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Old January 4, 2006, 02:42 AM   #1
Big Yac
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What do you think about the 25-20...

... for squirrel hunting? I have a Savage bolt action rifle in 25-20. I have recently began to reload ammo for it. I'm wondering is anyone has used this particular round on squirrels and if so how does it work? Ofcourse I'd try for a headshot.
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Old January 4, 2006, 06:52 AM   #2
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35 years ago I knew a guy who hunted whitetails with a .25-20, a little small for that. Maybe a little large for squirrels but you won't know for sure unless you try it!
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Old January 4, 2006, 10:08 AM   #3
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It's a bit hotter than is necessary for squirrels, unless you download it a lot and use the lightest (60 gr.) bullets. It'd be a fine coyote rifle, though, especially with the 87 grain bullets.

It's kind of an in-between varmint cartridge, IMHO. Well above the .22 WMRF and .22 Hornet, but well below a .223 or one of the 6mms.
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Old January 4, 2006, 10:37 AM   #4
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Shooting UP into trees with a 25-20 ?
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Old January 4, 2006, 11:13 PM   #5
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no, I'd be shooting down on them. I built an enclosed tree stand, 10ft off the ground. I get up in there and wait for a while until the squirrels start running around below me. I know it may sound like cheating but I get alot of them that way I just figured I could use the 25-20 for shots alittle longer than my shotgun.
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