Hello, doing a bit of rabbit hunting this weekend with my new 20 gauge, 26 inch barrel with a fixed modified choke. I decided to go with the shotgun after missing several rabbits because I wasn't quick enough with my .22 rifle. Most of the rabbits I see are usually in thick brush and they are usually long gone after 20 feet if even that much, most shots are 6-20 feet. Even using #7 1/2 shot 7/8 oz loads the meat damage is a lot at that short range.
So I was thinking, what if I take a #6 shot 1oz shell and drain out half the bb's, making it a 1/2 oz load. Anyone do this before? I would think it would lower the meat damage, but within 20 feet should still easily be a fatal shot. Any other suggestions are also welcome!
(someday I'll try loading a shell with a mix of rocksalt and peppercorns, kill and season your meat at the same time!)