Favorite Squirel Rifle

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What’s your favorite Squirrel Rifle

  1. .22LR

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  2. .22M

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  3. .17HMR

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  1. Bendback

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    Pick your caliber
     
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    Only have one 22 mag rifle, don't know how many 22 lr rifles I have. So I have to go with the 22 lr.
     
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    Where I shoot at squirrels I can't be firing a rimfire into a tree without a safe back stop.
    My answer is .22, but air powered :)
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    Beeman R1 air rifle in .22 caliber
     
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    I voted .22lr but I really like a 20ga shotgun for squirrels. Gotta aim carefully though or else you end up with a mess and a squirrel that is a shell of its former self :D
     
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    Diana RWS 34 Meisterschutze Pro Compact air rifle in .177. I have killed hundreds with it, also regular model 34. 2'nd is the new Cricket in 22LR. joe
     
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    22lr. Usually 10/22 TD with a peep .
    This year I want to switch it up and go all handgun . Except early season which I yse a 20ga
     
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    Depends. If there are still leaves on the trees, my 12 gauge. If the leaves are down, my 10/22.
     
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    My favorite is my Granddad's old 53-B single shot in .22lr. Its worn, and tattered, but a hell of a shooter. Usually, I shoot standard velocity 40gr, but I also carry Super Colibri's for shots that i don't feel comfortable lobbing a round into the abyss. The Super colibris are next to silent out of that long barrel too.
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    I'm debating on a Diana 34 like Joe or a Marlin 795 for a new bushy tail getter.
     
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    .22 lr/.410 savage model 24.
     
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    this.

    i have a .22 airgun, but i am still using a handpump for the PCP. once i get a refill tank, my answer may change.

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    I'm really intrested in that gun.
     
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    Like he said, .22 in the winter, 410 bore in the spring/fall.
     
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    Yup, what this guy said^^^^^^:dblthumb:
     
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    Granted, a .22 pellet doesn't have the mass as a .22lr but at the same or increased velocity it's still going to travel in the event of a miss. I prefer .22lr quiets at 750fps.

    -John
     
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    .32 front stuffer!
     
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    Thanks for reminding me of what an idiot I can be. I loved my Seneca, but I was doing a lot more .45 and .54 shooting so when a buddy made an offer, I accepted. :(

    Now they are big bucks and far between!!

    -John
     
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    CZ 452 American, 22 Subs, 4x12 Nikon. DOA on a hunt.
     
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    10/22 for me...
     
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    Yeah, pellet gun user unite! :dblthumb:
     
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    .22 air rifle is my favorite for squirrel hunting. A lot of the areas I hunt have had some development pop up around them and I feel a LOT better loosing a .22 cal pellet into the trees than I do about a .22lr. I honestly feel the air rifle opens up a lot of shots that I wouldn't normally get to take with a proper rifle. I also feel people are more apt to let me hunt on their land when they find out i'm hunting with an air rifle. Hoping to get into a PCP this fall :dblthumb:
     
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    Ruger american compact 22mag Nikon 3x9 scope.
     
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    Henry Small Game Carbine (skinner peep) in .22 or Ruger American .22 compact (w or w/o can) and Leupold scope.
     
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    Marlin 795 with a 4x32 Barska scope shooting subsonic! I've also taken them with my M&P 15-22!

    From time to time I utilize my B3 22cal air gun or Crossman M4-177 cal in the backyard.
     
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    You guys make good points on pellet guns and shots .

    I never thought of it that way:dblthumb:

    I do pass on tree shots without a backstop.
     
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    Ruger American Predator in .22lr and a 2-7x scope. I just shoot it well offhand and it is compact and easy to carry in the woods.
     
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    The 22 hi-speed LRHP is the perfect squirrel cartridge in my humble opinion. Specifically Winchester Power Point ammo is the best I've ever used. This is my Cooper Model 36 that I bought 20 years ago. I keep saying one of these days I'm gonna sit down and dig through 2 decades worth of journals and get an exact count but I'm guessing I've probably killed close to a 1,000 squirrels with it. She has never, ever let me down an is one of the last rifles I'd ever get rid of. This picture was taken last fall. On this particular morning I was 6 for 6, all head shots. It wears a Leupold 2x7 Rimfire Special scope and a Whelen sling.
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    If you planning on eating them skip the.17
     
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    CZ 452 when strictly squirrel hunting.
    12 ga when fall turkey/small game hunting.
    You'd think the 12 ga would blow them to bits but I find the pellets usually pass right thru and don't cause much damage.
    Then again....could just be my aim(or lack there of!)
     
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    Same here little to no damage with to the meat with the 12 gauge.
     
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    wow!!

    when i bought my .22. i had a mindset. i wanted a tool. something inexpensive and effective. i bought it for an Alaska rainforest trip i have planned. what i didnt expect was to have so much fun doing it. now? i want an upgrade. something with some soul; maybe even a story.

    your Cooper makes my .22 look like a shovel. haha.. your rifle is stunning.

    (i think mine could shoot 6 for 6 as well, but it wont look as good doing it..bud)
     
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    Locally they get funny about squirrels. I’m restricted to a shotgun and my choice is usually a .410, unless the leaves are still in the trees than a 16 GA is my choice.
     
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    It depends on how early in the season
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    I have a lovely .32 flintlock that Is about all I hunt squirrel with these days.

    If not that then modern I'd probably take a .22 hornet with my light reloads and a few others for Just In Case.

    When .22LR got hard to find in some quantity back a few years ago I switched almost completely over to the .32 flint, it does anything small game hunting I may want to do.

    If I get stuck with a 45 or 50 cal flint I"ll just bark the squirrels or hunt em with a wrist rocket or rat trap baited with peanut butter.
     
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    Well if we're gonna talk about flintlocks...I'll repost this picture of my little 40 calibre North Carolina style squirrel rifle made by my good buddy Mike Miller of Edmonton, Kentucky. It is profusely carved/engraved. Has a killer piece of fiddle back Maple. DST's and a double dove tail front sight. Multiple silver enlays, a 40 calibre Rice brand swamped barrel 44 inches long. It shoots far better than I can hold an is a fine squirrel killer.
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    My favorite squirrel rifle...........,My 1951 Marlin Model 39 .22cal.
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    Man I wish my eyes could still shoot those irons at stuff in trees.
     
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    '86,
    I love your old Marlin and the patina is just beautiful. You can just see and smell the October hardwoods in it. Thanks for posting.
    Tom Black
     
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    I very very seriously considered going that route. The Airforce Condor SS In .25 is so tempting.

    But in the end, I can still get better accuracy for cheaper with a .22LR.

    Still can’t stop researching them though. Maybe next year. :D
     
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    Yeah, I've pretty much got my goto rifles categorized by range and acceptable accuracy/kill shot. Plus size of game. My .22 pellet guns are close range, 30yds and under and nothing bigger than a small woodchuck. I know they are capable of more, but I have better guns when things exceed those parameters. Typically it goes .22 pellet gun, 17HMR, .223 for me. But I've been known to pull out something different just because. But close range squirrels I'm finding my pellet guns hard to beat. They might not shoot one hole groups in wind at 30yds, but they'll shoot cloverleafs and that's good enough.
    I never really priced things out though as far as cost per shot.
     
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    to be perfectly outfitted with PCP gear. for me" i would want a big refill tank, and one of those smaller light-weight tanks to go into my pack.

    with my Hill Handpump (which is pretty awesome), i am more than double the cost of my .22LR. my friends think i was insane. but man, that thing is fun.

    but once, i get all outfitted with tanks...i shiver at the cost of the investment. i could get a REALLY nice .22.
     
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    I've got a small carbon fiber tank, 74 cu ft. Unless I'm shooting my 50 cal a lot it lasts a good long time. And it's only ten bucks to get it filled at a paintball shop.
    But now for not much more you can buy your own compressor. They have really come down. Whenever I see them on sale I take pause. If I had to refill my tank a few times a year I'd definitely go the compressor route.
     
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    Same here. Nothing fancy but my .32 cal Crockett has put many meals in the pot. On this trip I took two reds for lunch (only took a pic of one with the gun).

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    Yep! That’s what I shoot! There are nicer ones but even that one wasn’t cheap ( try explaining to the wife you need a new front stuffer, ...... for squirrels!!,)
     
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    Now try to convince her that you need the Crockett pistol too. You never know when a second squirrel might charge while you're reloading. It would be irresponsible not to have one! :D
     
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    Huh?... didn’t know they made one! I’ll get started on her right away!!
     
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