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What rifle do you squirrel hunt with?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Natebonebusta, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. Natebonebusta

    Natebonebusta Member

    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.
  2. courtgreene

    courtgreene Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Preferably, my Ruger Mk 2, not a rifle, but shoots like one.

  4. Natebonebusta

    Natebonebusta Member

    MCgunner, I'm a fan of hunting them with a pistol too.
  5. Corpral_Agarn

    Corpral_Agarn Well-Known Member

    Usually a Winchester 9422. That little lever gun is pretty darn accurate.
  6. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    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.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2013
  7. kbbailey

    kbbailey Well-Known Member

    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
  8. horsemen61

    horsemen61 Well-Known Member

    I use my .410 the most followed by my buckmark pistol
  9. Lennyjoe

    Lennyjoe Well-Known Member

  10. Claude Clay

    Claude Clay Well-Known Member

    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...
  11. swiftak

    swiftak Well-Known Member

    marlin 39
  12. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. jrdolall

    jrdolall Well-Known Member

    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.
  14. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    Ruger "Wally-World Special" 10/22. 4x32 Bushnell.


    Thompson/Center Seneca .36 cal.

  15. bearman49709

    bearman49709 Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. tahunua001

    tahunua001 Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. PapaG

    PapaG Well-Known Member

    .32 cal TC Cherokee.
  18. gbran

    gbran Well-Known Member


  19. bigdogpete

    bigdogpete Well-Known Member

    Model 1906 winchester
  20. limpingbear

    limpingbear Well-Known Member

    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.....

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