The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Hunt

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old September 12, 2009, 03:43 PM   #1
The Kid
Member
 
Join Date: August 1, 2009
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 65
Squirrels and .22...what distance for my scope?

What is the typical distance at which you sight your rifle in for hunting squirrels?

Is 50 yards about right? I really can't see myself picking off squirrels at 100 yds.
__________________
"When the lambs is lost in the mountain, he said. They is cry. Sometime come the mother. Sometime the wolf." -- Leader of a group of horsemen to the kid and Sproule in Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
The Kid is offline  
Old September 12, 2009, 04:03 PM   #2
tyrajam
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 24, 2007
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 467
Most of my squirrel shots are closer to 25 yards, but it depends on the type of hunting you do. Regardless,a 22 will almost shoot to the same point of aim at 25 and 50 yards, depending on the ammo. Sight in at 50, take some shots at 25, 50, and 75 yards to see where it actually hits, and go hunting!
tyrajam is offline  
Old September 12, 2009, 04:04 PM   #3
DiscoRacing
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 19, 2008
Location: milton, wv
Posts: 3,640
when i used model 60 .22 for treerats... i sighted it at 40 yds... most of the shots being between 40 and 60 yds.
DiscoRacing is offline  
Old September 12, 2009, 06:51 PM   #4
YARDDOG(1)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 24, 2008
Location: GATOR COUNTRY HA HA HA!
Posts: 685
I use winn. 40gn Super Speed RN 1300 FPS + don't mess up if you hit em a little far back
__________________
There's a GATOR in the bushes & She's Callin my name
>Molly Hatchett<
YARDDOG(1) is offline  
Old September 12, 2009, 07:35 PM   #5
Doyle
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 20, 2007
Location: Starkville, MS (new to MS)
Posts: 4,668
I've shot enough squirrels to fill the back of a pickup truck (well, that might be a little exagerated but you get the idea) and I don't ever think I've shot one further than about 30 yds. I sight dead on at 25 yds and it is still good to at least 40 without compensating.
Doyle is offline  
Old September 12, 2009, 10:16 PM   #6
Deerhunter264
Member
 
Join Date: April 6, 2008
Posts: 82
50 yards is long shot in the woods not much longert than that, but if you can hit the squriel in the brain he will be dead from 100 yards. If you shooting squirrels this far i would suggest a 22 magnum.
Deerhunter264 is offline  
Old September 12, 2009, 10:38 PM   #7
LHB1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 25, 2005
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 1,545
I sight my Kimber .22 rifle dead on at 50 yds and check the POI at 25 yds and 75 yds. Most of my squirrels were probably shot at distances between 20 and 40 yds. Don't think I ever shot at a squirrel past 50 yds but when using the rifle for other purposes it is nice to know the drop at 75.
__________________
Good shooting and be safe.
LB
LHB1 is offline  
Old September 15, 2009, 08:23 AM   #8
CajunBass
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 6, 2005
Location: Chancellorsville, Virginia
Posts: 3,402
Longest shot I ever made on a squirrel was 79 steps. Not yards..steps. Probably 55-60 yards. Most are inside 25, which is where I sight in.
__________________
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 (NKJV)
CajunBass is offline  
Old September 15, 2009, 09:03 AM   #9
hogdogs
Staff In Memoriam
 
Join Date: October 31, 2007
Location: Western Florida panhandle
Posts: 11,071
I will routinely take 40 yard shots with the air rifle and out to 60-65 with my .22 I sight in at 50 or so and just raise the crosshairs for further. For 60 I put the crosshair on top of his skull for a neck/high torso hit and "a little air" between the crosshair and skull for longer shots which usually results in a full torso hit. I only shoot them for the snake so a bit of meat loss don't matter to me:barf:
Brent
hogdogs is offline  
Old September 15, 2009, 09:11 AM   #10
Lavid2002
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 6, 2007
Posts: 2,568
optimum sighting zero for a .22 is something like 62 yards, it gives you the maximum range where you will have the smallest amount of bullet deviation from zero to the bullets max effective range. I forget where I heard that maybe gunblast...I use it. Similar to how the AR15 utilized a 300 yard BSZ (Battle sight zero) to optimize the flattest trajectory of the bullet for the longest range with the smallest deviation from the POA (Point of aim)
__________________
Math>Grammar
Lavid2002 is offline  
Old September 15, 2009, 01:19 PM   #11
Pahoo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 16, 2006
Location: IOWA
Posts: 5,473
KID,
I've hunted your Mississippi woods as well as Alabama and although your squirrels look different, your woods are much like ours, here in the Midwest. I usually sight in at 30 yds. but I suppose + or -5 would not hurt. I always go for the head shot and if the range is further, I drop back to a shoulder shot. Bow hunting has given me some pretty good judgement on ranges. Whatever you settle on, practice on tagets in closer and further out. I have seen some pretty big squirrels in your woods. Have fun and;


Be Safe !!!
Pahoo is offline  
Old September 15, 2009, 02:09 PM   #12
iiwas
Member
 
Join Date: August 15, 2005
Location: North-East Wisconsin
Posts: 19
I had a ruger 10/22 set at 35, most shots were between 15 and 30 yds. no problem. Springfield 87A was set at about the same, with the same results.
__________________


Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
Mark Twain
iiwas is offline  
Old September 15, 2009, 02:37 PM   #13
Brian Pfleuger
Staff
 
Join Date: June 25, 2008
Location: Central, Southern NY, USA
Posts: 18,395
Zero at 50 feet would be good enough for no hold over out to 50 yards or so I would think.

For maximum point blank range I sight in 1 1/2 high at 50 which is 1 1/2 low at 90, using CCI Stingers.
__________________
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
---
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
-The Architect
-----
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.
Brian Pfleuger is online now  
Reply

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 07:05 PM.


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 0.08915 seconds with 7 queries