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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-26-2014, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Squirrel rifles ready!

Got back from the rifle range 1/2 hour age, sighted in the Mossberg S46M and the Remington Matchmaster, both are scoped and made in 1947. I'm ready for squirrel hunting! Mossberg will only shoot Winchester HP Super X. The Remington only PMC Target. At 50 yds both rifles are now shooting a five shot 1/4 and 3/8 inch group.(breezy) All are cutting the first round's hole, then I get a pulled shot. Dawg gone heart beat is throwing me off! Head shots only. So my missed squirrel can't be blamed on the weapons. It still amazes me the way these old .22 rifles shoot. More amazing is that I can still shoot, I was hatched in 1947!!
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I gave the shotgun up awhile ago for squirrel and loved the 22. I have a 17 Mach2 and a 17 HMR I use now that are deadly accurate. We're pretty close in age. I still get excited about squirrel hunting, taking a snooze in the woods and coming home with a limit (sometimes).

I'm so far behind I think I'm in first place.
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misfire make and model of the mach 2 any issue with ammo. oh yeah type of scope you have. I have an interest in the Mach2, more so than the HMR
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Doesn't a 17 take out a lot of meat or are all shots head shots? I have never shot a 17 so just wondering.
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The 5mm is ready to go.Yep head shots only!!
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I have a Savage Mark II bull barrel in 17 mach 2 and a Savage 17 HMR. Since they are both very, very accurate head shots are the only way to go. Both have 3x9x50 Tasco's. Great for low light. Mach II ammo can be found as well as the 17 HMR. I really like shooting 22's but after you see how accurate, flat shooting these guns are out of the box it's amazing.

I'm so far behind I think I'm in first place.
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Doesn't a 17 take out a lot of meat or are all shots head shots? I have never shot a 17 so just wondering.
A shoulder shot does pretty much ruin the whole front end. I usually try for the head, but sometimes on the longer shots I'll put one thru the rib cage, and meat damage is minimal.

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The 5mm is ready to go.Yep head shots only!!
Oh yeah !!!!

DEFINITELY nothing but head shots with a 5-Mag if you wanna eat squirrel.

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One of my first squirrels with this was a body shot.WOW!!!! Head shots only since then,still shoot the original Rem.factory ammo.I bought this gun in 1985 with one of my first paychecks!! Along with ten boxes of ammo.
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This is why I like my 32 cal with patched roundball. It just punches a hole. Head shots are what I strive for, but the rib cage is a close second for a aiming point.

I'm glad so many are into squirrel hunting!!
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