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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 12-17-2012, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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Rifle or Shotgun for squirrel?

Just wanted to see what everybody uses. I mostly use either an old single shot .22 or my .17hmr. However, went out with a friend on Saturday and took my old 20 gauge side by side. It is a European gun that was actually chambered for 2 1/2" shells but I got reamed out for 2 3/4". Not even sure of the make but man does it make it rain squirrels. Shot 4 in about 10 minutes and I think it may be my new favorite squirrel gun. So, what gun do you use and why?
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Re: Rifle or Shotgun for squirrel?

I use either my marlin 22wmr or my rem 870 wingmaster with #5 highbrass, but my new squirell peice is an old mossberg bolt action 410. i think if your eating them a rifle with headshots is best but I like to case skin them and tan their pelts haha call me weird but i like pelts the 22 is no good for tyat because it either take the head off or puts a big hole tgrough them, so i like the shotgun, my 12 is a little too easy, I prefer the 410 with #4

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Re: Rifle or Shotgun for squirrel?

Although i have found the 12 doesnt have much more squirel range than a 410, im sure your 20 is pretty cool, i always hated when a squirel would take off and not stop for a rifle shot, oh and i also use a ruger single six, 6.5 in barrel single action only. I use the 22lr cylnder for hearing reasons because the 22wmr rounds are quite loud from that gun.

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Re: Rifle or Shotgun for squirrel?

.410 or 12 gauge early on due to the foilage, but late season is the time for the .22

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Re: Rifle or Shotgun for squirrel?

I hadn't squirrel hunted for years but last year my son and I went out mentored youth. We haven't gotten one yet together but I've rediscovered a passion for squirrel hunting. I just bought a Ruger 77/22 bolt action 22lr and am hoping to try it soon.

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Re: Rifle or Shotgun for squirrel?

I like using my Savage MKII in .22lr. I really like the challenge of it. And the squirrels can definitely make it a challenge.
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Re: Rifle or Shotgun for squirrel?

I used to carry my H & R .22 a lot, much shooting little killing. I will now be trying my Ruger Single Six in .22lr. I have never seen a need for the .22 mag. Also I have a .410 o/u I may take out.

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Re: Rifle or Shotgun for squirrel?

I use both. Savage 24 .22wmr over a 20 gauge. This is my favorite taking a walk gun


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Re: Rifle or Shotgun for squirrel?

That savage is beautiful!. My dad has one of those in .222/20gauge, Good for predators and turkeys but a little big for anything smaller than a groundhog.
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Re: Rifle or Shotgun for squirrel?

I love this savage. I bought it for the way I like to hunt. I like to take long walks and it covers all my needs pretty well. With the Williams peep its very accurate. It may not be perfect for everyone but It works for me.

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