Turkey & Rabbit: Shotgun vs .22

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    22 for rabbit, and only shotguns are legal for turkey.

    I have used shotguns for rabbit, and just don't like the extra pellets I have to get out.
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    Its hard on your teeth chewing up those shots. dont hunt the BIG bird. But love to eat the swamp bunny. use a 22LR for them...

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    I cant hit a moving rabbit well enough to kill it quickly. I hate watching an animal die a slow death. If I know I cant kill it quickly, I use something bigger.

    .22 is fun though. My grandparents have a chipmunk problem. One ran into it's hole about 15 or so yards away. I put the cross hairs just above the hole. When he peeked I shot. The shot plucked him from the hole and threw him a few feet behind it.

    I've never shot a turkey. If I were to go hunting, I'd use a 3.5 inch turkey shell. If I went for rabbit, I'd use a 2.75 inch field shot. (both 12ga.)

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    I always use a 12 gauge, 3 1/2" magnum 4's for turkey. A .22 would be WAY too difficult in my opinion. I do it to harvest the food and conserve the land not for accuracy practice. As far as bunnies, I would think a .22 would be ok but I have only used the 20 gauge with 6's. Been a while since I have been because we no longer have a beagle but hunting rabbits without a dog would be another practice in futility.

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    I usually hunt turkey with a shotgun or bow but the first turkey I shot was with a Contender pistol and .22 Magnum. It was a head shot at 125 yards with a 4X Burris Scope on it. Now where I hunt there are so many turkey that I've almost given up on hunting them. It's like shooting a farmers chicken. There are about 300 turkey in 2 flocks of 150 each in the section of land that I hunt on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay6 View Post
    ...Been a while since I have been because we no longer have a beagle but hunting rabbits without a dog would be another practice in futility.
    Ya, my uncle has not owned a beagle in years. All this though about what firearm to use and I forgot that important point. I'm not sure how others hunt rabbit.

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