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Ultimate Squirrel cartridge ?

I'm 62 years old and have been squirrel hunting my whole life with rimfire and shotguns. In my opinion for the style of Squirrel hunting I do the 17mach2 seems to be the perfect squirrel round (for me).
I had a Thompson Carbine barrel in the caliber but sold it. Now I just have the Thompson handgun with a 14inch barrel in that round. Its weird to me that rifles in the caliber have all but disappeared , cept maybe Savage still makes a couple
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Re: Ultimate Squirrel cartridge ?

I loved my 17hmr and loved to hunt with it before I traded my 17hmr for my over under 20 gage. I also had a mach 2. I traded that for a treestand a few years ago.

I enjoyed shooting my 17hmr because it was such a tack driver and was just a beautiful gun.

But I avree with you that the 17 mach2 is the best squirrel cartridge. I have shot squirrels with that gun in the 80 yard range, and have shot them close and never blew them in half as much as I did with the 17hmr. Only down fall with the mach2 is that if it is windy, and you are taking a bit farther shots its accuracy gos way down.

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Re: Ultimate Squirrel cartridge ?

Hard to beat a 52 Winchester or a marlin 39A 22
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Re: Ultimate Squirrel cartridge ?

The 17 Mach 2 does sound like an interesting cartridge but I will stick with the tried and true plain Jane 22LR.

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I agree, the .22 LR is my squirrel round for over 55 years.
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Best for me also. For a while I did have trouble finding shells.
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My choice is 22 LR hollow points. Dad and I use to hunt squirrels a lot and he favored the 22 magnum. I liked the 22 as it did not crack as loud and enable me numerous time to bag doubles and triples before they knew what was going on.

One day I even shot my limit of 6 from one tree in a span of about 15 minutes.

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I remember the days like that about 35 years ago when the squirrels were more plentiful. How long ago was it for you when you got your limit in such a short time?
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Re: Ultimate Squirrel cartridge ?

17 mach2 also. Tack driver and little meat damage. I'm glad I bought a Rem 540 and a couple thousands rounds when I did.
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Re: Ultimate Squirrel cartridge ?

I have the 17HMR and Mach2. Both are probably the most accurate guns I own other that the 222's I have. The Mach2 is probably the best for squirrel.

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