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coloneltubbs
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:56 pm    Post subject: squirrel loads Reply with quote

I'm heading off to the pine woods of East Texas this weekend for a primitive squirrel hunt and would like to know what you use for loading a 62 cal. smooth bore with to hunt the tree rats. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I use FFFG in my smoothie.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:53 pm    Post subject: tree rats Reply with quote

I load my .62 fowler with 70 grains of fffg and a little more than that of 7.5 to 5 shot, based on the environment. Heavy leaves, go for the heavier shot. Open areas, 7.5 will do it. I use a greased overpowder wad and a thin overshot wad. And keep a grease-patched .60 round ball at the ready in case they charge you. Better stopping load.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:33 pm    Post subject: squirrel loads Reply with quote

Thanks fore the reply. I will take your advice.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The rule of thumb is less powder and more shot makes for a tighter pattern. More powder and less shot makes for a wider pattern.

A starting point is equal measures of powder and shot.

I ended up with 70 grains of FF or 60 of FFF and a 85-90 grain measure of #5 or #7.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 1:24 pm    Post subject: 12 ga. tradegun Reply with quote

85 gr. 3f, fiber wad, 85 gr. of no. 5 or 6 shot and another fiber wad. good for a 25 yard shot.
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