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Old February 2, 2009, 11:11 PM   #1
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Best .22LR zero for squirrel hunting?

I just put a scope on my .22LR and I am trying to figure out what the best zero range would be for hunting squirrel. I did a search, but they weren't really suggesting it for squirrel hunting.

So what range do you have your .22lr zeroed at when hunting squirrel.

Thanks in advance.
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Old February 2, 2009, 11:21 PM   #2
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I'd go with 50 yards max, using a scope anyway. Maybe 25 yards with iron sights. I have never experienced long shots on them like you would with ground hogs or other open ground varmints. So 50 ought to maybe cover your longest shot unless you are using some sort of target grade gun and can hit them with it. Maybe less. But you can lure them in closer than that with a tape of peanut distress calls.
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Old February 2, 2009, 11:27 PM   #3
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But you can lure them in closer than that with a tape of peanut distress calls.
What exactly is that?
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Old February 2, 2009, 11:41 PM   #4
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You never heard a peanut in distress? I think you can get a download from WESTERN RIVERS preditor call center.
Sight in for 50yds and use Kentucky elevation and windage as needed!

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Old February 2, 2009, 11:51 PM   #5
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Are you just wondering how flat a 22lr shoots ?
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Old February 2, 2009, 11:52 PM   #6
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They had some acorn calls, but I couldn't find the peanut calls......lol
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Old February 2, 2009, 11:58 PM   #7
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Depending on the ammo used, I usually go with a 30yd zero.
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Old February 3, 2009, 12:48 AM   #8
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The biggest tree i ever shot a squirrel out of was probably only 50-75 ft tall. I've seen them in taller trees like the fir and cedar in my back yard but the never seem to climb more that 30 - 40 ft high. Any higher and the hawks' get 'em. Seems like a 50 yrd zero might be much given the little head that's your target
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Old February 3, 2009, 12:58 AM   #9
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Maybe this will help. http://www.gunsmoke.com/guns/1022/22ballistics.html
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Old February 3, 2009, 02:13 AM   #10
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Sight it in to be deadnut at 30yds.
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Old February 3, 2009, 05:03 AM   #11
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I always sight in "just a tad" high at 25. I seldom shoot more than 50.

Always worked for me.
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Old February 3, 2009, 08:33 AM   #12
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My 77/22 is zeroed to 50 yrds, then I also fire at 25 and 75 without changing the zero and note the point of impact. That way I have a good idea of where to place short range and a little longer shot. I don't ever remember taking a shot longer than 50 yrds on a squirrel though. It is also my rabbit rifle, and I'll shoot out to 75 yrds if I'm in an open field. Iron sights I don't shoot unless I'm within 30 or so yrds with my 10/22.
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Old February 3, 2009, 08:35 AM   #13
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i have my marlin set dead at 35yds
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Old February 3, 2009, 08:45 AM   #14
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22 Zero Range

I have mine dead on at 40 yards.
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Old February 3, 2009, 10:32 AM   #15
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Squirrels - dead on at 20 yards. I would say that 99% of shots at squirrels will be shorter than that. Longer shots are rare because of branches n the way; and a squirrel will put a branch between you and him if he can. Most shots are near vertical with a 22.

I also use a 410 for squirrels and prefer it when hunting in big, old growth oaks. On a big branch, a squirrel may make a long run and with a 410 you can shoot him like you are bird hunting. I would starve to death trying to live off of shooting running squirrels with a 22 rifle.
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Old February 3, 2009, 10:35 AM   #16
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Like Brad, I went with the 30 yard zero on my .22 squirrel rifle. I found that it was more than enough.
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Old February 3, 2009, 10:51 AM   #17
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Last weekend when we went squirrel hunting I forgot to re-zero my scope in to 25 yards. It was still zero'ed in around 75 yards.

Saw about 10 different squirrels and every one of my shots went high
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Old February 3, 2009, 11:44 AM   #18
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I would have to agree with the 30-35 Yd. shot. dead on and in the head. From there, I can work either way. I am pretty much into a low power scope or Red Dot and have had them as close as 10 Yd's. It all depends on your terrain and I mostly hunt deep overgrown woods.



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Old February 3, 2009, 02:20 PM   #19
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I zero my Savage MKII at 40 yds for squirrels.
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Old February 3, 2009, 02:25 PM   #20
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I zero my Savage MKII at 40 yds for squirrels.

If I were you, I'd choose the ammo I'm going to use and I would zero it so I could kill a squirrel the farthest I could by just aiming dead on. For example, try zeroing it at 40 and then shoot it at, say, 20 yds, 30yds, and 50 yds. By aiming dead on could you kill a squirrel at those ranges. Keep trying different zeros until you find the one that gives you the best range without any compensation.

Note: Your ammo will make a big difference in where you will zero your gun. By using CCI Stingers, you'll gain a little range over regular .22LR ammo.
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Old February 3, 2009, 04:50 PM   #21
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I prefer a fifty yard zero with irons or scopes. If you're sighting-in with a scope, it's best to insure that the parallax is in concert with the range you're shooting at. Most scopes marketed for rimfire shooting have a 50 yard parallax.

Oh, and a jar of Jif (I prefer crunchy) will bring those bushytails into powderburn range.
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Old February 3, 2009, 05:49 PM   #22
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With the 22 long I use CCI stingers on rabbits and zero @ 80 yards it depends how close you can get to your intended target.
I use to shoot starling’s off the power line at my property with 40 grain hollow point’ Win subsonic and zeroed @ 55 meter’s.
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