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Postby bianchinut » Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:08 am

Alright, I know for a lot of you, this will just be a description of your first gun, but what is everyone's favorite squirrel gun?

Personally, I frequently use a 12 gauge 870 express, but I prefer to use a .22 WMR fired from a savage 24 (.22 WMR over/20 gauge under). This gun has seen better days and I am thinking about retiring it, so I need some suggestions on replacements. I have considered the .17, but don't know if I can consistently make the head shots needed. Anyway, thanks for the input.

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Postby A-Bomb » Fri Dec 22, 2006 1:33 pm

well, i use a .22 LR for squirrel hunting. i have 3-.22's that i shoot. i have a browning lever action, a 10/22 ruger, and a marlin .22. they all work fine. the marlin is the most suseptable to jamming though. i dont shoot the browning a whole lot because i dont want to scratch it all up. its just a beautiful gun. :toofunny:

so id have to say my favorite squirrel gun is the ruger. i like the fact that it takes magazines instead of being tube fed. i can have several mags loaded up. when i run out, i just pop it our and grab another. that way im not carrying allot of loose ammo like you have to with the "tube" style guns....i have it topped with a 3x9x40 nikon prostaff scope. that really helps ya zero in on the head. ecspecially when theyre way up in the top of those oaks(ecspecially in the early season).

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Postby bianchinut » Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:21 am

Well, I just got a Marlin Model 60 semi-auto tube fed .22lr. I plan on putting a 4x32 Bushnell rimfire scope on it (personally, I like the Nikons and some of the other pricier scopes, but I can't justify spending more on the scope than the gun). Louisiana just added a late spring squirrel season in May. If I don't get to go between now and the end of February for the regular season, I will post a report after the spring season. Wish me luck.

In response to the previous post, I have been researching the jamming issue with the Marlins and most people find that it is a result of the packing lube the gun is shipped in. Also, these guns do not tolerate moderate to high levels of oil at all. I cleaned the ever living hell out of the gun the day I got it and lubed it very sparingly. Hopefully this will help. I will keep you updated.

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Postby gone winchester » Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:50 am

.17HMR all the way for squrials, rabbits, groundhogs, coons....everything
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Postby ducksbuck » Wed Jan 17, 2007 5:45 pm

The 17HMR will definatly be capable of all head shots if the operator is.
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Postby skybuster20ga » Thu Jan 25, 2007 1:45 pm

ruger 10/22 w/ cci stingers........ide gladly trade the ruger for a nylon 77 or even a 66 if its in good shape.
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Postby yellowlab » Thu Jan 25, 2007 5:54 pm

the 'ol 30-30 lever sure gets em adn puts them down dea most of the time hardly and craw offs :hammering:



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no i don't have one but i do think an over/under .17hmr 20ga. would be a good one or any over under rimfire shotgun for that matter
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Postby Quackattaq » Fri Jan 26, 2007 10:56 am

I am onna agree with that......

Although, the way we grow em down in Texas....I might think about a .223

Heck, I gotta use a 25/06 for them stinkin swamp rabits...so if it were me I might go .223 and 12ga.

But, as everyone knows, everything is bigger in Texas :mrgreen:

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Postby yellowlab » Tue Jan 30, 2007 2:33 pm

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Postby Ajgall1055 » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:56 pm

mossberg .410 pump it is a heck of alot of fun to carry and shoot. I love mine for dove, squirrel, and rabbit. (dove takes some shooting though)
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Postby WillHuntForFood » Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:17 pm

I use either 20 ga. or my .22 LR

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Postby HotDog » Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:50 pm

Marlin .22 bolt. Bedded barrel, trigger job, remington cyclone shells.
Head shots out to 50 yards all day long.
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Postby Trois_beaux_canards » Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:56 pm

If you like the .22cal/20ga combo, you may want to check out some of the guns by spartan/remington.

I've just used my scatterguns in the past. May fav. would have to be a stevens 311 sxs.
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Postby hnestle » Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:42 am

I know alot of people are suggesting rifles and I was one of them ten years ago. But the friend that got me into deer hunting, his father was arrested for accidently shooting the neighbor. They live on a little over 100 arces and their nieghbor was on his porch. He ended up with a 22 bullet in his leg right above the knee. Now all I use is a 12 gauge. it gives me practice at shooting moving objects (i'm alway practicing to get those ducks). Its no fun sniping them out of trees, you gotta make them run first. So I would suggest get something you know won't reach the closest house. Better safe than sorry.

So my gun would be a benelli m2.
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Postby ajmorell » Sat Dec 15, 2007 11:08 pm

I shoot a Marlin 882SSV. .22WMR, heavy-barrel. Head shots out to 75 yards easily, have shot a few at near 100 yards. My next squirrel gun will be a .17HMR.
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Postby yokumjoe » Sun Dec 16, 2007 12:34 am

I us a sigal shot 22 winchester model 67 with a 32'' barrel open sights. I can hit them in the head at 100ft and that's not hard at all. I don't see y u nead a scope. In Texas U should know how to shoot and not cheat whth a scope! :thumbsup:
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Postby Rdneckhnter09 » Sun Dec 16, 2007 2:18 pm

either my model 67a single shot winchester, my semi ruger 22, or either of my 870s 12 or 20ga. and my favorite H&R 410 topper
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Postby skybuster20ga » Sun Dec 16, 2007 4:26 pm

a 12 is pretty stout for a razorbacks dontchya think???
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Postby ajmorell » Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:06 pm

skybuster20ga wrote:a 12 is pretty stout for a razorbacks dontchya think???


x2. I hunted with a guy once who used one and you didn't need to worry about cleaning it...to say the least.
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