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mo84
March 12, 2011, 09:46 AM
I was just wonding what everyone uses to take squirrels and rabbits. I started out using a 22 cal for squirrels then moved on to the mossberg 500 12 gage. I bought a browning bps 10 gage and find it works better. whats your favorit gun to use.

oletymer
March 12, 2011, 09:55 AM
A 10 ga. for rabbit and squirrels? I use a 22 because that is all you need. A shotgun is not very sporting although some people prefer them.

jglsprings
March 12, 2011, 10:03 AM
I know it is the shotgun forum, but, I use my .22 ninety nine percent of the time.

liberty -r- death
March 12, 2011, 11:17 AM
I prefer 22lr. over shot gun. Never have to worry about biting into a pellet with a 22.

A couple of public hunting grounds I use require shotgun. So I use a 20 ga. there.

zippy13
March 12, 2011, 11:52 AM
When the local rabbits grow wings, I'll let you know which shotgun I choose. 'Till then it's a rimfire.

Rifleman1776
March 12, 2011, 12:10 PM
My favorite is my Revolutionary period transitional style flintlock longrifle in .45 cal.
However, I have killed many-many more with my Ruger 10/22.

44 AMP
March 12, 2011, 12:18 PM
When using shotguns, for squirrel and rabbit, I prefer either my Winchester Model 12 or my grandfather's Ithaca Flues model double. #7 1/2 or 8s for squirrels and #6 for rabbit. Lead shot only.

The trick for squirrels is to "bark" them, in other words, aim just a bit off, so they are only hit by the edge of the pattern. Otherwise, you get a lot more lead than meat!

The shotgun is not the best thing for squirrels, a .22LR is much more efficient. For rabbits, the shotgun does a bit better efficiency-wise, but a .22 is still a good choice, unless you are shooting running game, where the pattern of the shotgun gives it an edge.

TheNatureBoy
March 12, 2011, 12:34 PM
I've never hunted rabbit but as far as hunting squirrel is concerned I use a pellet rifle a w/scope. Just as lethal as a .22 and a whole lot quieter.

mo84
March 12, 2011, 12:37 PM
I use the shotgun because 99% of the time the squirrels are on the ground at a fair distance as I sit on a ridge and catch them as they go by. The 22 didn't seem to be as efficient compaired to the 10 gage. I drive about an hour to where I hunt so missing them kinda makes for a bad day lol. I think if I had a dog to tree them then I would probably just use a 22 but that seems like alot of work compaired to sitting on the ridge just being patient :D I like hunting squirrel/rabbit because it seems to be the only season I can hunt state land without anyone else around.

M.O.A.
March 12, 2011, 12:41 PM
i have always used a 20 ga. but i just got a new 17hmr that i think will be the squirrel killer of the year

arcticap
March 12, 2011, 01:10 PM
My long time favorite squirrel gun is a .410 Remington 870 pump with a full choke.
I've found that even only one well placed ball of #6 shot is capable of harvesting an eastern gray squirrel.
The 3" .410 shells provide enough extra range to effectively hit squirrels that are moving limb to limb in the tree tops.
Aiming the .410 is more forgiving than a .22 and it doesn't cause as much meat damage as the larger gauge shotguns can.
And the .410 doesn't often cause enough pelt damage to ruin the possibility of having a squirrel mounted. If firing any shotgun at very close range then one can always aim off to the side so that the squirrel is hit with fewer pellets from the fringe of the shot pattern compared to when firing directly at it.

gunut
March 12, 2011, 01:51 PM
Ruger 10/22 or model 42 winchester 410....

zippy13
March 12, 2011, 02:18 PM
Greetings gunut, and welcome aboard

Nice gun the Winchester Model 42.

Old Grump
March 12, 2011, 02:25 PM
Any 20 gauge. light loads and any shot between #8 and #6, never any higher. I prefer a 22 but as my eyes get a little fuzzier the wee bit of extra help keeps me in the game.

DiscoRacing
March 12, 2011, 02:43 PM
squirrel...ruger m77 .223
rabbit....beretta al2 12 ga.

HeroHog
March 12, 2011, 02:52 PM
It's actually my coon/varmint gun, a Model 60 Marlin Glenfield. :cool:

http://herohog.com/images/guns/glenfield.jpg

http://herohog.com/images/guns/glenfield-folded.jpg

I have used her to flush and hold a 2 legged varmint for the local Deputy to come get but that's a whole `nuther type of hunting! :D

pabuckslayer08
March 12, 2011, 02:59 PM
If im stalking in field edges and what not I use my .17 but when im in thick forest I carry my 11-87

mo84
March 12, 2011, 04:57 PM
herohog that is one interesting looking gun to say the least lol:eek:

Dave McC
March 12, 2011, 08:00 PM
My first squirrels fell to a single shot H&R 16 gauge,ca 1927 manufacture and 1958 employment. It has been Pop's first shotgun also,

Singles still trip my trigger for squirrels. I've taken a 12 gauge NEF single hunting a couple times and made meat. These days, though, I've lots of choices including a few 20 gauges, an 870 and an O/U. I shoot both well.

Where I live has too many people around to fire off 22s into the canopy. I used to take a HS Trophy Supermatic target pistol along for squirrels on the ground and that 16 gauge for upward shots.

I've taken squirrels and rabbits with everything from 4s to 8s. By and large, 6s work best,followed by 5s, IMO.


HTH....

Creek Henry
March 12, 2011, 10:26 PM
.22 marlin lever gun or 12 bore. My .22 Magnum AMT semi-auto works well out to 40 yards or so but it's hard getting that close to truely wild rabbits and squirrels.

a7mmnut
March 12, 2011, 10:51 PM
Again--a 10 GAUGE?:eek: I use a Marlin M60 and Ithaca 72 now, but my eye has been out for a Savage 24 in either .22/.410 or .22/20 ga.


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Slugo
March 13, 2011, 09:29 AM
this will take small game out better than a firearm. 1977 vintage Sheridan Blue Streak... :)

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bet on it!!
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publius
March 15, 2011, 07:40 PM
11-48 .410 or Franchi 48 .20ga. for rabbits and .22 rifle w/ subsonics for squirrel. You sure have taken good care of that Sheridan, great pellet guns.

LSnSC
March 16, 2011, 06:48 AM
LT 20 1100. My first "real" shotgun. I used give the squirrels and rabbits hell with that little shotgun.:D

fadetoblack172
March 16, 2011, 07:55 AM
winchester model 12 20 gauge :D

Rob228
March 16, 2011, 08:05 AM
I grew up in upstate NY, so gray squirrels were the first animals I ever hunted, and squirrel hunting is still one of my favorite things to do. I always used a 20 gauge with #6 shot. I can't say I ever had excess meat damage either.

A shotgun is not very sporting although some people prefer them.

I don't entirely agree with this, mainly as I was a shotgun squirrel hunter :D Most of my shots were up into trees and I would much rather be putting #6 shot into the air than a .22, as the #6 will fall down reasonably soon, that .22 is just going to keep on going if it misses.

PawPaw
March 16, 2011, 09:40 AM
For early season squirrel hunting, when the leaves are still on the trees, I prefer a shotgun, generally a 20 gauge pump. For late season squirrels when the leaves are off the trees I prefer a .22 rimfire.

For rabbit hunting with beagles, I always use a 20 gauge pump.

jhog1
March 16, 2011, 11:49 AM
I have always used a 20 ga. but i just got a new 17hmr that i think will be the squirrel killer of the year

Take head shots if you want to eat them

I grew up in upstate NY, so gray squirrels were the first animals I ever hunted, and squirrel hunting is still one of my favorite things to do. I always used a 20 gauge with #6 shot. I can't say I ever had excess meat damage either.

Rob228 Where in NY are you ? The first game I ever legally hunted were pheasants. Back then you had to be 14 for small game and legally couldn't go alone till you were 16. Our parents let us go around the house by ourselves before we were old enough though. As soon as we got home from school me a couple friends would grab our shotguns and coats and head out till dinner time first we would hit the fields and hedge rows for pheasants and rabbits, most days we ended up in the oaks for squirrels. We only used shotguns because we didn't see to many rabbits that wern't high tailing it. I had a 16 gauge Mossburg 500 that I got for Christmass. On the weekends it was game on for the pheasant with my father and his GSP. Unfortunatley the pheasants have all but disappeared around here. I do hunt squirrels with the .22 and .17 now

327Nomad
March 16, 2011, 11:49 AM
Gamo Whisper (with suppressor) in .117 with replacement scope and Predator Polymags. One shot a piece. Anything less than 800-900 fps won't do the job.

Rob228
March 16, 2011, 11:52 AM
Jhog1,
I grew up a little west of Binghamton, but I'm on the left coast now.

williamd
March 16, 2011, 12:03 PM
Often use my scoped Anshultz 22rf. But, like my Ithaca 20G SxS choked skt/skt. Just as nice little gun to carry and shoot. It is fast, which is often necessary on bunnies. If the trees are tall I switch to a Beretta BL4 20g choked F/M.

BigJimP
March 16, 2011, 12:04 PM
I have no interest in hunting ...let alone eating a squirrel ... " its a Tree Rat" ...

and I've only hunted rabbits a few times ....but a 20ga or 28ga is plenty ...with a load of 6's .../and the few times I've gone, it was always with a 20ga or 28ga O/U Browning with a 30" barrel ( same guns I shoot for clays )....and we were hunting with a buddy's dogs...

It was fun / and tasty ....a nice crispy skin, over a bed of fried potatoes ...and a little pan gravy ...and a nice cabernet ... hard to beat ( courtesy of my buddy's wife / who is quite a chef ) ...

Pahoo
March 16, 2011, 12:41 PM
Squirrels;
Ruger 10/22 and MK-II as well as my TC .36 Seneca

Rabbits;
Stevens mod. 24, .22 over 20Ga.

Be Safe !!!

jhog1
March 17, 2011, 10:18 AM
I have no interest in hunting ...let alone eating a squirrel ... " its a Tree Rat" ...

and I've only hunted rabbits a few times ....but a 20ga or 28ga is plenty ...with a load of 6's .../and the few times I've gone, it was always with a 20ga or 28ga O/U Browning

It was fun / and tasty ....a nice crispy skin, over a bed of fried potatoes ...and a little pan gravy ...and a nice cabernet

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d50/jhog1/snooty.jpg

Pahoo
March 17, 2011, 02:54 PM
I have no interest in hunting ...let alone eating a squirrel ... " its a Tree Rat" ...
I'll bet if conditions were riight, you'd eat the back side of a skunk. Just tell yourself; that it's all protein. ..... :)
Personally, I like those Tree-Rats" better than rabbit, especially the Greys ... :)


Be Safe !!!

trg42wraglefragle
March 17, 2011, 06:57 PM
I gave up shooting rabbits with my shotgun, even with #2 lead they'd still run away after getting hit, or i just couldn't get close enough.

22 is better on the ears, the wallet,has longer range and better on the shoulder (not that that bothers me).

nutty ned
March 24, 2011, 09:46 PM
mo84:
I use a 12 ga mostly for squirrels with #2 shot, fewer pellets and one will kill. One must learn to offset your pattern on close shots.
For rabbits I used a 12 ga and #6 shot from an improved skeet choke.

williamd
March 25, 2011, 01:28 PM
nutty ned ... "improved skeet choke" ... is that like a skeet in and skt out , or skt 1 and skt2? So, maybe my Winc M21 20g with skt 1 and skt 2 will be a good one for the woods and fields???? I think a squirrel or bunny would b e pleased to get taken with a M21! :p

jackpine
March 27, 2011, 05:49 PM
savage 24 22lr/20 or a marlin 81 22lr

Vt.birdhunter
March 27, 2011, 05:50 PM
I bought a browning bps 10 gauge and find it works better

Bazooka still on back-order?:D

Sorry, couldnt resist.
Lots of tools in a hunters bag, your using a sledgehammer to hang molding.

With more precision and practice you will fill your bag just as reliably with a 20 gauge or similar. Try some turkey hunting style optics (1-3x, red-dot, etc.) and pattern your chokes if your are losing game when you knew you were on.

When you start doing it with .22's you'll be at a whole different skill level; something to work towards.

The Jaeger
March 31, 2011, 10:31 AM
Rabbits: A couple good beagles and a Winchester Model 42 using 3.5" shells
with 7.5 shot:D

Squirrels: Winchester 43 with reduced 22 hornet loads:D

HawkeyeNRAlifer
March 31, 2011, 12:51 PM
I know, it's a shotgun forum, but it's a 44 special for me. When I used to use a shotty, it was the Mossberg 500 12 gauge. Handgun hunting just makes it more interesting.