View Full Version : Light 410 loads for squirrel hunting

January 22, 2011, 09:02 AM
Squirrels are destroying my electric lines coming to my house. What is the lightest 410 load that would work to kill squirrels but will not travel very far such as to aggravate my neighbors?

January 22, 2011, 12:16 PM
ideal shot size is 6 IMO for squirrels. 7 1/2's work, but if you stretch it more than 25 yards or so i prefer the 6 shot, much more reliable penetration.

January 22, 2011, 01:22 PM
I have a similar issue with squirrels & would like a .410 load that isn't as loud. I would be shooting in a safe direction, but have neighbors on both sides I don't want to annoy early morning with excess noise. Many of my shots are 15-20 feet, 50 would be the longest. Is there a .410 shell with light shot load and light powder? Seems most stats I see only state shot load. Some show velocity. Suppose I open a shell with #6 shot & 1100 fps velocity, remove half the powder. Would that give me about a 550 fps velocity? That would be well below sound barrier, quieter to some degree. Anyone tried this? Any drawbacks I'm not seeing? It would still kill a squirrel, right?

I could do same with 20 gauge, if needed. My 12 gauge is a bit too long to easily shoot from the window.

January 22, 2011, 01:45 PM
I have taken lots of squirrels with a pellet gun, and the neighbors never heard a thing.

January 22, 2011, 01:57 PM
Yes, a pellet gun is good. Mine is out of commission. I haven't had time to disassemble it & find the bad part, to see if I can get a replacement.

I've also been using a slingshot, but I've slipped a lot over the years. As a kid, I could hit a wasp nest from 20-30 feet nearly every time, with ordinary rocks. I can't hit a squirrel now at 20 feet with 1/4 or 3/8 steel balls. I can hit all around them, but never a hit. I've lost my touch.

I did get one recently with my junk .22 short revolver (Rohm), but it's too loud to use when neighbors are home & out.

January 22, 2011, 04:55 PM
An empty 2-liter soda bottle over the muzzle of a .22 helps to greatly reduce the noise..........;)

January 22, 2011, 07:46 PM
If you want to reduce the distance of shot travel, don't consider reducing the powder as much as reducing the inertia of the individual pellets. You might consider some #7 steel shot in reloads. As an alternative, there's loads like Lightfield's HDs with 4 rubber balls (http://www.lightfieldslugs.com/Lightfield/Products/Detail/?c=112&p=411). They might ruin a squirrel's day.

January 22, 2011, 08:11 PM
444 marlin case , 3.5grs of CLAYS , a shot card tamped , 1.6cc of 7 1/2 shot , another shot card glue in place & let dry .

Check the closure of the fire arm I had to mill.015 off the heads of the cases to get our little Rossi combo to close completely , no biggie I just dropped to a LP primer.

I still like the idea of using the trick oneounceload mentioned `bout the 2 liter bottle it`d be quiter than the 410 load .

January 23, 2011, 10:28 PM
I found some .22 CB shorts today. I'm going to try them in my .22 revolver. I'll try the other if this doesn't work.

January 23, 2011, 11:27 PM
Those CBs are the deal!

January 24, 2011, 12:24 AM
I believe this can land one in jail...


January 24, 2011, 12:34 AM
I have also use the Aquila Super Colibri with limited success.

January 24, 2011, 01:14 AM
A gentleman was caught shooting squirels in our area. (Neighbor turned him in for shooting pet squirels) Heres how it went, if I remeber correctly. He was fined for discharging a firearm in town. Conservation commision was notified, lost license and fined. Utility notified and his electricty turned off. The worst part of the whole ordeal was getting his lights back on.

January 24, 2011, 07:38 AM
the old time baby bottle nipples over the end of the barrel and a .22 short will only make a "splat" the first shot. the second will be some louder. and it won't be in the way of a scope as the 2 liter bottle would.

January 24, 2011, 12:27 PM
A gentleman was caught shooting squirels in our area....Utility notified and his electricty turned off. The worst part of the whole ordeal was getting his lights back on.

This doesn't make any sense. Why would the electric company turn off his power because he was fined for a local ordinance prohibiting discharge of a firearm in town?

January 24, 2011, 07:43 PM
cb longs out of a .22 rifle make a barely noticeable noise and are more accurate out of a rifle (at least mine) than cb shorts. Shoot from inside your house back away from a partially open window or door and no one will hear anything. Just do your neighbors a favor and don't miss.

But my first choice for suburban sniping at small targets like squirrel (and starlings) is a pellet rifle.

If you're an archer get some judo points and start flinging arrows. Lure them close with black oil sunflower seeds. I like the sling shot idea too especially combined with the food to lure them close.

Have fun

January 24, 2011, 07:46 PM
Since they are on your electric lines, in all seriousness, call your local utility - there are anti-critters type of goos they can spread that will deter them from going near your lines. I have such stuff as samples as they were eating my pool heating tubing on my roof - three years and they haven't gone near the pipes, even though they are still in the area

January 24, 2011, 08:24 PM
the 410 is going to be loud, no way around that. CB's out of the rifle are the ticket. Quieter than a quality pellet gun.