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#3232242 - 02/07/20 11:01 AM Shot Size for Coons??
Texforce Offline
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Registered: 02/27/12
Posts: 101
Loc: Archer County TX USA
What shot size out of 12 gauge do you guys prefer for shooting coons? We will be attempting to call them up. I appreciate any input. Thanks, and Good Huntin'

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#3232258 - 02/07/20 11:54 AM Re: Shot Size for Coons?? [Re: Texforce]
Page Offline
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Registered: 08/30/09
Posts: 63
Loc: illinois
I've done well w 4s. Make sure you pattern them and see what works in your setup. Know your range limits and you will do fine

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#3232307 - 02/07/20 04:58 PM Re: Shot Size for Coons?? [Re: Texforce]
Wyoming Winchester Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 07/25/13
Posts: 240
Loc: WY
22lr No issues

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#3232510 - 02/08/20 07:01 PM Re: Shot Size for Coons?? [Re: Texforce]
Texforce Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 02/27/12
Posts: 101
Loc: Archer County TX USA
Well, Wyoming, I don't think 22lr will pattern very well out of the 12 gauge......but I do appreciate the "wisdom"........they're on EVERY site for guys looking to share knowledgeable information. 22lr answer on a 12 gauge question....... give me a break !!!

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#3232523 - 02/08/20 08:44 PM Re: Shot Size for Coons?? [Re: Texforce]
OKRattler Online
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 02/17/08
Posts: 3357
Loc: Ok Panhandle
3" BB or #4 buckshot. Those big boar raccoons can be tough. It's better to have too much than too little. The way I see it is you can't kill them too dead. I'd rather do that than have something run off.
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#3232554 - 02/08/20 10:31 PM Re: Shot Size for Coons?? [Re: Texforce]
ackleyman Offline
PM senior

Registered: 01/08/03
Posts: 8503
Loc: Hickville
I grew up coon hunting with dogs, they can be hard to kill.

Key is to hit them in the head. Know where your shotgun patterns vs where you aim. When you shoot one, start squalling with your call. Expect multiples.

22 LR with Mini Mag HP works well, but often they are not going to stand still and pose for a still shot.

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#3232731 - 02/09/20 02:13 PM Re: Shot Size for Coons?? [Re: Texforce]
SlickerThanSnot Offline
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Registered: 01/31/14
Posts: 5140
Loc: stuck in a fence
Originally Posted By: Texforce
Well, Wyoming, I don't think 22lr will pattern very well out of the 12 gauge......but I do appreciate the "wisdom"........they're on EVERY site for guys looking to share knowledgeable information. 22lr answer on a 12 gauge question....... give me a break !!!


lol

you think hunting boards are bad, try an off road 4x4 board. lol

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#3232783 - 02/09/20 05:45 PM Re: Shot Size for Coons?? [Re: Texforce]
Brad Phillips Online
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 01/11/04
Posts: 1139
Loc: Gilbertville, IA
If I were to use a shotty, 4 buck would be it. Cheap snap on turkey sights.

I actually use a 30/30 with cast for my called coon.
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#3232852 - 02/09/20 10:19 PM Re: Shot Size for Coons?? [Re: Texforce]
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Registered: 10/27/19
Posts: 8
Loc: Western Colorado
2x4 duplex turkey loads work awesome!

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#3233210 - 02/11/20 03:41 PM Re: Shot Size for Coons?? [Re: Brad Phillips]
Wyoming Winchester Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 07/25/13
Posts: 240
Loc: WY
Careful Brad

I actually use a 30/30 with cast for my called coon. [/quote]
Not a 12 ga.

In all fairness, maybe he can't use anything but a shotgun in that area. Sorry too impose.

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#3233899 - 02/15/20 03:50 PM Re: Shot Size for Coons?? [Re: Texforce]
GC Offline
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Registered: 04/21/01
Posts: 16428
Loc: Missouri
Shots at called coons are generally close. I've not had problems with lead #4 birdshot from a full choke to the head at 30 yards and under. Good old school lead #2 goose loads would be ideal. Can't find those anymore, so #4's it is.
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#3233955 - 02/15/20 11:24 PM Re: Shot Size for Coons?? [Re: Texforce]
AdamT Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 01/04/15
Posts: 2543
Loc: Southwest Virginia, USA
I load up and alternate BB and 4 buck when I go out calling. I’d rather have shot size to big for the coon, as opposed to too small for coyotes. Of course I go out with the intentions to call coyotes, but will call to a coon if I see them and season is in. BB is the one chambered, 4 buck is the follow up. Works on skunks too when they come cruising by.
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#3233991 - 02/16/20 09:32 AM Re: Shot Size for Coons?? [Re: Texforce]
muskrat30 Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 03/03/02
Posts: 2889
Loc: Wisconsin
I vote near #2 also, lead or heavier than lead.
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