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Offline vvarmitr

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Squirrel Weapons
« on: September 06, 2007, 11:29:10 AM »
What's your weapon of choice for squirrels?  I've used 22lr pistols/rifles & shotguns.  Mostly I use a shotgun cause it is early season that I hunt squirrels & the leaves aren't off enough to shoot well w/ a 22lr. Plus I have a hard time sending a bullet through a squirrels head & off to parts unknown. Urban sprawl is all around here, why you would think it was SanAntonio. :pout:
I've been in gun shops where this has become a heated debate. :madd:  :argh:  :mad2:  :mad3:
So let's get a turd stirring, key kicking, typo tandem discussion going. Whatasay? :eyebrow:

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Re: Squirrel Weapons
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2007, 11:53:36 AM »
First of the season Lil-man uses his shotguns, me the .22 rifle

As the leaves start to fall lil-man takes over the .22 and I take the .22 pistol, .17HMR, or 22 mag. Now you are prob saying to your self that the 17 and mag are too much. But I like to keep the guns going through cycles so none fell left out.  :biggrin:
And tis only head shots unless the pistol is off & I like seeing how far away I can tack one to a tree w/ the  17 & mag. Plus, we see alot of yotes during tree rat season and it never hurts to have the ultimate coyote rifle along in the 17 HMR (Sense we are flipping a turd I thought i would throw that one in there  :roflmao:)
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Re: Squirrel Weapons
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2007, 01:08:04 PM »
I'm in awh's corner on this one.  Although, I have been known to use the AR when they're on the corn pile.  I consider it an instant chaff setup.
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Re: Squirrel Weapons
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2007, 03:34:51 PM »
410 bolt action shotugn.  wanna teach a youngster to pick and chose his shots give him the shells needed for to take one shot a squirell for the limit.  he will either shoot three shells at each and quickly run out thus ending his fun.  or he will wait and make sure he has a good and clean shot and take his limit. 
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Re: Squirrel Weapons
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2007, 04:33:27 PM »

 Urban sprawl is all around here, why you would think it was SanAntonio. :pout:


Now thats cityfied  :biggrin:

22lr semi auto here.
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Re: Squirrel Weapons
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2007, 07:34:46 PM »
My son uses a 10/22 and I use my 17HMR. We do have to be a little careful when there up a tree. Just wait for the shot with a tree in the back ground.

 For small varmints I love the HMR!
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Re: Squirrel Weapons
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2007, 09:43:54 PM »
I normally take one of the .22LRs out - usually a single shot, but sometimes a bolt gun with more than one chance.

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Re: Squirrel Weapons
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2007, 10:19:26 PM »
We have fox and grey squirrels here, good eating. 

I usually reach for my trusty 20 gauge pump, Ithaca model 37 featherweight. 

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Re: Squirrel Weapons
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2007, 08:56:00 AM »
Chet, had several of those through the years. Does yours beat your shoulder to death like the ones I use to have did? (Mine were 12g's and would lay a hurt-n on ya quick)
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Re: Squirrel Weapons
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2007, 08:56:36 AM »
my bow mostly some times my 12ga or 22 mag

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Re: Squirrel Weapons
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2007, 12:30:56 PM »
410 shotgun or the 22lr bolt or semi-auto maybe even the pistol depending on mood. I used to use the 22mag but after they started putting in housing additions I wasnt feeling comfortable with that. 410 is for when the leaves are on the trees and the 22's for after the leaves have had a started falling.
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Re: Squirrel Weapons
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2007, 09:38:46 PM »
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Chet, had several of those through the years. Does yours beat your shoulder to death like the ones I use to have did? (Mine were 12g's and would lay a hurt-n on ya quick)

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Naw, the little 20 ain't bad at all. I used it for several years shooting skeet and trap. Now on the other hand, I've got a couple of Winchester pump 12's that will rock your world.  :biggrin:     
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Re: Squirrel Weapons
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2007, 02:01:14 PM »
Marlin 22mag bolt action.

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« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2007, 02:36:03 PM »
I have 3 savage 22's  a striker bolt action pistol a Mk 2 bolt action rifle  and M64 semi auto rifle.
I use one of them, they are all zeroed in at about 30 yards using CCI sub sonics, if I miss one in a tree, or go thru one
the sub sonic won't travel as far as a hi velocity round,  and it's a bit quieter when shooting.

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Re: Squirrel Weapons
« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2007, 11:55:15 AM »
I usually use a scattergun (870 12 or 20 ga or Benelli Nova) early.  I just bought a Savage Mark II with the Accutrigger that shows promise. ;yes;

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« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2007, 11:58:27 AM »
That's the same .22 Cam has Rainman. Tack driver to boot  :eyebrow:
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« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2007, 12:03:01 PM »
Last time I shot, I shot a less than dime-sized group at 40 yds. prone with a bipod.  Used cheap Win. ammo to boot!  I'm happy so far.

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« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2007, 12:16:49 PM »
Yeap. Cameron shot his yesterday evening and is now ready to take the tree rat population down a notch or two. But I told him he can only shoot them in the head. Nickel to a bucket of crap says the turd out does me this year. He was shooting that lil 22 pretty darn good yesterday.
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Re: Squirrel Weapons
« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2007, 12:16:20 AM »
Model 74 win iron sites . Or if too many leaves go other extreme and drag out the old savage single shot 36 in barrel 12 ga .

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Re: Squirrel Weapons
« Reply #19 on: October 02, 2007, 02:46:15 AM »
Squirrels around here live in holes in the ground, not trees sadly.    Fun to shoot anyway and you don't have to worry about skylined shots.   Have a safe full of modern rifles and specialty pistols for predator and varmint hunting.   But about 4-5 years ago I went back to using traditional muzzle loaders for them.   Two of my favorites are a 36 Hawken and a 32 Cherokee.   The long brass 4X scope on the 36 and peeps on the 32 are for old eyes, but its surprizing how far they will reliably take predators and varmints.   Naturally you also have to dress period correct, leave the camo at home, and only use home made hand calls.    :wink:

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