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Title: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Hector500NC on September 30, 2010, 06:48:12 AM
I am gearing up to go squirrel hunting this year.  I have a Ruger 10/22, Savage Mark II, and a Mossberg 500.  I will be hunting in a relatively heavily wooded area, but I will be walking down small trails.  What one of these firearms would you use?  Thanks for any advice you guys can provide. 

-Hector 500 in NC
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: I.L.W. on September 30, 2010, 07:11:04 AM
For squirrels, wood chucks, crows, foxes, skunks, badgers, and other things I won't publically admit shooting...
(http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/airgundepot_2124_67218674)
http://www.airgundepot.com/gamo-whisper.html?green=14305023661 (http://www.airgundepot.com/gamo-whisper.html?green=14305023661)
This will certainly take down much bigger animals, but other guns are better suited if you have wild pigs or coyotes causing problems. It'll do the job, but a .22 is better in those cases.

For small game and pest control, I prefer Air rifles.  Not a cheap wall-mart bb gun, but a high powered air rifle, between 1000-1500 ft/second.  The "Whisper" pictured above is what I use.  It is quiet, which is a benefit for me, since I use it for pest control in the anti-gun commie mecca of NY.  They rate it at 1200 FPS, in practice it's more like 1000FPS, but always round down whatever number is advertised. I'm not the best shot in the world, but it's accurate enough that I can head-shot squirrels at about 100 yards, so there's still some meat left on them when you're done. For things like woodchucks, and foxes, it's good for leaving the pelt undamaged, as opposed to a .22 that leave a pretty big exit hole sometimes, this is no bigger than a pencil point, hard to see under the fur.

Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Dawgus on September 30, 2010, 07:34:19 AM
 If you don't know the area well and are going there for the first time, I'd recommend taking the shotgun just to avoid bullet travel in case of a missed shot. Get to know the area (again in case you have never been there) then jump to the .22 when you are sure there aren't any roads, houses, etc nearby that you won't have to worry about.

 
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Docwatmo on September 30, 2010, 08:35:13 AM
What Dawgus said +1

I hate digging shot out of my meat, 22 once you know its safe. 

I have taken 1 squirrel with a cheap ass 300 fps BB gun. (Lucky shot right on the top of his skull), however, If I had a high quality 900 FPS or higher model.  I would happily use it for small game.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Alpha Mike on September 30, 2010, 09:42:04 AM
22 or pellet gun, I hate picking out birdshot from critters.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: joeinwv on September 30, 2010, 10:18:59 AM
... I'm not the best shot in the world, but it's accurate enough that I can head-shot squirrels at about 100 yards,...


Head shot on a squirrel at 100 yards with a .177 air rifle - you may very well be the best shot in the world...

Back on topic - I decide mainly based on the gun I feel like carrying and my intended style of hunting. If I am going to walk around and take snap shots, I usually carry a single shot 12ga. If I am going to sit patiently, I will take the 22LR. Occasionally, I will take the semi 410 b/c it was my grandfathers.

Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: I.L.W. on September 30, 2010, 11:17:50 AM
Lol, meant 100 feet, not yards.  Good catch. 
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Mona Folds on September 30, 2010, 03:16:16 PM
My husband uses a shotgun and told me it was near impossible to use a 22.  Since I didn't want to have to clean out all the bullets, I decided to use a 22.  It was a lot easier than I thought and I've even shot them when they were really high up in some of these large oak trees.  The only time I really missed was when the 22 was not sighted and was really off.  I didn't know this at the time and I thought I had gotten really bad when I missed the target that was only 3 feet away.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on October 03, 2010, 10:15:58 PM
(http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n14/OzarkRamblr/Hunting/IMG_8151.jpg)

.22 worked fine today. 

(http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n14/OzarkRamblr/Hunting/IMG_7980.jpg)

...& the time before that. (last season)  You might notice the red squirrel has been head shot.  :P  The gray should have been head shot too, but the little rodents are twitchy.

That's about the only drawback to using a .22, you really need to be sure of your shot...& fast.  They don't hold still very long.  I usually take what I can get on the gray's.  The red's around here are curious (dumb) & don't usually run away from a .22 shot.  I've actually had them come towards the sound to investigate, which is nice because it allows for a good follow up shot if you should miss (perish the thought).  ;D

That .22 in the second picture is a Steven's branded, made by Savage (87A) model that's older than I am (38).  I prefer hunting with the .22 because it's lighter & you can drop a whole handful of ammo in your pocket & hunt all day long with it.  I started with a 20 gauge as a kid, then moved up to the 12g when I got a little older.  I've been hunting tree rats since before I was a teenager & the .22's the only way to go if you're a confident shot.

Take the 10/22 & I guarantee you'll learn something.  ;)
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: 19114life on October 04, 2010, 03:43:04 AM
Depends on how far you are from other people and houses.  About 10 years ago my parents car roof was hit by a stray .22 bullet.  The bullet barely broke through the roof and we stopped rain leaks with some Wrigley's gum.  That made me think long about using .22 to hunt squirrels in trees.  If it would have been a person on the other end might not have been so good.  I am not saying not to hunt with it, just know what is behind it and take responsibility for your actions.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: ridge rover on October 04, 2010, 07:40:19 AM
Go with the .22 and work on your skills. You won't starve if you come home empty handed! Shotguns are for sissys!


That shot thing is the real deal maker. Who wants a stew of lead?
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Reeper on October 06, 2010, 01:21:48 AM
I started out with a 12 gauge shot gun.  #6 shot (I wouldn't use birdshot).  I ever found it that big of a deal digging out the shot once the squirrel is quartered up.  However, with that said. I just bought a Marlin 795 for this very purpose.  Ammo for a 22lr is a lot cheaper than shotgun.  I can carry 2 or 3 hundred rounds compare that to a box of 20 shotgun shells.  If you don't believe me, count how many 22's can you fit into 1 empty shotgun shell.  For no more meat than you can get out of a tree rat, it just makes more sense to use a 22. 
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: phuttan on October 06, 2010, 10:39:34 PM
I'd go with the .22lr. It gets you more tree rats for the dollar and you don't need to pick out pellets.

Pat
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Hector500NC on October 08, 2010, 08:51:22 AM
Thank you for all the great responses.  Distance will not be an issue because we don't hunt anywhere near houses or roads (besides some logging roads).  I will go out with the 10/22 and my daughter will carry the Savage .22.    I never really considered the cost difference in ammo, but that makes a lot of sense.  Thanks!

-Hector 500 in NC
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: BRCincy on October 08, 2010, 11:04:28 AM
I use a 20 gauge shotgun for bushy tails.  The reason is, there are too many buildings close by, and I don't want bullet travel beyond about 60 yards.  With a shotgun, you have to really work on stalking in to get close.  I use #4 or #6 shot, and picking shot out hasn't been a major issue.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: WVHunter on December 22, 2010, 05:56:35 AM
With a .22 I would only shoot at a squirrel on the ground unless you are in a deep valley where there is a mountainside beyond your shot.  I guess the decision comes down to whether you want to have a better chance of bagging one or if you just want the challenge and practice with the .22.  Around here hardly anyone squirrel hunts with anything other than a shotgun with 4 to 6 shot.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Mona Folds on January 10, 2011, 01:34:36 PM
Our 11 yr old son has gotten 10 or 11 squirrels this season using his 22.  He used to ask me if he could use a shotgun, but I always told him no because the bullets are more expensive; plus I felt like he could get better practice with a 22.  He keeps getting better and better.  Also, he is getting very good at skinning and cleaning them too!
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: bj on January 10, 2011, 03:40:25 PM
Use your .22 if you know it is safe, at 12GA just isn't going to be worth taking all that lead out of the meat.

Although, I shouldn't have to remind people, zero your weapon and make sure it is clean!  Your not going to hit a thing if you have a dirty weapon. 
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Dawgus on January 10, 2011, 04:28:35 PM
 I still laugh about someone I used to know that insisted on using Winchester 3" 12ga copper plated #4 shot for squirrels. "tall tree's" was his his reasoning. Can you say SQUIRREL BURGER?????
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Medicineball on January 10, 2011, 07:33:59 PM
Another vote for the 22 here. Pleasant to shoot, easier game cleaning.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Oregun89 on January 10, 2011, 08:59:08 PM
When I want to do a lot of killin' I'll take the 10/22, but for days I want to go light I take my .22/45. Ultimately the .22LR is my favorite for squirrels.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: PistolWhipped on January 11, 2011, 08:44:39 PM
I like a .22 myself, especially a bolt action.  If you do go with a shotgun, 28 gauge is the way to go, or a .410 bore if you are close.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: thezoo on January 12, 2011, 12:42:01 AM
 I have a slightly different perspective, I agree with everyone who says to make sure of you backdrop, thats of paramount importance, but my gun of choice is a savage 24s 20 guage shotgun, with a 22 mag top barrel, I use the 22 barrel for sitting squirrels, and if theyre on the run ill flip the barrel selector and take em with the 20 ga barrel, Love squirel meat, also highly recomend if you get the chance to pick up a savage 24s i wouldnt pass it up, the wife and i both have one, its her favorite weapon, she would let them take everything else in our house, but touch that your askin fer it ;D
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Nate on August 30, 2012, 05:47:30 AM
Squirrel season starts here in Ohio Sept. 1st and so does dove.  I am planning on heading out opening day.  This will be my first squirrel hunt.  The area I plan to hunt is in the middle of farms, wooded and with a major tributary of the maumee flowing though it.  I am wondering which tool would be best for the job.  With doves a possibility and with leaves still on the trees my single shot 20 could be a better choice.  If I take my 20, I plan on bringing my single six for closer shots on squirrels.

If I take my 22 rifle I am only carrying 1 gun, ammo is lighter and cheaper, and doves are not the primary species being hunted on this trip.  I plan on exploring the area since I have never hunted this area before.  One gun would make movement through the woods easier.  My 20 and .22 are about the same weight and size.  Now, if I had a savage 24 in 22 over 20 gauge we would be having this discussion!  What are your opinions?  Thanks!
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: burbot on September 22, 2012, 10:35:35 PM
My 2 cent:  Use the .22 if your location allows for many of the reasons stated above:  it is not a necessary food for survival (currently), you'll improve your skills for other game in the future, you'll get better meat from the animal, plus the confidence and pride you will experience.   If you are going to be a diehard squirrel hunter I have heard of double barrels with a .22 and a .410, never seen one.  Be sure of your surroundings and be safe.  Good hunting!

PS.  If you have red squirrels in the area, I wouldn't bother trying to eat them but population control (my experience is they drive out the grays) is not a bad idea.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Pchitti on November 15, 2012, 06:50:24 PM
22lr is my choice, but I got my first squirrel yesterday...

Only take shots that have a backstop, tree trunk preferred.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: luke on November 27, 2012, 09:52:50 PM
My first hunt this season (and ever) for squirrel led me to take the Savage .22 w/ scope. I got  a couple, my friend got 4 with his 20 gauge. But he's more experienced than me. ;) I was hunting in an area with hills and heavily wooded, and I knew a lot about the surrounding properties. I would like to take my Savage .22/.410 but it needs a hammer replacement. I wish I could hunt squirrel during deer gun season here in Ohio, those things are noisy and annoying! I had one "show me his muscles" tonight, lol. I wish I had the video camera with me. Hulk Squirrel then proceeded to climb up MY tree until I looked down at him a few times.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Nate on November 28, 2012, 05:19:16 AM
I am waiting too here in ohio for the deer hunters to be done so I can try again getting some tree rats, or rabbits.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: joeandmich on January 04, 2013, 10:12:51 AM
Does squirrel meat really taste good? How do you prepare it and cook it?

thanks,

Joe
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Nate on January 04, 2013, 03:24:29 PM
I have only had it roasted.  It is quite tasty, with a nutty flavor!  You can also put it in a crock pot with veggies and potatoes, onions and make a stew.  You can also grill.  I grilled some woodchuck with my favorite rub.  I assume squirrel would be good that way too.  Just about any meat is good cooked over a fire on a stick!
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: OldManSchmidt on January 13, 2013, 07:59:04 PM
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If you don't know the area well and are going there for the first time, I'd recommend taking the shotgun just to avoid bullet travel in case of a missed shot. Get to know the area (again in case you have never been there) then jump to the .22 when you are sure there aren't any roads, houses, etc nearby that you won't have to worry about.

This is why my 20 ga. has always been my default squirrel gun.  Back in my younger days, I used to hunt a patch of woods where I could actually see the houses in the distance.  I knew shot wouldn't make it that far, but a bullet certainly would.  The trade off was that I had to remove shot from the squirrels before cooking or risk broken teeth.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: ksdon on January 22, 2013, 05:32:23 PM
I squirrel hunt that same way I hunt deer .
Find an area they pass through often
sit down and wait . early morning from sun up till around 9 . all thats needed is a good air rifle or a 22 single shot with some shorts.
the gun shot wont really scare them for long  and other squirrels will actually come to see what the noise was.
when deer hunting during squirrle season I tend to use a 50# pistol crossbow with a fishing rig. this allows me to shoot and retrieve the squirrel  from my tree stand.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: 4bull on January 22, 2013, 11:06:04 PM
I shot 109 squirrels from my deck last year , the best shot i had was 83 yards head shot with .22Lr.
Scoped ,the time of day and how far out they are ,i use SSS .22's,shorts ,longs ,or Lr's.
if you have the eyes and the hand a .22 is hard to beat,but you got to call your shots and know where that bullit is going to end up.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: American freak on January 23, 2013, 12:40:51 AM
Is it possible to hunt squirrel with birdshot from a. 12 gauge.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: 4bull on January 23, 2013, 08:10:13 AM
YES, and you can still miss them ,LOL.
i knew some guys who hunted Quail with  a long bow.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Call on August 30, 2013, 03:59:06 PM
I hunt squirrel in a populated area that demands the use of the scatter gun. I must be the greatest squirrel hunter of all time, because none of the “shotgun issues” listed here ever apply to me.

I’ve never shot a squirrel (I use a single-shot 12 ga. with #5 shot) and had it turn into “hamburger”; at most I find ½ dozen pellets in the critter and they are easy to pick out based on the visible entry wounds. In fact, the pellets are usually just under the skin and easy to wedge out with a kitchen knife or fingers.

I’d guess that out of four or five squirrels I get I might miss maybe one pellet that is in the meat.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: joeandmich on September 03, 2013, 08:19:56 AM
Where I live in Miami it's illegal to discharge a firearm in public. Wouldn't a high powered pellet gun work better to shoot several squirrel's before they know what is going on?

Joe
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: jim124816 on September 03, 2013, 10:50:57 AM
It is good in gumbo or stews.  My grandmother boils the heads and picks out the tongue and brain.  It's been years since I have tried the heads but once you get past the yuck factor, it's not bad.  You can fry it like chicken (not my favorite) or roast it.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: jaseemtp on September 03, 2013, 05:11:47 PM
I grew up in deep south east Texas, where every one went squirrel hunting.  Depending on where you are hunting them would.  Where I hunted there were ALOT of very tall pine trees and since so many people hunted them they would run and rarely would you find them sitting still.  So my weapon of choice would be a shotgun.  Plain and simple, they are running and it is easier to hit them.  Also most of the time you are pointing up in the air, shotgun bbs do not travel as far as a 22 would, helping to minimize the possibility of injuring anyone down range from you.  Just my 2 cents.
Jason
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: jim124816 on September 03, 2013, 07:16:39 PM
I grew up in deep south east Texas, where every one went squirrel hunting.

Grandma and Gandad are in Jasper County in south east TX.  I started with a 410 single shot for the same reason; they run when they see you.  It wasn't until we got a Good dog that I transitioned to a 22.  A good dog will get a squirrel to slowly rotate around the trunk In your direction.  The added benefit is that they will usually rotate around the trunk so that a slight miss puts your bullet into the tree and not the sky.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: AmericanExces on September 13, 2013, 10:10:06 PM
I've used both shotgun and .22 to hunt squirrels. Recently I've been favoring my 10/22, atop which sits a Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40 scope. I like using a .22 for all the reasons people have been posting, plus there's an added sense of difficulty I get out of making rifle shots on rats.
Back when I hunted with a shotgun I used a cheapo Stevens model 67, 20 gauge; last time I had it out I broke the follower so I obviously won't be using that again. If I were going to take a shotgun out this year (and I still might) I would prefer a 20 gauge. I feel like a 12 throws too much lead at that small a critter. I've also gotten this wild hair about hunting them with a Taurus Judge. Don't think that will happen this year because I don't own a Judge or have one in the budget, but if anyone on here has done such a thing I'd love to hear about results.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: RedBeard84 on September 16, 2013, 08:18:53 AM
gun I would pick 22 over a shotgun any day for same reason people said above. ease of cleaning. Over a gun I would use my bow with a judo tip for pretty much any small game. fast, quiet.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Deping on February 05, 2014, 03:55:23 AM
I prefer an open sighted (Browning Lever action) .22 at any time for squirrels. If I'm going to use a shotgun, I prefer a .410 -- usually a single shot NEF pardner -- loaded with 11/16 oz of lead 6s.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: carbon on March 06, 2014, 08:54:57 PM
This is a great post since me and my wife are looking to try hunting squirrels for the first time after everything thaws. Hunter ed class is in April... thanks for all the great info. Me and my wife look forward to the new experience and hope it will be something we both really enjoy and get hooked on.

The next big question is where do we go that's great for first time hunters. Any suggestions? We're thinking of just state parks. FYI we are based in NYC.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: d3nni5 on March 07, 2014, 05:42:47 AM
check your laws.   overlap of squirrel season with other seasons can force you to the rimfire.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: carbon on March 10, 2014, 10:11:47 PM
Hmm that is true, I checked the squirrel season but not the gun regulations...will do more homework, thanks for the tip
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: InquiringMind on September 13, 2015, 08:03:15 AM
This is a great post since me and my wife are looking to try hunting squirrels for the first time after everything thaws. Hunter ed class is in April...

carbon - how did it work out? My wife and I are in the exact same situation down in SE PA. We just took the hunter safety course. Neither of us has any experience hunting, but we're itching to get out there for squirrel season.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Carl on September 13, 2015, 08:11:17 AM
I prefer to tenderize the meat while cooking,not while shooting...I use a 22.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: strangetanks on September 14, 2015, 06:11:33 AM
I like my PCP air rifle.  Super quiet, I can often get more than one at a time if they are in the same location.  I almost always take a head shot, body shots often result in big ugly bruises on the meat and messy blood in the body cavity.  When I hunt I just walk and listen.  Go when it's been dry for a while and you can easily hear them foraging in the dry leaves.  I also always look for walnut trees, easy to hear them sitting on a branch chewing through the shells.

(http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm56/strangetanks/IMG_3750_zpsjhsdlobb.jpg) (http://s293.photobucket.com/user/strangetanks/media/IMG_3750_zpsjhsdlobb.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: machinisttx on September 18, 2015, 08:51:47 PM
Is it possible to hunt squirrel with birdshot from a. 12 gauge.

If it ain't, I don't know what killed all those squirrels when I was a kid.  ;D They were awesome pan fried.

We mostly used #6 shot, but #4 or #5 work just as well if not better. Anything smaller(numerically larger) than #6 is not a good choice.  I've used a .22 as well with shorts/longs/long rifles. In my opinion, a .22 with either CB shorts or CB longs is pretty much ideal if the squirrels aren't too shy of people. If they are people shy, then a 12/16/20 gauge that you're fast with is a better choice. .410 works too, but ammo costs so much more and delivers so much less that it's just not worthwhile for adult use.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: date_a_prepper on September 19, 2015, 11:10:36 PM
Does squirrel meat really taste good? How do you prepare it and cook it?

thanks,

Joe

Flavor is good, but squirrel can be tough, and rubber, if cooked wrong; I've found the best way to prepare them is to sear the meat on both sides, until it's browned to a slight crispiness, then throw into a stew pot or slow cooker with your favorite veggies, and cook low, and slow.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Carl on September 20, 2015, 05:32:45 AM
Flavor is good, but squirrel can be tough, and rubber, if cooked wrong; I've found the best way to prepare them is to sear the meat on both sides, until it's browned to a slight crispiness, then throw into a stew pot or slow cooker with your favorite veggies, and cook low, and slow.

I find the meat close in flavor to raccoon and frog with just a tad of nutty flavor added,try not to over-cook the 'tree rat' as it can be tough to chew when cooked too long.Always good with a bit of onion and bell or banana pepper too.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: CountryRootsCityJob on November 17, 2016, 03:15:30 PM
PS.  If you have red squirrels in the area, I wouldn't bother trying to eat them but population control (my experience is they drive out the grays) is not a bad idea.

I knicked one with my bow last year and I'll second the recommendation to reduce their population based on the annoying factor alone!  That said, I just blew my chances with a gray from my tree stand because I was typing this!  Focus...
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Chris Gilliam on November 17, 2016, 05:48:01 PM
As much as I love the smell of gunpowder, a .22 or .25 pellet rifle is quiet, cheap to shoot, legal darn near everywhere, and packs plenty of power. I don't squirrel hunt, but I use my Gamo .22 to kill coons, beavers, foxes, and whatever else gets in my traps.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: ZackSurvival on June 02, 2018, 12:15:37 PM
I would go with .22 to be honest. A shotgun is overpowered for a squirrel hunt. You should try an airgun instead
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Stwood on July 20, 2018, 05:49:39 PM
You can say that again.  ;D
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: CharlesH on July 20, 2018, 07:51:05 PM
I’ll chime in since the topic is active again:  if it’s on the ground and legal go with the .22.  However, a nice .410 is fun to use when they are in trees.
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Redman on July 21, 2018, 06:46:53 AM
Any sort of a firearm or air gun is illegal here inside the city limits. Pointy stick are too dangerous here too.

I used to grin them to death but had to quit. Tore up the meat too much.  ::)


 :sarcasm:
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Stwood on July 21, 2018, 04:46:33 PM


I used to grin them to death but had to quit. Tore up the meat too much.  ::)





Maybe we better give that pineapple jam a quick check.  ::)



















 :rofl:
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Redman on July 21, 2018, 05:41:53 PM

Maybe we better give that pineapple jam a quick check.  ::)












:rofl:

Didn't make jam, just dehydrated them. Maybe I didn't get them dry enough.  ::)
Title: Re: Squirrel Hunting - Shotgun vs. .22
Post by: Stwood on July 21, 2018, 05:59:08 PM
 :facepalm:





Hey on the squirrel stalking, er, hunting.

I'd take the .22 and the .410 as a backup.  ;D