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#3571176 - 02/01/14 06:05 PM What type shell/choke for swamp rabbits?
Recoil
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Got invited to hunt with a beagler for some swamp rabbits in Northern Alabama. I have only hunted "regular" cottontails and usually use a hi-brass #6 with an improved cylinder choke on my 12 gauge. Do I need to change anything for swampers since they're bigger?
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#3571191 - 02/01/14 06:12 PM Re: What type shell/choke for swamp rabbits? [Re: Recoil]
PcDeer
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You'll be fine with that set up
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#3571544 - 02/01/14 09:55 PM Re: What type shell/choke for swamp rabbits? [Re: PcDeer]
drrxnupe
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I shoot #4s but #6s are fine.
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#3571582 - 02/01/14 10:18 PM Re: What type shell/choke for swamp rabbits? [Re: drrxnupe]
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Mud Dauber
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#5s are my preferred. #4 second choice. #6 third choice.
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#3571714 - 02/02/14 06:38 AM Re: What type shell/choke for swamp rabbits? [Re: Poser]
stik
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I would prefer a modified choke.
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#3572547 - 02/02/14 05:19 PM Re: What type shell/choke for swamp rabbits? [Re: stik]
timberjack86
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I prefer a full just because that's what I always used in a fixed choke gun when I was a kid.
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#3572659 - 02/02/14 06:30 PM Re: What type shell/choke for swamp rabbits? [Re: timberjack86]
Wes Parrish
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Improved Cylinder, #5's.
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#3574751 - 02/04/14 08:35 AM Re: What type shell/choke for swamp rabbits? [Re: Wes Parrish]
Crosshairy
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With dogs, you stand the CHANCE of longer shots, so a modified choke might be better. 4-6 shot will all kill rabbits. I usually use high-brass #6 because that's what is laying around from squirrel hunts. If I was going to go buy shells specifically for what you are doing, I'd probably heavy up to a #5 shot.

Since I am never hunting behind dogs, I've never seen an issue with #6 shot from a killing power standpoint (most shots are very close). The biggest benefit is less pellet count in the meat, in that scenario.
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#3575658 - 02/04/14 08:07 PM Re: What type shell/choke for swamp rabbits? [Re: Crosshairy]
FOX FIRE
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So...is this hunt gonna happen ??
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