The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Dave McCracken Memorial Shotgun Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old September 4, 2008, 08:57 PM   #1
Gamehunter59
Junior Member
 
Join Date: September 4, 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 10
Squirrel Hunting

Do you like to hunt squirrels with a 20 ga or a .22? what kind of ammo do you use?
Gamehunter59 is offline  
Old September 4, 2008, 09:01 PM   #2
MrNiceGuy
Junior member
 
Join Date: August 16, 2008
Posts: 919
.17HMR

Hornady
MrNiceGuy is offline  
Old September 4, 2008, 09:04 PM   #3
hogdogs
Staff In Memoriam
 
Join Date: October 31, 2007
Location: Western Florida panhandle
Posts: 11,071
12 or 20 for shot guns .22lr in rifle or pistol...
brent
hogdogs is offline  
Old September 4, 2008, 09:10 PM   #4
dipper
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 6, 2008
Posts: 895
.22 long rifle--Ruger 77/22.
CCI 40 grain SGBs.

Browning Buckmark pistol---same load.

Dipper
__________________
---------------------------------------------------------
"It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees"
EMILIANO ZAPATA SALAZAR
dipper is offline  
Old September 4, 2008, 09:11 PM   #5
Gamehunter59
Junior Member
 
Join Date: September 4, 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 10
which one do you prefer
Gamehunter59 is offline  
Old September 4, 2008, 09:13 PM   #6
AZGunLover
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 17, 2006
Location: AZ
Posts: 281
I prefer a Ruger 10/22
AZGunLover is offline  
Old September 4, 2008, 09:15 PM   #7
AZGunLover
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 17, 2006
Location: AZ
Posts: 281
Oh and for ammo I use CCI mini mag hollow points
AZGunLover is offline  
Old September 4, 2008, 09:17 PM   #8
hogdogs
Staff In Memoriam
 
Join Date: October 31, 2007
Location: Western Florida panhandle
Posts: 11,071
For me it depends on reason to hunt and use of squirrels. If they are just for the dogs or snake I don't mind the challenge of the pistol and body shots are okay as I don't clean them or mind heavy damage. The rifle allows head shots for cleanest meat and shotguns are good if I don't mind pickin' shot out of the meat. My 20 is short barrel which allows hunting in heavier cover and the 12 has the long barrel and accu-choke option for long range shooting...
Brent
hogdogs is offline  
Old September 4, 2008, 09:22 PM   #9
dipper
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 6, 2008
Posts: 895
Quote:
which one do you prefer
Me? I prefer my Ruger (rifle), it is very accurate with several loads and head shots are no problem out to 50 yards and beyond--it is a nice little rifle.
I've got a Simmons Atec 3 X 12 on it right now, but am thinking of changing it out.
Nothing wrong with it but the Parallax adjustment is a pain because you can see the difference between settings very easily ---I swear I could almost use it as a range finder.LOL
It's just a pain when your in the woods with shadows and funny lighting.

Dipper
__________________
---------------------------------------------------------
"It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees"
EMILIANO ZAPATA SALAZAR
dipper is offline  
Old September 5, 2008, 07:09 AM   #10
Doyle
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 20, 2007
Location: Starkville, MS (new to MS)
Posts: 4,707
In the woods, any of the .22 subsonic ammo. It kills squirrels just as dead as any of the high-power stuff and is much quieter. In the back yard, I use CB caps. That is pretty weak, but the range is short enough that it doesn't matter.
Doyle is offline  
Old September 5, 2008, 07:41 AM   #11
crowbeaner
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 4, 2007
Location: Upstate SC
Posts: 1,938
We hunt them with both. One of us has the .22 and one has the shotty. If a treerat presents a clean shot I take him with the 22 and if they are kinda hidden then the kid uses the 12. I'm still working on cast boolit loads for the .222 to shoot them at long range.
__________________
If you want your children to follow in your footsteps, be careful where you walk.
Beware the man that only owns one gun; he probably knows how to use it.
I just hope my ship comes in before my dock rots.
crowbeaner is offline  
Old September 5, 2008, 08:11 AM   #12
garryc
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 12, 2005
Posts: 2,314
That all depends on where I'm hunting. 90% of the time I use a 22. Often with 22 short hollow points, at least when I use my dads old single shot 22 winchester. We don't have grey squirrels in my immediate area, just fox squirrels. They tend to expose themselves more and are slower.

When I use a shot gun ( which is seldom) it's usually when I'm after greys in SE ohio in the thick when you only see them close in like early season, it's an old single shot full choked 410 loaded with 3" 5 shot. I've never needed more than that.

Usually I carry a 22 Ruger auto or my Browning, I've killed alot of squirrel with those guns. When I'm hunting greys I often use a squirrel whistle. At those times I carry a 4" ruger GP 100 357 mag loaded with 140gr HP's. Before I use the distress whistle I'll lay that across my lap. I've gotten 5 coyotes like that over the years. I've shot them with the 22 and the 410 at other times with lack luster results. The 357 140's put them down fast.
garryc is offline  
Old September 5, 2008, 08:27 AM   #13
hogdogs
Staff In Memoriam
 
Join Date: October 31, 2007
Location: Western Florida panhandle
Posts: 11,071
Garryc, Glad you mentioned Greys and fox... I forget about the fox squirrels. They are very rare in Florida and very much off limits to hunting.
we have 3 types of hunt cover where I live. we have the full size oaks but that is less prolific than either the longleaf pines which are very tall and quite sparse. The Squirrels get in them and pluck green cones and shred them for the pine nuts. for this I prefer the scoped rifle as they sit still not aware they have been spotted. To locate them you see the chunks of cone raining down or hear them gnawing them. HEAD SHOT!!! The other main type of cover is smaller oaks mixed with palms and scrub. For this they tend to be more alert and runners are the norm so I like the shotguns for fast target aquisition.
Brent
hogdogs is offline  
Old September 5, 2008, 12:31 PM   #14
Tuckahoe
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 20, 2008
Location: Central eastern North Carolina
Posts: 194
Henry .22 lever action loaded with .22 shorts. Or 12ga using #4 shot for fox squirrels.
__________________
You know a long time ago being crazy meant something. Nowadays everybody's crazy
Charles Manson
Tuckahoe is offline  
Old September 5, 2008, 12:37 PM   #15
oneounceload
Junior member
 
Join Date: April 18, 2008
Location: N. Central Florida
Posts: 8,518
with neighbors, it's the RWS air rifle - nice and quiet
oneounceload is offline  
Old September 5, 2008, 12:53 PM   #16
New_Pollution1086
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 26, 2007
Location: WC - CA
Posts: 680
bolt .22 with shorts.

I live in an apt so it doesn't alert anyone, same volume as the bb gun..

T
__________________
"I have ridden the mighty moon worm, and it was good"
"Aim Big miss Big, Aim small Miss small"
"Don't rush the monkey and you'll see a better show."
- T. Boone Pickens
New_Pollution1086 is offline  
Reply

Tags
.22 , ammunition , hunting , shotgun , squirrel

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.09624 seconds with 9 queries