As many of you guys know, I love to squirrel hunt. It’s my absolute favorite thing to do in the woods. Now of course there is no such thing as the “ultimate” anything. Needs and tastes vary greatly. But I’m dreaming and thinking. I had recently bought a CZ455 varmint, which was nice, but turned around and sold it due to the financial restructuring we are working on at the moment. For this year I’ll be using s stock 10-22 carbine and my trusted old Romanian m69, but, being someone who loves to research my next purchase, even if that purchase is a couple years away, I’ve been looking at what my “perfect” squirrel slayer will be. Now I’m not saying “price is no object” because it always is. I wouldn’t want to go for a 3000 dollar anschutz plus the cost of barrel threading and everything. I’ve decided that I definitely want quiet. That means I’ll need a good suppressor for .22lr, or an airgun with a good moderator. One option is a modded CZ 455. The CZ rifles are fantastic for the money. But to get the “perfect” rifle, I’d be buying a 455 American, fitting it with a new 16 inch barrel (or having the factory one shortened), new trigger, and having it properly bedded. This should result in a very accurate, very attractive, decently lightweight and nice handling rifle. Best guess is this being about 1500-1800 all done up including suppressor. EDIT: actually there is a synthetic suppressor ready version. That would eliminate the need for a new barrel and drop the price to about 1200 or so. EDIT EDIT: there’s also a new integrally suppressed barrel direct from CZ. Hmm. Integrally suppressed 455: Another is a good PCP airgun. This is one of those things that I can’t convince myself is practical. However, I love the idea of them, and can’t stop researching them. The pros of this route are being super quiet, and the skirted pellets bleed energy rapidly, practically eliminating concerns about a missed shot coming back down to earth some distance away retaining dangerous velocity. I’d also be able to practice in my back yard!!! Unfortunately the upper end rifles capable of consistently offering MOA accuracy (.5 inch at 50 yards), as well as being reasonably light and compact, aren’t cheap. There’s the Taipan Veteran (1300ish) the FX impact (2000ish), the Edgun Leshiy (1400ish), and the WAR Warp (2400ish). Then the cost of a scuba tank and fill lines have to be considered. Tanks seems to be another 2-600 for full sized tanks. Also, I call them “reasonably” lightweight because they usually end up near 10lbs ready to go except the Leshiy. And I assume handle like logs because of the necessary weird shapes with the air tanks. FX Impact: Taipan Veteran: Edgun Leshiy: WAR WARP: Another rimfire option is a Kidd 22 rifle. They’re very accurate guns with excellent triggers and decent looks. The issue I have there is that semi auto platforms aren’t really my thing, and aren’t the best for rediculously quiet suppressed shooting. These would be about 1900-2000 including the suppressor. Then there’s the Volquartsen Summit. Essentially a toggle action 10-22. This gives you all the modularity and aftermarket support of a 10-22 with the suppressor friendly and very slick toggle action. And let’s not forget the Vudoo gunworks V22. The complete rifles are about $2300. They’re kind of an updated 40x, and fit rem700 stocks and triggers. Supposedly obscenely accurate guns. Finally, there’s my favorite idea so far. A threaded 16 inch match barrel for my TC contender. A contender is very short for the barrel length, as the action takes up practically no length. A bolt or semi with the same barrel length will be about 6 inches longer over all due to the action. It can be taken down and put in a very small case or bag for travel, should weigh about 4 lbs before adding a scope, and be reasonably accurate once tuned. Cost for this one would be about 12-1500 including the suppressor and upgrade parts from mike Bellm. What do you guys think? Im enjoying researching the possibilities. I know the .22lr is the most practical option, but I just can’t quit looking at the high end PCP guns.