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Old September 10, 2017, 07:14 PM   #1
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Rifle or shotgun?

Hunting squirrel.

Rifle or shotgun?
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Old September 10, 2017, 07:27 PM   #2
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I always used a shotgun in early fall and a rifle after all the leaves fell off of the trees.
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Old September 10, 2017, 07:31 PM   #3
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I've used both. I settled on a 20 ga.
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Old September 10, 2017, 07:40 PM   #4
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When I hunted in LA in my youth, I used a 12ga. Ithaca 37 with a 30" full choke and 1 1/4oz #4 shot. Trees didn't shed leaves until November, so it was too thick for a 22. I used #4 because I had some 40-50 yard shots and it wouldn't take but one or two pellets.
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Old September 10, 2017, 10:07 PM   #5
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22lr for me. My Dads 510 target master is a tack driver, bad medicine for squirrels.
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Old September 10, 2017, 10:14 PM   #6
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Tree rats should be hunted with a .22 rifle. No lead shot to spit out when eating the critters. Shotguns ruin too much meat and if the shot is taken from too far a distance often fail to kill.
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Old September 10, 2017, 10:14 PM   #7
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Both. I like a rifle better, but you have to choose shots carefully. A 22 shot into the air that misses can travel a long way before coming down. In some locations a shotgun is a lot safer.
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Old September 11, 2017, 10:38 AM   #8
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I use everything depending on my mood. For my purposes, I've settled on the shotgun when I'm serious about bringin' home some meat. You can easily shoot 'em jumping between trees or bounding on the ground, or get 3 outta the same tree even after they scatter upon firing the 1st shot.

In fact, the shotgun is so easy it seems downright unsporting. So to add some fun and challenge back into the game, that's when I bring a rifle. I generally only take head shots to preserve meat (Though my great grandpa would disagree, since he loved the jowls & mixed the brains with his scrambled eggs). Preferably put a .22 bullet through the eye.

And then, there's times I just feel like getting a favored old gun out in the woods, and squirrels are readily available. So I might grab a pistol, or antique shotgun, or centerfire rifle, depending on my mood.
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Old September 11, 2017, 12:35 PM   #9
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"...No lead shot to spit out..." Geezuz. Who cooks in your house? snicker. Pellets get removed when cleaning the beast.
"...serious about bringin' home some meat..." Hunt something other than tree rats. Hardly any meat in 'em. A ground hog on the other hand...
The only real issue with using a rifle is the high angle at which most shots are taken. Sends the bullet a very long way if you miss.
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Old September 11, 2017, 12:58 PM   #10
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"...serious about bringin' home some meat..." Hunt something other than tree rats. Hardly any meat in 'em.
Well, yes. I thought that went without saying. Perhaps I should have said, "When I'm serious about bringin' home some squirrels..."
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Old September 11, 2017, 02:41 PM   #11
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Old September 11, 2017, 08:07 PM   #12
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Shotgun, because most shots are up into the trees. I intend to carry a 22 sa revolver this year, though, for the occasional close ground or tree trunk shot. I also had an experience last year with a giant fox squirrel that wasn't dead when it hit the ground. The 22 will be good for that scenario as well.
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Old September 11, 2017, 08:57 PM   #13
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.410 shotgun. Brings them down, doesn't tear them up
too much.
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Old September 13, 2017, 10:21 AM   #14
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A centerfire up into the tree tops?

Dangerous range of some of the larger shot sizes is pretty far.
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Old September 13, 2017, 11:06 AM   #15
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A centerfire up into the tree tops?
I'm really trying hard to resist being snarky. Why do so many folks on these forums automatically assume everyone is an immature bumbling idiot? Sure, man. I also love rapping off a couple mags full of .308 fmj on New Year's Eve by shooting 'em straight up in the air in town.
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Old September 13, 2017, 05:04 PM   #16
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Shotgun, I was never comfortable firing the .22lr into the air at an angle


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Old September 13, 2017, 05:21 PM   #17
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I always used a 20 gauge with #6 shot. Never had excessive meat damage. I am not a fan of firing a .22 upwards.
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Old September 13, 2017, 06:05 PM   #18
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Yes, my shotgun is centerfire.
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Old September 14, 2017, 10:06 AM   #19
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Both. I like a rifle better, but you have to choose shots carefully. A 22 shot into the air that misses can travel a long way before coming down. In some locations a shotgun is a lot safer.
Have to agree with this. Miss at one up a tree and the bullet can go a long way. I still would like the 22 rifle though. I've got a 410 SxS that would probably be pretty good also
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Old September 14, 2017, 04:09 PM   #20
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for some stupid reason they are listed as endagered in my country and by golly don't they know it?

always pestering you if you are sitting quietly in a blind throwing pinecons on your roof

i've had the luxuary to hunt a few as pest control thou

used an airrifle because I was hunting in town
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Old September 14, 2017, 10:04 PM   #21
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Since I also reload my own shot shells. Why not a 12 ga.
10-12 grs. of Green Dot under 1-1/4 oz of #6 shot isn't the fastest shot string in the woods for us far sited bifocal users. Undoubtedly this shot shell has the best short range shot pattern for the squirrel purpose. "That's true & for certain"
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Old September 17, 2017, 06:54 AM   #22
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I've taken far more squirrels with my older break open single barrel in 16 gauge. Barrel has a full choke. It's a featherweight and can be carried all day and I hardly notice it's weight at all. My 22 rifle has accounted for many squirrels too but many misses as well.

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Old September 17, 2017, 07:05 AM   #23
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"I like a rifle better, but you have to choose shots carefully. A 22 shot into the air that misses can travel a long way before coming down. In some locations a shotgun is a lot safer."
This the reason I switched to the 17HMR. While it can fly a long way, the energy level is far less than a common 40 grain lead 22 bullet. In addition, hitting nearly any part of the foliage will "self destruct" the fragile little bullet rather than send it ricocheting off like a 22 bullet often does. If you shoot the rats in the head, the destructive power doesn't affect the edible parts anyway.
I don't hunt squirrels often-usually only with the Grandsons. I also appreciate the killing power of the 17 when the boys make a poor shot.
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Old September 17, 2017, 12:51 PM   #24
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Well as I have mentioned, I'm new to guns and hunting. So after looking at Illinois hunting rules, I find out that ONLY 22lr rimfire can be used.

Unless I missed something.
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Old September 18, 2017, 07:53 PM   #25
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I've been curious about trying my .50 cal muzzleloader with a light powder charge. Many old timers do this with even larger patched balls too. Seems kinda ridiculous but I don't guess it's worth trying anyway. Sure would take the head off rather cleanly I'd guess.
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