What rifle do you squirrel hunt with?


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Natebonebusta
September 6, 2013, 09:52 AM
Just curious to hear what other people prefer(rifle wise) to take squirrels with.

I'm a really big fan of the CZ 452 line. I have a few different ammo/scope combinations for most any type of hunt I go on. I like lightweight rigs like the CZ Scout and Browning T-bolt for hunting over the dogs or stalking. I usually will run a 2-7 or 3-9 power scope on these rifles.

For sitting and sniping I really like a higher magnification scope (4.5-14 or 6-20). This aids in sighting in for me too.

I also like to have a variety of ammo to choose from too, given the situation. Subs, standard velocity and high velocity choices.

I take a pretty extreme angle when it comes to hunting squirrels. Can't wait for season to start. Glad to be a part of this forum.
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courtgreene
September 6, 2013, 11:37 AM
my favorite is a model 60, but I also have a savage bolt action (92, 94, I can't remember) in .22 that I bought for my son... but since he's still a baby I exercise it for him, and to be honest when I used it last squirrel season he wasn't born yet. But I knew he was coming, and he's my son, so he'll want a gun. Both scoped, one with a 3-9, one with a 4-16. Which I take depends on the weather that day. If it's raining I take the savage (synthetic stock) if it's nice I take the model 60 (wood stock).
The model sixty does very well with Remington subsonic, and the savage likes whatever you have on hand.

MCgunner
September 6, 2013, 12:16 PM
Preferably, my Ruger Mk 2, not a rifle, but shoots like one.

http://oi39.tinypic.com/2rf9ffc.jpg

Natebonebusta
September 6, 2013, 12:30 PM
MCgunner, I'm a fan of hunting them with a pistol too.
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Corpral_Agarn
September 6, 2013, 12:45 PM
Usually a Winchester 9422. That little lever gun is pretty darn accurate.

MCgunner
September 6, 2013, 01:26 PM
I also have a scoped .22 match barrel for my TC Contender, but the little Mk2 shoots 1" at 25 yards with bulk ammo, good 'nuf for squirrel hunting. :D I have an old Remington M512X bolt action tube magazine rifle that I got for my 9th birthday 52 years ago in November. That one has taken many a squirrel. It's VERY accurate. My 10/22 is no more accurate than my Mk2, but it's a good rifle and accurate enough. :D The old Remmy has a magazine interrupter problem, but still can be loaded one in the chamber, one in the magazine, a two shooter. I don't know if parts could be had for it anymore to fix it. I'm tempted to take it to a gunsmith, but it still shoots great.

I also have a lever action Rossi 92 that I load with a 105 grain SWC from a Lee mold over 2.3 grains Bullseye .38 special. It clocks 900 fps and is 1.5" at 50 yards accurate. I sometimes have taken it when I wanted to shoot iron sights, have taken a few with it. But, my old eyes sorta prefer an optic now days. I put a 1.5x4.5 Bushnell on my Ruger 10/22 for that reason, really wanted to keep it iron sighted, but I have problems in the shadows with it. The ghost ring aperture on the Rossi helps, but an optic helps more. :D

I also take 'em from time to time with my spartan 20 gauge coach gun. That thing is my knock about woods gun of preference. It's quick on rabbits and takes crows and is my favorite dove gun. Actual HUNTING of squirrel, well, shotguns are cheating, but I've taken a few with it on my errands and walk abouts out back in the woods. I also carry slugs for it on the butt cuff. Never know when you're going to run into hogs around here and, just like squirrel, they're legal all year around.

Oh, yeah, and I have a deadly accurate .22 magnum Remington M597. I've shot a couple with it using solids, but it's a bit of overkill and makes more racket when it goes off.

kbbailey
September 6, 2013, 01:52 PM
I love squirrel hunting, and use several different weapons.

....from least effective to most deadly, (not counting shotguns, of course)
.45 flintlock.
.32 caplock.
.22 auto pistol (MKII with red-dot sight)
.22 Rem 550-1 w/ Weaver 4x

horsemen61
September 6, 2013, 01:54 PM
I use my .410 the most followed by my buckmark pistol

Lennyjoe
September 6, 2013, 03:02 PM
10-22

Claude Clay
September 6, 2013, 03:06 PM
Gamo 880.
but i am not hunting squirrels, 2 pair of nesting hawks in my area have
done that task. my war is against the 3 families of evil furry chip-monks living under
my slate patio and field stone walls. so far, sadly, they are winning by attrition:
i pop one, 20 come to his wake and 10 stay...

swiftak
September 6, 2013, 03:29 PM
marlin 39

Arkansas Paul
September 6, 2013, 03:56 PM
Welcome aboard sir.
Love the CZ. I know what you mean with the higher powered scope for the .22. I squirrel hunt with a Marlin 60 and for years it had a Nikon 4x32 on it. Then on a whim, I put a cheap 3-9x40 on it that I had laying around the house and love it. I'll eventually put a better scope than the Tasco on it, but it will likely be a 3-9 power.

jrdolall
September 6, 2013, 04:11 PM
Winchester model 77 is my favorite squirrel rifle though I do occasionally shoot them with a 22 mag or 17. The Win is a tack driver with any decent ammo.

CajunBass
September 6, 2013, 05:00 PM
Ruger "Wally-World Special" 10/22. 4x32 Bushnell.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/003.jpg (http://s21.photobucket.com/user/CajunBass/media/003.jpg.html)

Thompson/Center Seneca .36 cal.

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bearman49709
September 6, 2013, 05:34 PM
From 1998 until last year it was my Remington 597, now its my Browning A- bolt .22LR loaded with CCI Quiets one shot kills out to 45 yards and little noise.

tahunua001
September 6, 2013, 06:13 PM
I've done it with everything from a 22/45 to a 300 weatherby mag.
normally I use an archangeled 10/22
most fun was a browning A bolt 25-06
honorable mentions were SKS and type 44 arisaka(getting one of those buggers is a lot more satisfying when you have to guess holdover with a 300 yard battle zero.

PapaG
September 6, 2013, 09:33 PM
.32 cal TC Cherokee.

gbran
September 6, 2013, 09:47 PM
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y145/gbran/100_0199.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y145/gbran/Buckmark-1.jpg

bigdogpete
September 6, 2013, 10:19 PM
Model 1906 winchester

limpingbear
September 6, 2013, 10:41 PM
when I was active in squirrel hunting years ago, I used an old savage mod 24 22/410 combo. I tended to use the 410 most I think.....

kbbailey
September 7, 2013, 08:08 AM
he savage 24 is classic.

jwrowland77
September 7, 2013, 08:42 AM
Rifle??? I use my recurve bow with special arrows that don't travel as far if I miss.

When I do use a rifle when I'm with my daughter, I use my papaw's old Marlin 990 micro groove with a Bushnell 3x-7x custom .22 scope on top.

My daughter uses my camo Ruger 10/22.

fragout
September 7, 2013, 10:02 AM
I have had a 10-22 for small game hunting for yrs now. Nothing special. A simple wood stocked 18in bbl carbine that I picked up yrs ago at a pawn shop for next to nothing.

It already had sling swivel studs installed, and was (still is) sporting a 4x fixed power scope...... along with it's OEM 10rd rotary magazine.

This 10-22 has allowed me and the kids to take hundreds of tree rats and bunnies over the yrs, and has been used in all types of weather conditions.

It is a very reliable little 10-22, and will fire virtually any type of 22lr ammunition reliably and with plenty of precision if I do my part.

The only thing I did to it was to add a sling, a few more mags, and a whole lot of ammo.

I'll be using a 10-22 takedown for small game hunting now.........provided that my wife gives it back....lol

H&Hhunter
September 7, 2013, 10:10 AM
Kimber model 82 Hunter .22LR or my dads old Win Mod 75 Sporter.

Natebonebusta
September 7, 2013, 10:11 AM
Wow, big range in weaponry to take these squirrels with. Variety isn't a bad thing though.

Now when it gets late season and the shot ranges are a little further, the sleeper that is the 17 Hm2 comes out for those long shots.
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DM~
September 7, 2013, 10:30 AM
There are lots and lots of squirrels around here and i don't hunt them much anymore. But when i do, i many times take my Remington LH 541-S,

http://www.fototime.com/AA34BA5A1F9DC0D/standard.jpg

I like light handy 22's that are accurate, and it is.

DM

lastofthebreed
September 8, 2013, 08:29 PM
I will be using my Marlin 39A most of the time, my Encore with the 22 LR barrel the rest - both of them will knock a squirrel in the head at 50 yds. no problem if I do my part.

Inebriated
September 8, 2013, 09:11 PM
Henry .22LR Carbine
Marlin 795
Marlin 60
Ruger 22/45


....Savage 11 .243 on occasion...

Also pegged one with a G26 once.

LOLBELL
September 8, 2013, 09:36 PM
BLR 22 or a BAR 22 depends on which one the son is using. I prefer the lever gun, I have killed a train car load of bushy tails with it over the years :cool:

303tom
September 9, 2013, 09:37 AM
I`m like (horsemen61) I use a .410 mostly, but when I do use a rifle it is my Savage Mark I..........

ldlfh7
September 9, 2013, 10:41 AM
10/22 - Eats any ammo and always goes bang. Tough little .22 to beat.

Hanshi
September 9, 2013, 02:49 PM
My squirrel rifle is a TVM .36 flint SMR. For years I used a nice .32 Crockett but got tired of having to buy percussion caps. Long ago I used my Remington M514 single shot, Marlin 39A, various pistols and revolvers and Kimber of Oregon M82 Super classic. Now it's muzzleloaders only and I haven't used .22LRs for many years. MLs and prb put the sport and challenge back into my favorite pastime.

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shaggy430
September 9, 2013, 03:36 PM
I really like a .410 shotgun for squirrels with #6 shot.

swampcrawler
September 9, 2013, 03:36 PM
Romanian M69 trainer with a wallmart Simmons 4x.

I have the cheapest, ugliest rifle in the woods, and I'm usually one of the firs hunters back to camp cleaning a limit of squirrels.

I absolutely love my cheap ugly rifle. It just perfect for me.

22-rimfire
September 9, 2013, 04:41 PM
Gamo 880.
but i am not hunting squirrels, 2 pair of nesting hawks in my area have
done that task. my war is against the 3 families of evil furry chip-monks living under
my slate patio and field stone walls. so far, sadly, they are winning by attrition:
i pop one, 20 come to his wake and 10 stay...

A cat would take care of them pretty quickly. Chipmunks don't last long within a 100 yds of my house.

As far as hunting squirrels go, I don't do that much anymore. But I certainly have the rifles to handle it. Probably would be a scoped Remington 541-S. My fav 22 rifle (but not the most accurate).

v8stang289
September 9, 2013, 07:21 PM
Mostly I use a Savage Mk II with iron sights, though last year I did take my tech sighted 10/22 a few times.

Esoxchaser
September 9, 2013, 07:29 PM
Savage 92 FSS. Ruger single six hunter

Blue68f100
September 10, 2013, 05:01 PM
Browning ATD with 3x9 scope. These old eyes need all the help they can get.

hatwerinrednek
September 10, 2013, 08:32 PM
Preferably, my Ruger Mk 2, not a rifle, but shoots like one.

http://oi39.tinypic.com/2rf9ffc.jpg
your right they do shoot like a rifle.

hatwerinrednek
September 10, 2013, 08:37 PM
Welcome aboard sir.
Love the CZ. I know what you mean with the higher powered scope for the .22. I squirrel hunt with a Marlin 60 and for years it had a Nikon 4x32 on it. Then on a whim, I put a cheap 3-9x40 on it that I had laying around the house and love it. I'll eventually put a better scope than the Tasco on it, but it will likely be a 3-9 power.
i use a burris 3x9x40 on mine because i had an extra. id rather have a big scope that i could see through than one of those so called 22 scopes

Captcurt
September 10, 2013, 09:11 PM
I had a Winchester 52B but it was too nice to drag through the brush. I tried a CZ 452 in 17 Mach II but ammo was pretty pricey, plus the 17 is pretty messy with a bad hit. I sold it and grabbed a 452 in 22LR. Decked out with a 2X7 Nikon it shoots every bit as good as the Winchester did. BTW, the nikon is a shotgun scope with the parallax set for 75 yards. Works swell!

BigBore44
September 11, 2013, 01:51 AM
Marlin 60. No glass.

Dr.Rob
September 11, 2013, 02:58 AM
Marlin 995, old Weaver fine crosshair 1.5-4.5

mio
September 15, 2013, 06:23 AM
Marlin model 60 2.5x7 scope and cci 40grn lrn standard velocity bullets. Or my 20ga.

red rick
September 15, 2013, 12:07 PM
Ruger 10/22 with a Weaver 3-9x32 AO rimfire scope.

My CZ is just too pretty for the woods. It hurts me to see yours laying on those rocks.

bubba15301
September 15, 2013, 05:50 PM
Cva varmint .32 cal muzzleloader

Natebonebusta
September 15, 2013, 06:47 PM
Ruger 10/22 with a Weaver 3-9x32 AO rimfire scope.

My CZ is just too pretty for the woods. It hurts me to see yours laying on those rocks.
I laid that rifle down with the greatest of care. I like to keep them as pristine as possible, but that won't keep me from hunting with them. That Weaver RV9 is a great choice in scope.

markallen
September 15, 2013, 09:52 PM
Remington 41P TargetMaster single shot .22LR.
Manufactured in 1936, purchased by my Dad the same year.
Still the most accurate .22 I have shot.

DM~
September 16, 2013, 08:03 PM
Well, i have a new one to hunt with this year,

http://www.fototime.com/DC8794641B9394B/standard.jpg

http://www.fototime.com/222C19F2266B90F/standard.jpg

http://www.fototime.com/75B8DA9B5466A1C/standard.jpg

Mel builds AMAZING rifles!!

From the testing i've done so far, it looks like it's going to outshoot my old standby, my Rem. 541-S and that's saying something, cuz it shoots with the best of them!

DM

Natebonebusta
September 16, 2013, 08:07 PM
Well, i have a new one to hunt with this year,

http://www.fototime.com/DC8794641B9394B/standard.jpg

http://www.fototime.com/222C19F2266B90F/standard.jpg

http://www.fototime.com/75B8DA9B5466A1C/standard.jpg

Mel builds AMAZING rifles!!

From the testing i've done so far, it looks like it's going to outshoot my old standby, my Rem. 541-S and that's saying something, cuz it shoots with the best of them!

DM
Great choice in scope. The Nikon EFR is a great piece of glass for the price.

DM~
September 17, 2013, 10:15 AM
I'm hopeing it will be a good scope, it's the first Nikon i've bought... I keep hearing the quality has gone down on them these days, so who knows forsure??

DM

Dframe
September 17, 2013, 11:05 AM
I hven't actually hunted tree rats in a few years but my old Nylon 66 was my usual partner on those forays into the woods.

MtnCreek
September 17, 2013, 11:07 AM
Winchester 74 is bout as good as it gets. Semi auto, good sights and shoots strait.

yzguy87
September 18, 2013, 09:55 AM
Remington 597 is my squirrel rifle. Shot my first squirrel with my dads Ithaca m-49!

MtnCreek
September 18, 2013, 10:13 AM
Stevens 22-410 is pretty good too. That's what I hunted w/ the most when growing up. CB in the top and a 3" .410 #5 in the bottom. I always tried to leave the woods w/ the same .410 shell I started with. Dad would lead the way and I stayed about 40 yds back. The squirrels would move around the trees as he passed and I'd zap'em with a CB. Very little noise, so it wouldn't spook the rest. Worst case, I'd hit a cutter call a few times and they'd go right back to searching for acorns/nuts. I'd always carry a few LR cartridges in my pocket because there were a few hickories that a CB wouldn't reach the top of.

T.R.
September 18, 2013, 05:12 PM
22 MAG is lethal way past 75 yards with good accurate shooting.

TR

natman
September 19, 2013, 03:11 AM
I use a Norinco JW15 (copy of a Brno Model 1 / CZ452) with a 1.5-4.5 scope. Very accurate and I don't need to worry about it getting banged up in the woods.

I also like a Savage 22/410 with a 2.5x scope. I use the 22 when I can get a good solid tree trunk as a backstop and the 410 when I can't. I don't like to send a bullet flying off into the air to come to earth I know not where.

Mat, not doormat
September 20, 2013, 03:23 AM
Only been out one day this year, and all I saw of a squirrel was a tail disappearing around a tree. But I saw that through the Bushnell 4x shotgun scope that lives on top of my Savage Mark II GL.

dubbleA
September 20, 2013, 01:12 PM
The wife and her Savage have accounted for many many tree rats being removed from our backyard.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f268/dubbleA/squirrelrifle.jpg

Cosmoline
September 20, 2013, 01:19 PM
The CZ 452 is my squirrel rifle. It's a death ray laser beam for squirrel.

777funk
September 20, 2013, 01:35 PM
I've killed more with the 22 but I like the challenge of getting them with .177 pellets. I had a Remington / Crosman NPSS .22 pellet rifle but I didn't like the higher cost of the .22 pellets vs cheap .177's.

It takes a good shot with a .177 pellet to do the job. But a good shot does it. My Gamo Springer is good for about 25 yards or less. They have some that are good for further. I've heard the Benjamin Marauder PCP (http://www.crosman.com/airguns/rifles/pcp/BP2563) can kill em out to around 80 yards or so and they also make up to .25 cal. They adverdtise that you can kill a coyote with the Marauder .25. But once again big pellets are a lot more than .177's.

I still prefer the 22 though when I have enough safe shooting distance.

plumberroy
September 20, 2013, 01:41 PM
Natman I have the same rifle with a bushnell scope. I don't have many places to hunt here so most of my squirrel shooting is to keep them out of garden or fruit trees A
RWS 34 i .177 does that duty
Roy

Natebonebusta
September 20, 2013, 02:41 PM
The wife and her Savage have accounted for many many tree rats being removed from our backyard.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f268/dubbleA/squirrelrifle.jpg
I bet that rig is whisper quiet. Nice picture.

jack44
September 20, 2013, 09:12 PM
My 10-22 or Henry 22

Kurastduuks
September 26, 2013, 05:44 PM
Last 10 or 15 squirrels have been with my 4 5/8" super blackhawk 44 mag... Makes a mess but a fun challenge!

montanaoffroader
September 26, 2013, 11:42 PM
From the 70's until now, a Winchester 67 single shot with iron sights.

I recently picked up a Norinco JW-15 and put a 1.5x - 4.5x scope on it, once the kinks are worked out it will be my new squirrel gun.

As my eyes get older, it's easier shoot something with glass on it.

cottswald
September 30, 2013, 07:42 PM
Marlin 39A
http://i788.photobucket.com/albums/yy170/rainerhansen22/IMG_0263.jpg (http://s788.photobucket.com/user/rainerhansen22/media/IMG_0263.jpg.html)

Ruger Mark III Target
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Leanwolf
October 1, 2013, 12:33 AM
I've not hunted squirrels for several years, but during the many years I did hunt them, I used my Remington 550A semi-auto .22 LR that my father gave me for my 13th birthday. That was in 1950. Shot great then; shoots just as accurately today, a squirrel and cottontail killing machine. :D

L.W.

chasu
October 1, 2013, 01:07 PM
I have shot more squirrels with my Benjamin Pellet rifles 342 and NP XL 1100 than I have with rimfire or shotgun combined.

twofifty
October 1, 2013, 01:45 PM
Last 10 or 15 squirrels have been with my 4 5/8" super blackhawk 44 mag... Makes a mess but a fun challenge!
Are squirrel a game animal in your jurisdiction, or a varmint?

SlowFuse
October 1, 2013, 11:01 PM
Boit: Savage Mark II
Semi: Glenfield 75
Shotgun: H&R 410
Pistol: S&W K32

41 Mag
October 2, 2013, 05:11 PM
I have shot plenty with shotguns in .410 and 12gu, as well as a goodly number which felt the need to chew up my feeders with my .243 and my 25-06. Even with a head shot only there wasn't much left to haul in with me.

As of late however with the grandkids getting into the spirit, I have been working on them with my Bowtec Tomkat and my single cock air rifle. The bow is a hoot, but you have to really pick the shots as well as know about where your arrow will land. Even with the small game tips and judo type points they still fly a ways. I haven't gotten around to working up some with the huge fuzzy stuff on the ends just yet.

With either the bow or the pellet rifle heads shot drop them like a rock. It's a challenge though to get them to turn those heads when they are really snuggled up against the limb thinking they are hid.

stressed
October 2, 2013, 05:21 PM
.22LR ruger 10/22 M1 carbine stock.

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg241/mrtwodoorcoupe/20131002_124322.jpg (http://s250.photobucket.com/user/mrtwodoorcoupe/media/20131002_124322.jpg.html)

Kurastduuks
October 3, 2013, 07:02 PM
a darn nuisance

nathan
October 3, 2013, 08:13 PM
Marlin 880 SQ with bull barrel. Killed a lot of em back in the 1990s.

NeuseRvrRat
October 3, 2013, 08:20 PM
CZ 452 American w/ a Leupold VX-II 3-9x33 Rimfire EFR

Natebonebusta
October 3, 2013, 10:45 PM
CZ 452 American w/ a Leupold VX-II 3-9x33 Rimfire EFR
That seems to be a popular combination.

1SOW
October 4, 2013, 01:13 AM
103 written on the stock of my Daisy Pellet rifle. That's a 103 pear-eating tree rats that don't compete for MY Pears. There are a few more that disappeared AFTER they fell out of a tree.

gdcpony
October 4, 2013, 10:52 AM
A pellet rifle or .22, or .410. Any one works as long as it shoots straight and I have a few of these to pick from.

Vlad357
October 5, 2013, 09:10 PM
My favorite is my Stevens 22 410 (pre dates the Savage model 24) with iron sites. I have used a 6 in barreled. 357 and even a Mosin 91 30, but the 22 410 goes out a lot more often.

Robbins290
October 6, 2013, 05:48 PM
a springfield 87a

lastofthebreed
October 6, 2013, 07:07 PM
Gonna try it tomorrow with my Encore 22 LR. Mounted an AO Weaver 3x9 on it today and was shooting clover leaf groups at 50 yds. Limb chickens better watch out.

Mat, not doormat
October 7, 2013, 03:42 AM
Where I'm hunting now, it's not a great idea to shoot a rifle up in into the trees. Houses or farms within a mile in just about every direction. After two days of watching squirrels and only rarely having safe shots, I decided that's what shotguns are for. So I hereby change my answer to Remington Model 11.

Sent from my C771 using Tapatalk 2

RetiredUSNChief
October 7, 2013, 03:51 AM
Usually my Marlin 783 .22 Magnum or Marlin 882 .22LR.

Or whatever I borrow from someone else, like a brother.

I've been known to take my Colt 1991A1 as well. "You might say that that was overkill. I say it's just enough kill." :evil:

Took my AMT .22 Automag II a few times.

bluekouki86
October 7, 2013, 06:19 AM
Marlin/Glenfield 75c. Same as the mod. 60 other than a 16" barrel. I like the shorter barrel for weight savings and easy of carry through the brush.

bpl
October 16, 2013, 08:29 PM
I don't squirrel hunt much, maybe once or twice per year, but when I do I generally use my CZ453 22lr with a Leupold 3-9 EFR rimfire scope. When I go with our boy, he uses a CZ scout 22lr with a bushnell scope.

BigShep85
October 17, 2013, 01:25 AM
This little rifle is my squirrel companion, great gun extremely reliable. It also has a custom krylon camo job!

MI2600
October 20, 2013, 08:17 PM
It's been years, but my preference was a single shot 20ga when the leaves were still up and a single shot .22 when they weren't.

jack44
October 20, 2013, 08:29 PM
10-22 .

M1GarandDeerHunter
October 20, 2013, 08:40 PM
Marlin 39A

sixgunner455
October 21, 2013, 07:24 PM
I've never really hunted squirrels, but I spent a very humorous afternoon chasing one with my single six, one afternoon when I was ostensibly hunting invisible elk.

Oleson
October 23, 2013, 02:23 PM
That would of course be my trusted Kongsberg M30.
http://www.kvf.no/vaapen.php?type=Salong&weaponid=SAL0005

der Teufel
October 23, 2013, 06:24 PM
I hven't actually hunted tree rats in a few years but my old Nylon 66 was my usual partner on those forays into the woods.

Same here. My uncle gave an old Remington pump .22 to my brothers and me to share. After a while I saved my pennies and got my brothers to buy out my share, and dragged my mother down to the sporting goods sections of our local department store and had her buy me a Remington Nylon 66. It's so old it doesn't have a serial number, but it still shoots pretty well.

Captain Capsize
October 25, 2013, 09:07 PM
I just started serious squirrel hunting with my newly acquired Savage model 24 .22 mag over 20 ga. with a 4x Leupold scope. Yesterday I bagged 5 squirrels with 5 .22 head shots. About 6 more that were moving on the ground got away when I tried to get a better shot with the .22. If I would have used the 20 ga. I probably would have gotten another 4 or 5. Oh well, next time they won't be so lucky. i have also recently acquired a Savage model 24 .223 over 20 ga. Next year I will have developed an accurate subsonic or just barely sonic load that will be my go to small game load and still carry some hotter full power .223 ammo for what ever needs it. The .22 mag is really to powerful for squirrel and the better ammo is too pricey. I can reload .223 cheaper and tune the load for accuracy.

red rick
October 27, 2013, 07:34 AM
That's one reason that I like using a .22 , it gives them a little bit of chance.

d2wing
November 1, 2013, 11:51 AM
Cz 452, Ruger 10/22, Winchester 74, 22pistol. More recently a .22 cal pellet gun, QB 78 co2 gun, around my house. Silent deadly and accurate. Tried a GAMO silent Cat, load, inaccurate pretty much junk. Favorite is CZ with 3-9 scope.

Mr. T
November 2, 2013, 02:43 PM
Remington 597...it's a tack driver.

V-fib
November 3, 2013, 02:43 AM
savage ,22lr bolt action. very accurate

v-fib

trigga
November 6, 2013, 12:10 AM
Savage 93r17 with bull barrel. the 17hmr is overkill for squirrels as it ruins most of the meat, that's why i try to go for head shots. prior to that a gsg-5 with red dot.

brainwake
November 11, 2013, 10:52 AM
I was thinking..I wish I could find a good quiet pellet pistol to take with me deer hunting. That way if I get annoyed or bored, I could pick a few off without making too much noise. Does that even exist?

HoploDad
November 11, 2013, 11:04 PM
I was thinking..I wish I could find a good quiet pellet pistol to take with me deer hunting. That way if I get annoyed or bored, I could pick a few off without making too much noise. Does that even exist?
Beeman P17? Good plinker, great value. Might not be quiet enough for the tree stand though. It's $40 so the risk is low compared to most pricier accurate pellet pistols.
http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Beeman_P17/614

HoploDad
November 11, 2013, 11:05 PM
Racine, Wisconsin made Sheridan Blue Streak w/2.5X scope.

Crowman
November 11, 2013, 11:53 PM
Browning T-bolt sporter with Nikon fixed 4x-32 rimfire scope, Federal bulk package .22LR hollow points. Super accurate package, will outshoot my 10-22. With a little lead, can drop 'em on the run with one shot.

ChaoSS
November 16, 2013, 10:09 AM
Beeman P17? Good plinker, great value. Might not be quiet enough for the tree stand though. It's $40 so the risk is low compared to most pricier accurate pellet pistols.
http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Beeman_P17/614I wouldn't use the P17 for squirrel hutning, it's just a bit underpowered for that, I'd think.

Maybe a Crosman 1377 would serve better?

hipoint
November 16, 2013, 09:52 PM
henry h001 .22 loaded up with CB shorts. I got it for dispatching coons in the chickenhouse without bothering the neighbors, but the little cb's are pretty decent on our squirrels too. I like em for the safety reasons as well, doesn't take much to stop a cb from wailing across the sky to points unknown and I DO NOT want to be that guy on the news!

I like the aquila primer only shells and the SSS as well, they do the job just as well as long as you're close.

That little henry is a dandy, I daresay I like it more than my 10/22 just because I can feed shorts and other low power ammo through it.

grovey
November 17, 2013, 12:58 AM
Marlin 880 squirrel rifle. HVY BBL 22 lr only. Topped with a 4x12 swift ao scope.

AKElroy
November 17, 2013, 11:18 PM
Today, this. Savage weather warrior .308. Bushnell elite 5x15x50. Got sick of looking at the same crab-claw 60lb 4 pointer running off far better dear, and when this corn-thief showed, I had my opportunity to stop the a little bit of the corn free-for-all and run-off an ugly little buck in the process.

Maybe a tad much for squirrel, that .308.

jf22-410
November 18, 2013, 10:51 AM
Hi folks, this is my first post and looking forward to more.....
Early season with leaves (sept-oct) i use my mossberg 183d .410 with 3" #6's
i reload them, much cheaper but then i also carry my contender with .22 match barrel. Then later season i use my Norinco JW-15 with simmons 3-9x40 scope a real tack driver and then i carry my contender with 45/410 barrel. occasionally i come home with squirrels shot with both weapons, either way just a great day.
i really enjoy squirrel hunting.

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