Rabbits

Discussion in 'Small Game' started by IRISH9, May 11, 2004.

  1. IRISH9

    IRISH9 Well-Known Member

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    What do you all use for shooting rabbits ? also what is the typical range you shoot them at ?
    When I'm not using a shotgun I mostly use a .22 lr , ranges are normaly fairly close (under 50 meters) mostly just due to the way this property is laid out.
    Be interesting to see what one of most Aussies favorite shooting pastimes is like in the states :wink: .
     
  2. wwb

    wwb Super Member

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    The "rabbits" I hunt are actually Snowshoe Hares, so named for their large, furred feet with widespread toes which allow them to run over the snow without sinking.

    They inhabit very dense forests, and turn completely white in the winter, except for a tiny spot of black on the tips of their ears. They rely on their camoflage, and will not run unless you are very close, typically 5 meters or less. The trick is to spot one while slowly stalking through the brush and pick him off with a .22 to the head before he bolts.
     

  3. uglydog

    uglydog Super Member

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    I hardly shoot rabbits anymore, but when I did, I used a variety of guns based on the rabbit species. Varying hares (snowshoes) and cottontails were shot with air rifles at distances to 20 yards and with 22LRs out to 50 yards or a little further. These were mainly in woody or brushy areas and it was difficult to see them further away. Jackrabbits were shot with centerfire rifles from 222 on up to 243. Ranges were normally greater than 100 yards out to as far as one cared to try as these hares live in open plains type areas. Jacks were commonly in the 5 pound range with some individuals getting close to 10 pounds so a more powerful gun was needed. I still shoot a few jacks for the rancher where we hunt but that is about it. Rabbit numbers have tummbled until rather recently and I just don't like cleaning them as they stink bad.
     
  4. Rogmatt

    Rogmatt Well-Known Member

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    I've always used a shotgun. Is that cheating. Critters won't stand still long enough.
     
  5. Anonymous

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    i dont think thats cheating, i think cover scent and luring scent is cheating
     
  6. mapanggulo

    mapanggulo Well-Known Member

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    Everytime I go Trap/Skeet shooting we have a chance to shoot rabbits, but don't. The range has a big population of rabbits and they are so used to the gun, that they will stand out hear the trap house and sit there while we are firing. They even are at the rifle/pistol range too...standing right next to your target as you shoot. Of coure since we are on a military base we've been warned to not to shoot them, though its so tempting... :lol:
     
  7. jkvirginia

    jkvirginia Active Member

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    Not cheating, per se.... But it *is* a pain in the neck picking all that #7 shot out before you plunk the cottontail in the hasenpfeffer kettle.
     
  8. Irish Setter

    Irish Setter Well-Known Member

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    Growing up I used to kill hundreds of rabbits with a single shot .22. Hitting them on the run wasn't the problem...just whistle loudly at them, and 9 times out of ten they will stop long enough to be a stationary target. I also took my share of cotton-tails in box traps. I only hunt them now when there is snow on the ground, but I use a 410 shotgun with no. 4 or no. 6. They are good eating, and I prefer them to squirrels which I slaughter every fall/winter.
    In my part of the country, I have been seeing fewer rabbits in the last 10 years. Hawks and coyotes must be scarfing them up.
     
  9. Rogmatt

    Rogmatt Well-Known Member

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    True about the stinking part. The boys got these last year with shotguns.

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  10. pigeonhunter

    pigeonhunter Well-Known Member

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    I like a 12 gauge with a 1 1/4 oz of 6's through an IC choke.

    But I can't wait to have a go at'em with the .17! :D
     
  11. luv2safari

    luv2safari Moderator

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    The ideal rabbit gun is the Savage Mdl 24 in 22 LR over 20 gauge... :idea: :idea: :wink: IMHO...

    I, too, like the 12 with size 6 shot and IC or Mod. Good choice, PH! :D
     
  12. IRISH9

    IRISH9 Well-Known Member

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    My favorite shotshell for rabbits is the Winchester blue ranger 30 grams of shot 4 , they have stopped making it though and I'm almost out of them :cry: looks like I'll be back with the black rangers again soon (32 grams).
     
  13. huntswithdogs

    huntswithdogs Moderator

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    I'll use any shotgun that I own. 12, 2 3/4 in 1 1/8oz#6...20 2 3/4 1oz#6 ... .410 2 1/2 1/2oz #6. Of course I can't leave my 2 four legged furballs (beagles) at home.
     
  14. wired

    wired Super Member

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    Rabbit hunting is my favorite. Way more fun than people should be allowed to have (though I'm eternally grateful that we're allowed). Last season I didn't have much time to do it, and I usually used my 12-gauge over/under. Next season I'm going to break out the .22LR and do it the "hard way". If my fiancee gets a hunting license, she'll get to come with me this time.
     
  15. rifleboy15

    rifleboy15 Super Member

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    yah, I havent gone rabbit yet but i hope this year i will break out the .22lr rem 597 semi. of course thats what i use for squirrel. :D :D :D :D :twisted: :twisted:
     
  16. Wyo. Coyote Hunter

    Wyo. Coyote Hunter Super Member

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    :D For Jacks, we shoot them with anything from the . 22 pistol up through the .375 H & H. Often in the late winter, when the snow is gone they can be shot at great distances on bare hillsides. Then any high speed varmit rifle is fun. For cottontails, I have been using my Browning .22 Hornet. We mostly hunt in the winter, and here bunnies can be seen sitting on snow banks or around old bldgs. or corrals. Head shots are the rule. Sometimes I use my 39A, but mostly the Hornet. I did hunt one day last year on the east coast with dogs.That was fun. Used a 12 bore, and trap loads. That was the only shotgun I had with me. :roll:
     
  17. Fred Willis

    Fred Willis Well-Known Member

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    Guys, I am pretty new on this site. But when you talk of rabbits, I think jack rabbits. I was presented with an invitation last spring to hunt on a alfalfa ranch in E. Oregon. Plenty of sage rats and lots of jacks, as their numbers are terribly high. While we were there, we discovered that the jacks were out early mornings and evenings. We took advantage and using our 4 wheelers and 223's, we proceed to get into the best shooting I have ever had.

    Many of the shots were 200-250 and we would move around the various circles till we shot all our ammo. The two of us shot 220 or thereabouts, jacks over two days. The rancher was exceedingly happy and we have a permanent invitation to shoot there.

    By the way, we could move from one circle irrigation to another with ease using the 4 wheelers. Had a cooler strapped to the front for a rest.

    Fred
     
  18. hodgeman

    hodgeman Super Member

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    I've had the best season on rabbits this year. I've used my .22LR. My property is completely innundated with feral rabbits and the numbers in AK are way up this year. I found the newer CCI Velocitors are absolutely deadly on rabbits. They don't shoot the best out of my rifle but make up for it in terminal effect. I find that the older I get the more I like small game hunting.
     
  19. dontreadonme

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    I use my marlin 60 .22 LR

    with CCI stingers
     
  20. Wyo. Coyote Hunter

    Wyo. Coyote Hunter Super Member

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    :D Most of my rabbits( cottontails) where shot with the .22 Hornet. My pal used his .223 and .17 HMR. He is a fine shot and in an area with millions of cottontails. :wink: