No not tequila shots!!
Disclaimer: at ranges under 20 feet, 1 full ounce , or more, of lead at +1000 fps does extreme damage to what it hits, no matter the diameter of the shot.
#9 is best suited for snakes, rats, nuisance birds and other vermin of small stature. (not skunks, we will cover them later). It is prevalent in clay shooting as well.
#8 works well for Mourning Dove as long as the range is minimal, lots of mortaly wounded birds fly out of sight. Lots of clay shooters want the added range #8 gives them for follow up shots.
#7 1/2 is the shot size of choice locally for all legal Dove species prior to a strong cold front. It hits hard enough for knock downs and clean kills without regular excessive meat destruction. It works well for Bobwhite Quail also, though I prefer a bit heavier.
#6 Gets the nod for Dove after the killing frost. Late season Dove from Northen Kansas and beyond are not low and slow. They are headed south in a hurry and usually at considerable altitude. #6 carries a lethal blow and spreads so misses are clean misses. If a bird is hit with #6 it falls.
#4 for Pheasant and like size birds. Again, upland birds are tough. Hit or miss, it's better than a festering wound and feeding the scavengers. #4 is the minimal choice for Turkey, best kept to close ranges, under 40 feet. ( OK, kill that skunk now.)
#2 is ideal for Turkey. It also begins our acceptable "dangerous game" shot size.
Buckshot is kinda self explanitory. Knockdown power is the name of the game here.
I intentionally skipped BB size shot because I honestly never fired it or found the use for it. Maybe one of yall can expound upon the virtues.
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