Recently my son has shown a real interest in going squirrel hunting. His excitement is contagious and has made me want to get back into it. I haven't squirrel hunted in earnest for years. I have several shotguns I could use, but was thinking of using a .22 instead. Years ago I picked up a bolt action marlin .22 mag. My plinkin .22's I have sited in at 50 yards. Do any of you guys use a .22 mag for squirrels and do you site them in at 50 or 100 yards. I have owned the gun for a while but wasn't sure of its effective range. Sorry if this is a silly question just wanted to get some feedback before I go to sight in. Thanks guys and info is appreciated.
I don't (or haven't) hunted squirrel's in years. But the 22 Mag will be more than enough gun out to 100 yards. I use my 22 Mag to kill fox and when I have that 100 yard shot on a Red or Gray, the 22 Mag will do the job as long as I do mine.
I use my .22 mag Marlin Model 783 for squirrels regularly. It really makes no more of a mess than a regulare .22. I sight in dead on at 50 yards. Check it at 75. You will be hard pressed to even get a 100 yard shot on a squirrel.
my 882SSV (marlin) is sighted dead at 100, 1" high at 50 and dead at 25. judging distnce on on squaks is the hard part...they dont' afford much time. I usually aim at the bottom of their chest or jaw and let'r rip
Feral Cats are God's version of Ballistic Gelatin. - anonymous from another forum
Mine is an old Savage 24 O/U 20 ga. mag and 22mag with Weaver 1-4x wide angle scope. I have shot squirrel, foxes, and chucks with it. I sight it in for 50 yds., need to hold about 3" higher with the shotshells. I found the Remington 33 gr. Accutips to be most accurate 22 mag shell.