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Favorite gun(s) for squirrel/rabbit?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by 38-45 Special, May 31, 2020.

  1. 38-45 Special

    38-45 Special Member

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    I love small game hunting and never miss a chance to do so. I know you could take a squirrel with a pellet rifle if you really had to, but I'm interested to see what your guys' go-to gun or guns are for squirrel and/or rabbit season.

    I personally don't have much experience with rabbit hunting, but my go to gun for a ground squirrel is my Savage 64F. If I've gotta shoot high or if I'm shooting a bit further out, it's my Remington 870.
     
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  3. Highland Lofts

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    When I lived back in Upstate New York I used my Marlin 882 bolt action 22 magnum for squirrels and my Stevens 20 gauge double barrel or my Ithaca model 66 - 20 gauge single shot for rabbits Nd occasional grouse.
    I killed a ton of rabbits & squirrels with these three guns.
     
  4. Glockula

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    My Henry lever action .22, rossi 92 with .38 specials and my good old single shot .410.
     
  5. Loyalist Dave

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    I prefer my flintlock, 20 gauge, trade gun.

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  6. Fyrstyk

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    In my youth it was a Savage Model 24 .22 LR/410. It was the only gun I had and it was the best of both worlds as already mentioned. Now I use a 28 gauge black powder muzzleloader in the early squirrel season when the leaves are on the trees, and a .32 caliber flint lock muzzleloader for when the leaves fall. I like to stalk and spot and shoot rabbits when there is snow on the ground. I use my .32 flint lock for that too.
     
  7. Chuck R.

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    In my youth it was a Rem Nylon 66 for squirrels, 20GA SxS for rabbits over dogs. The Rem Nylon 66 was the 1st gun I ever paid for myself.

    Now I don't hunt rabbits, but for squirrels, it's an older Ruger 77-22 with Leupold 3x9 compact scope. Just had it out yesterday practicing on steel squirrel, rabbit, and crow silhouettes.
     
  8. entropy

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    Mine was my Dad's Remington 572 with a Weaver 2.5x on it. Id' go out and sit in a patch of oaks and wait. Always make sure you have solid tree trunk behind the squirrel if shooting upward. I prefer 20 ga. for rabbits, though I've taken them with .22's, 16 ga. and 12 ga.
     
  9. Ole Joe Clark

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    When I had beagles and rabbit hunted, I used my 20 gauge model 12 Winchester. I still would use it if I rabbit hunted, haven't hunted squirrels in years.

    Have a blessed day,

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  10. natman

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    I have two, a Norinco JW15 clone of a Brno #1 and a Savage 24 in 22LR / 20 ga. The JW15 is for rifle work. It's rather crudely made, but it's quite accurate. I have nicer 22s, but the JW15 is so accurate and I don't care if it gets a few hunting scratches. The Savage is for squirrels when I really want to bring one home. I don't shoot rifles into the air, so the shotgun barrel gets used when I can't line up a shot with a tree trunk as a backstop.
     
  11. Patocazador

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    My favorite is my Ruger Standard model .22 pistol. I've taken quite a few rabbits and squirrels with it.
     
  12. WestKentucky

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    Single six with mag cylinder for critters with patience, Mossberg 20ga for those critters who feel the need to move around. The single six has a lot more pop with the mag cylinder, and seems to be more accurate as well, so it is the preferred critter gitter.
     
  13. Varminterror

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    SxS .410... but the problem is finding a proper model.

    In practice, I almost unilaterally use a .410 single shot, a 10/22, or a 17WSM Bmag when porting a long gun, and use a 17HMR revolver most days when wheelguning small game.
     
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