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I think the difference would be that the distances and know what I've seen a load of #5's do at 35 yds when a buddy shot one low a couple years ago. We threw away one side of the breast meat and picked pellts out of the other. I can only imagine #2s would be worse.
count the number pellets in a 2 ounce #5 , then count them in 2 ounces of 2 shot....I don't see the waste or game or meat being an issue....I do see the safety or us as hunters in the woods getting shot with #2's (OUCH!)

most folks like 6's because they look good on paper (higher pellet count) but not many know that a #5 carries 1/3 more of its energy at 40 yds than a 6...that being said I shoot #5's but I spent alot of time and money to find a shell, shot combo that would put out a consist pattern, not neccessary the best but consist, one that cover the whole target without any holes or gaps...
 

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I'm with you on all that.

For what it is worth I shoot Winchester Extendeds in #6 out of a Primos Jellyhead. Took a while to find a combo I was satisfied with, but oh man, does it do the job.
I started shooting the Win. Extended 5's last year and won't shoot nothing else as long as I can get my hands on them....I shoot them through a Kicks .680 (Mossberg 935) and I won't hesitate at 60 yds even though I don't ever plan on having to do it, you know how them big birds can be though....only thing better would be buck shot .02
 
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