had caught a jack rabbit, it got away, she caught it again, wrapped her big paws around it and licked it. Then the scream. My dog caught that rabbit 3 times before it finally got to its hole, it screamed twice. Glad I didn't have to hear it a 3rd time because I would have shot my dog to make her from catching that rabbit again. One thing about being in the middle of the desert was there weren't any witnesses.

01-10-2011, 06:04 AM
12ga BB just shoot low or it will just make a spot .... the bb's are easy to find in the meat .

06-07-2011, 11:02 PM
Lo-brass 6 in IC up close; hi-brass 6 in Modified for longer range, or hi-brass 4 for extreme range (40 yds). I have a 12 gauge SxS with double triggers.

06-08-2011, 04:41 AM
Ever hear a Deer scream?

old Grump
06-08-2011, 04:34 PM
Ever hear a Deer scream?Heard of it but no. I have heard them snorting, barking, grunting and bleating but screaming no.