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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-19-2018, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Any custom squirrel rifles?

Anyone have a custom or high end squirrel rifle? I've gotten into refinishing rifles lately and thought it would be fun to spruce up a 22 for squirrel. I'd love to see what you guys have.
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-19-2018, 03:02 PM
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No custom but I do own two that I consider "High End". The first is a Ruger "All Weather" 77/22 HB Stainless Laminate wood stock. It sits under an older Leupold Vari-X II 4x12X AO scope. I use Remington 22LR Subsonic HP and I have a good stash of the old Western Mark III "Super Match" Target ammo from the early to mid-1960's that it really likes. You may find this ammo at gun shows but it is expensive as it is usually sold to collectors at a premium price.

The second is a recent purchase and I have some testing to do but it's also a Ruger. Since you can hunt small game with semi-autos now I intend to do just that this fall. It is a 10/22 "Target" blued version with the 20" .920 Heavy Barrel and laminate stock. I plan to mount Leupold's new VX-Freedom 3x9 40MM Rimfire MOA scope on this one. I have until fall to play with this one.

I have hunted squirrels since I was 12 years old and still enjoy it very much. I look forward to this fall as I begin my 47th year chasing them.
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marlin 880 SQ Heavy BBL with A 3X9 Nikon, shoots rem yellow jacket hollow points very well.
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the gun I use may not be high end but it does the job is a Marlin Glenfield model 25 .22 lr open sights
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post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-19-2018, 11:35 PM
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Been hunting squirrels since 1953 and had a number of good cheap rifles over the years, but I have two of my best currently 1) Browning BL 22 with a Bushnell 4 power scope. Had the scope long before others were using anything but the smaller 22 scopes and 2) A Ruger All Weather Stainless 77/22 with a Tasco World Class 3X9X40 which is an excellent shooter. I have experimented with 22's from all over the world to find what groups best. I too prefer the subsonic rounds as they don't scare the squirrels when there is 1-2-3 or more on one tree like the blast from the ultrasound over kill rounds. When I was a kid I only hunted squirrel with short hollow point...still one of my favorite rounds.

For many years I dreamed of owning a Browning semi-auto made for shorts only. Then I lived in a state where semi auto were legal for hunting.

A buddy had a 541S which was a good squirrel shooter also.

Still love to hunt squirrels, but haven't for a few years.
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I work with a guy that only hunts with Anschutz. Uses 4-16 power scopes so he can decide which eye he wants to take out.


Myself, is only mid range and nothing tricked out.... Well, except for my k hornet, but I only use that in the overlap with turkey. And lets not forget about my target 22 pistols, which I'm still not allowed to use but are more accurate inside of 50 yards than some of the guns below.


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