View Full Version : What do you think about the 25-20...

Big Yac
January 4, 2006, 02:42 AM
... 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.

January 4, 2006, 06:52 AM
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!

Long Path
January 4, 2006, 10:08 AM
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.

January 4, 2006, 10:37 AM
Shooting UP into trees with a 25-20 ?

Big Yac
January 4, 2006, 11:13 PM
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:D I just figured I could use the 25-20 for shots alittle longer than my shotgun.