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luisdeleon
04-05-2010, 3:05 PM
was wondering if anyone used .410 or any other gauge for hunting rabbits. or is 22lr the best choice? thinking of getting into hunting with my boy and thought starting off rabbit hunting would bee fun and good experiance for him.

lewdogg21
04-05-2010, 3:44 PM
With a shotgun you don't' have to worry about 100+ yards down range if your shooting at a rabbit. It would work fine.

180ls1
04-05-2010, 5:34 PM
if you dont have a .22 get one, a ruger 10/22 is a great choice. Plus you can pick up 500rnds for $12 and shoot all day with it.

I would go ahead and skip the 410 if you get a shotgun and go straight to a 20 gauge.

luisdeleon
04-05-2010, 7:48 PM
if you dont have a .22 get one, a ruger 10/22 is a great choice. Plus you can pick up 500rnds for $12 and shoot all day with it.

I would go ahead and skip the 410 if you get a shotgun and go straight to a 20 gauge.

i do have a browning SA 22 on my list, not a ruger fan. i have a 7yr old and he's pretty good with his 22 but was thinking of trying 410. for him. and going up from there as he gets older.

Thefeeder
04-05-2010, 8:04 PM
With a shotgun you don't' have to worry about 100+ yards down range if your shooting at a rabbit. It would work fine.

+1 Hearing 22's whiz off the gound is not a fun thing to hear with houses, cows, and farm workers in the next field.

Stick with shotguns...a lot less worry, and much safer.

A 410 will work, just remember to enjoy the hunt and be safe

johnrunner89
04-05-2010, 8:17 PM
What #shot you guys use when hunting rabbits?

LloydXmas250
04-05-2010, 8:22 PM
What #shot you guys use when hunting rabbits?

I've used 6. When I go rabbit hunting with a .22, they bolt right next to me and it's too quick to get a shot. When I have my shotgun they're only ever 100 yds away and sitting and waiting. That's my luck with rabbits. Next time I may strap on the .22 and carry the shotgun.

luisdeleon
04-06-2010, 7:20 AM
I was looking around in DFG website and found out that in my area I can only use shotgun, no rifle. So i guess shotgun it is. Was looking around for shot gun and have a few choices in .410 that are afordable. a cheap single shot, a mossberg pump, and I don't like the rossi. Guess ill go to the gun shops and see what they have

Fireguy
04-07-2010, 12:30 AM
The make a combo gun, shot and 22. It think Stevens and Rossi make versions.

Rover
04-07-2010, 1:52 AM
Nothing wrong with a .410, not what i'd choose if I had to either kill a rabbit or starve, but for recreational hunting, why not? If you miss all the critters, you can always stop at Jack-in-the-Crack on the way home.

If your local rabbits stay far away and somewhat sedentary, go for #4 shot, if they're a bit closer and like to run, go for #6 or #7.

If you're looking to buy a shotgun, I'd snag a 12ga over a .410, much more versatile and easier to find ammo for. If you're looking to put a .410 you already own to use, use it.

luisdeleon
04-07-2010, 6:35 PM
Nothing wrong with a .410, not what i'd choose if I had to either kill a rabbit or starve, but for recreational hunting, why not? If you miss all the critters, you can always stop at Jack-in-the-Crack on the way home.

If your local rabbits stay far away and somewhat sedentary, go for #4 shot, if they're a bit closer and like to run, go for #6 or #7.

If you're looking to buy a shotgun, I'd snag a 12ga over a .410, much more versatile and easier to find ammo for. If you're looking to put a .410 you already own to use, use it.

i already have a 12gauge, but wouldn't that destroy a rabbit?

Barabas
04-07-2010, 8:41 PM
Your boy will learn how to aim it after turning the first couple inside out.

ElvenSoul
04-07-2010, 8:47 PM
It's cheaper you can just get a very high powered pellet gun. Silly Rabbits don't take much.

gdun
04-07-2010, 9:24 PM
i already have a 12gauge, but wouldn't that destroy a rabbit?

Nope. Not at all

ElvenSoul
04-07-2010, 9:35 PM
It's not the Gauge, it's the shot it's loaded with.

luisdeleon
04-08-2010, 8:24 AM
It's not the Gauge, it's the shot it's loaded with.

ohh ok that makes sense, thanks!

DirtyDave
04-08-2010, 9:56 AM
i already have a 12gauge, but wouldn't that destroy a rabbit?

Depends on the load. You dont shoot a rabbit with 00 Buck, You use #6 shot. You shoot dove and quail with a 12ga #7.5 or 8 and it doesnt destroy them right?
But your 7 year old probably shouldnt be using the 12ga

echo1
04-08-2010, 10:06 PM
I had a Stevens .410/.22 over under when I was a kid growing up in Fremont. I killed quite a few rabbits and some grey squirrels with it. A combo like that will teach your kid some shooting discipline. Inherently very safe, and once you get the hang of it, pretty quick. Enjoy.

olhunter
04-11-2010, 6:40 PM
I had a Stevens .410/.22 over under when I was a kid growing up in Fremont. I killed quite a few rabbits and some grey squirrels with it. A combo like that will teach your kid some shooting discipline. Inherently very safe, and once you get the hang of it, pretty quick. Enjoy.

Savage makes a gun like that too. Perfect for rabbits. Short or long range. But he probably lives in LA county and you can't shoot rabbits with anything but shotguns, air guns or arrows. You don't want your kid getting a ticket and his gun impounded on his first trip out.

jmlivingston
04-11-2010, 7:06 PM
i already have a 12gauge, but wouldn't that destroy a rabbit?

Use birdshot with it and you'll be just fine. When I was a teenager I used my great-grandfathers Stevens 520 with birdshot to go Cottontail hunting all the time. Worked great! I still remember taking two Cottontails and a quail with a single shot one afternoon. Had a very tasty feast for dinner that night. :)

wilit
04-11-2010, 8:05 PM
I was looking around in DFG website and found out that in my area I can only use shotgun, no rifle. So i guess shotgun it is. Was looking around for shot gun and have a few choices in .410 that are afordable. a cheap single shot, a mossberg pump, and I don't like the rossi. Guess ill go to the gun shops and see what they have

I've got a Mossberg 500E (.410). It's a great shotgun. I use it for trap doubles and it's a very solid gun. I think the fit and finish is much better than the 500A. Plus, the recoil is like shooting a .22.

Ross
04-12-2010, 9:37 AM
Depends on the load. You dont shoot a rabbit with 00 Buck, You use #6 shot. You shoot dove and quail with a 12ga #7.5 or 8 and it doesnt destroy them right?
But your 7 year old probably shouldnt be using the 12ga

Unless the boy's resilent and dad has a camera. :D

Seriously though, I think it denpends on the size of the boy, and his experience.

Mine was big enough at that age to shoot a 12 ga, he was experienced enough to pass on the offer too.

Big Jake
04-12-2010, 10:37 AM
if you dont have a .22 get one, a ruger 10/22 is a great choice. Plus you can pick up 500rnds for $12 and shoot all day with it.

I would go ahead and skip the 410 if you get a shotgun and go straight to a 20 gauge.

I doubt it. If so please tell me where I can get .22 ammo for that cheap!:confused:

dbear22
04-12-2010, 10:56 AM
I learned how to shoot with a .410 and I still have it its easy for kids and the kick wont scare them

HokeySon
04-12-2010, 11:44 AM
I was looking around in DFG website and found out that in my area I can only use shotgun, no rifle.

Could you point me to this information? I didn't realize there were such restrictions in CA.

olhunter
04-12-2010, 6:34 PM
Could you point me to this information? I didn't realize there were such restrictions in CA.

"311.7. Use of Rifles and Pistols in Los Angeles County.
In Los Angeles County the use of rifles or pistols is prohibited in the taking of rabbits."

http://www.fgc.ca.gov/regulations/current/mammalregs.asp#311_7

BlkWgn
04-19-2010, 1:45 PM
I was looking around in DFG website and found out that in my area I can only use shotgun, no rifle. So i guess shotgun it is. Was looking around for shot gun and have a few choices in .410 that are afordable. a cheap single shot, a mossberg pump, and I don't like the rossi. Guess ill go to the gun shops and see what they have

Look at used, I was given an hold Harrington and Richardson .410 single shot, and it is an awesome little gun. when I looked them up online you can find them on gun broker for under 100

ZOMBIEHUNTER
04-19-2010, 8:19 PM
single shot 410 works very well.I back mine up with a Ruger single six.