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best out of the box squirrel gun

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by acgill07, Nov 15, 2010.

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  1. acgill07

    acgill07 Member

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    I am looking to pass along the compact 10/22 that I have had since I was 13 and purchase a new squirrel gun. The available options are overwhelming and I would appreciate some suggestions. Here are some guidelines:

    Less than $500
    Prefer a stainless barrel and synthetic stock
    Not a heavy target gun
    No real action preference
    Best out of the box accuracy (I dont want to spend time or money on upgrades)

    I will be scoping it.

    Thank for the help.
     
  2. JoeMal

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    This is only my "others like it" pick, but ff you want nice, accurate and semi-fancy, hie thee to the gunstore and look at a CZ 452.

    My "I like it" would be a nice Marlin lever action. They are fun, accurate and everything you want in a squirrel gun. You might also enjoy a Henry Golden Boy.
     
  4. oneounceload

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    While I know you are thinking .22 rifle, IMO, the BEST squirrel gun would be a nice compact shotgun in 410 or 28.........especially with old eyes....... :D
     
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    I also use the Marlin Model 60 with a 3x9 Simmons scope. A real tack driver.

    BUT, make sure you have part of the tree as a backstop when shooting them fuzzytails.
    The .22 Long Rifle will travel up to a mile and a half if you do miss! Ouch!! (or worse).

    Also, Oneounceload is right too! A .410 shotgun is FUN to use!!! How about a .410 double barrel? Hmmmmm..........

    P.S. My Model 60 is an older model with a 17 shot tube.
     
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  7. Cosmik de Bris

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    Whilst the Marlin Model 60 is a great rifle, most squirrels have small paws and have difficulty reaching the trigger.
     
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    How about you keep it and put the action in a nice custom stock with a new match barrel?
    Keep the youth stock for when you have kids yourself!

    http://www.eabco.com/102207.htm

    http://www.rifle-stocks.com/photo_gallery.htm

    http://www.boydsgunstocks.com/Replacement-Stocks-for-Ruger-10-22-and-77-MKII-s/6.htm

    I can gauranttee ya there will come a day when you will really regret getting rid of your first rifle!

    rc
     
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    Can't beat the Marlins, 60 or 39A. I have both, a 39A with XS ghost rings and a scoped 60. I prefer the 39A because I can track a moving target better. Both are tack drivers...
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    Good luck with your choice.
     
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    +1 on the 410 or 28,
    more so the 410, great cal. good for squirrels, dove, rabbit, yotes, and the odd bump in the night!
    i love my rem 1100 28 sporter but i can only get ammo once a year at wal-mart (dove season)
     
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    I think a Marlin 925 bolt gun is hard to beat. They are amazingly accurate and I bought one for my son at Bass Pro for less than $200.
     
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    +1 on marlin 60. Get some cheap glass and go blast Rocky!
     
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    My fay-vo-rite small game gun is a Savage 24 .22/.410 o/u.
    Our 8yr old took 3 squirrels with it a couple weeks ago.
     
  16. acgill07

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    I guess I should clarify, I am not selling the old 10/22. It is staying in the family, just not in my closet. Thanks for all the suggestions, but unfortunately the numerous options doesnt help me narrow it down much! Lots to consider.
     
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    CZ452 Lux or American
     
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    Difficult to recommend the 10-22 since it needs work to shoot minute of squirrel. I would get the Marlin 60 and get a great scope with the extra money.

    Guys, I remember my 410 single shot and that you need to get within 15 yards or less. If I could hunt and not worry about humans, give me a good scoped 22lr.
     
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    Cz-452. But my experience is that a good .410 shotgun with a full choke will still do quite a number on a squirrel at 25 or more yards. Honestly, I've found them to be about as effective as bigger gauges on squirrels.
     
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    The CZ's are definitely awesome. Very accurate and quality built.

    If you want a semi-auto, I'd go with the Marlin 795. They are like a hundred bucks after the factory rebate they're running right now, and you can get them with stainless barrels and synthetic stocks just like you want. For a pure out of the box shooter, a Marlin has a better trigger and is capable of better accuracy than a bone stock 10/22. They come all set up with sling studs from the factory, unlike the Model 60. I just prefer mags to a tube feed anyway.
     
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    Heresy! I am not sure where this thing about 10/22 not being accurate comes from, but that has not been my experience, either with the 3 or 4 I have owned or currently own, or with the multitudes I have shot with over the years.
     
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    This is 10 shots through mine at 50 yards

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    Other than the Bushnell scope on it, it is a completely stock Carbine.
     
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    i would choose the CZ 452 American in 17 HMR with a good scope as my dedicated squirel gun. it's accurate and has a lot of reach.

    i've alway felt those Savage 24s were perfect for just about anything that climbs trees though. make mine a 22 lr/ 20 gage and we're in business.
     
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    I really like my 10/22 Sporter but my Marlin 39A is an awesome shooter. BUT, one of these days I'm going to have a Weatherby XXll. Not the new bolt action. The old semi-auto tube feed. Shot one 25 years ago and been thinking about one ever since.
     
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