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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-30-2018, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Squirrel Gun Advice

I'm thinking about taking the scope off of my .22 (that I use for squirrel and plinking) and putting on a red dot sight. Does anyone have any experience to help talk me in or out of this?
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-30-2018, 06:28 PM
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Just my 2 cents since I never used a red dot. I have a 3x9x50 scope on my .22 and .17 HMR for squirrels. I like the variable power of the scopes plus with old eyes the scope makes it easier to see and shoot them.
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Mine is a winchester lever action so I like the idea of something minimal/compact.
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-30-2018, 07:05 PM
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Tisk, tisk! A red dot on a Winchester lever gun. 'Tis truly sacrilege!

As Laylow stated, you would be better served , for practical purposes, by a variable power scope.

Red dots are accurate and would work...but.....

If you want something minimal and compact try a peep site. If you never tried one, you may be surprised by their accuracy, and you can't get much more compact than that.
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I know you guys are right, as far as taking headshots on squirrels. But come on, doesn't this look like fun? I can just hear the cans getting knocked over just looking at this.

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maybe I need another .22
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I would not do it. I recently took a red dot off my plinker .22 and replaced with a scope...I'm glad I did. If you are I would suggest getting a red dot with the smallest MOA dot possible. The dot in mine was so big that it covered the entire bullseye and then some at 50yards. The rifle was certainly far more accurate than the reddot would allow it to be.
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Alright you guys talked me out of it. My .22 is a good shooter I would hate to hold it back.
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I curently have 2 squirrel rifles...1) Browning 22 with a 4 power Bushnell scope and 2) a Ruger 22 bolt action with a Tasco World Class 3X9. Both are very accurate for squirrel. I have taken a lot of squirrels over any years with the Browning and only purchased the Ruger a couple of years ago and is a tad more accurate which could be related to the 3X9 scope and my aging eyes.

One tip I might pass on for 22's and squirrels would be to find the ammo that shoots best in your gun. I have experimented with dozens of different 22 ammo and if your 22 is like any of the 8 I have owned they seem to like some ammo far better than others. Squirrels are small targets.

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Don't do it!!

A squirrel's head is about 1.25" give or take. A cross hair is about .25" MOA give or take.

A red dot is 2" 3" or 4" MOA. It will block out the head and maybe the entire squirrel.

The squirrel deserves to die quickly. Not be wounded because we want to play with a new toy.
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