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View Poll Results: Do you hunt squirrel?
Yup shotgun. 21 30.43%
Yup 22. 52 75.36%
Yup Air Rifle. 10 14.49%
Yup slingshot. 3 4.35%
Yup archery. 7 10.14%
Yup 17 HMR! 3 4.35%
Whats a Squirrel? 2 2.90%
No, I don't DO Treerat. 1 1.45%
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Old 01-03-2004, 02:10 AM
billy ahring billy ahring is offline
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Hello Goodolboy!

You darn right squirrel hunting is downright enjoyable. My favorite tactic is just setting down near an old scaley bark hickory nut tree when they're cutt'in and just sitting back and playing the patient sniper. Is this a great country or what? That's just too much fun. And the double bonus is the nice stew that follows. Tried bar-be-cue'in them once when I was a young batchelor, but man they were dried out and tuff eat'in. Not even slathering them in sauce helped.


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Old 01-11-2004, 02:07 PM
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Mostly .22lr., sometimes I use a Crossmen 1377 air pistol, sometimes a .22mag.
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Old 05-04-2004, 07:35 PM
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Originally posted by GoodOlBoy
Were I am sitting we have been flooded with big city hunters (I am on the edge of the Davy Crockett national forest) PLUS my next door neighbor just started logging. I figure I won't see another deer until sometime in July anyway.

Heh i use .22lr or 22mag.

I have a good idea where your at Goodolboy.

Was stationed at Ft. Hood, and after going to Ft Irwin for 45 days, we got a 7 day pass right as deer season started in 1987.

% of us heaeded off to Davy crokett, and we had the _most_ with the "sheriff of Marques texas"(maybe bad spelling).

Little bitty hole in the wall town, was so small, the local paper had a section for people to leave messages to each other, like we do voicemail nowdays all 3 pages for a weeks news.

we did have a blast though
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Old 08-26-2004, 02:13 PM
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I am with lil' Red on this one. If I get out during early fall while leave are still on I use the shotgun, normally the 410, after the leaves drop I use the .22
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Old 12-24-2004, 08:31 PM
earschplitinloudenboomer earschplitinloudenboomer is offline
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Yup, .32 cal muzzle loader. CVA barrel, Davis "Squirrel Lock"
Cast my own 103 grain maxi balls (they let a lot of daylight in on a squirrel).
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Old 12-25-2004, 09:34 AM
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There's a mold for a .31 - .32 cal Maxi?????

Who makes it???

(I may need to get me one. Bwahahahahah!)

Getting back to the subject at hand--and away from SASS type useage of nermal ML projos)

--that sounds like just the ticket to boost Crockett/Squirrel Rifle performance from ".22" levels to the realm of .32-20!

(.31 cal roundballs weigh in in the approx 50 grain range. That Maxi sounds suspiciously close to the correct weight for standard .32-20 projos)

Now must link this thread to my other one in Cowboy Action...
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."--the late Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005)

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Old 12-26-2004, 09:28 PM
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Mad Reloader;

...don't remember if it's a Lee or a Lyman mold but it is a true muzzle loading maxi ball mold (wide lube rings).

...use 70gr of Pyrodex P...dug one out of the dirt backstop at the range, looks like a nickle !!!

...could not get the patched round balls (Hornady) to shoot from my gun. The 103gr maxi's shoot great, very accurate!!

...made one .32 from scratch from 8mm mauser barrel (.323), still have it, shoots surprisingly well...barrel is 23" would love to have a good 29" barrel to try.
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Old 02-04-2005, 12:21 PM
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I love squirrel, we have plenty around here, from blacks and grays to foxes and reds.

I use my Mossberg 500 20-gauge.
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Old 02-05-2005, 07:51 AM
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doesn't everybody?

I shoot a clark custom bull barrelled Ruger 10/22 with an 8x40x56 mil-spec scope riding it. It weighs 13.5# but man does it shoot
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Old 02-05-2005, 12:25 PM
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.17HMR not so bad!

The weather has ben improving this week!
And the Treerats are out!

With the snow pack making walking a pain, I decided to use my Contender, with a .17HMR barrel.
Yesterday my take was 6, I was siting along a hedge row of a farm field, I wasnt trying to walk alot .
I was pleasntly suprised with the shots I made, along with the results from the shots. I feel that most of the eatable meat is on the rear of the treerat. So, naturaly I try for head and torso shots.
I dont eat treerat, but I did do a post mortem on them this time.
I found that there is alot of meat still on them! I did find a tinny fragment on a rat taken aprox 30y.
Next time Im going to have my diggy for some proof(I think normaly carcace pics, are in poor taste, and abit on the disturbed side, but this is in the name of science )

Buddy (the cat) had himself a feast! He will now grant me 6 more good seasons, for the sacrafice! bwahahaha

P.S. Im not trying to say that the .17HMR is superior to the .22lr for treerat hunting, Just saying that it is a viable choice.
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Old 03-14-2005, 01:28 AM
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Old 12-03-2005, 09:37 PM
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Pistol this year

Changed over to a Ruger Mark III only this year. Getting a bit too easy with a .22 WMR with a 4 - 16 scope on it.

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Old 03-05-2006, 07:56 PM
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Thumbs up Treerats

I've hunted them with many tools. My early takings were with the shotgun and .22 and .22 Magnum calibers in rifle and handgun. Over the last thirteen years I've taken the little furry scatter rats with my flintlocks, both rifle and smoothbore. I also enjoy other small game with the same tools. I also enjoy dressing in period correct clothing, although to be complient with current law, I put on the required minimum flo orange.
*I started hunting when I was young. Yeah, I saw "BAMBI", but , I got over it.
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Old 03-11-2006, 12:21 AM
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Squirell has always been of my favorites. I use a shotgun, mostly, but also have a Remington nylon 66 .22 that I scoped for just that purpose. Went out quite a bit last fall, and limited out in about 45 minutes one day.
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Old 10-02-2006, 11:57 AM
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I take the 12ga out when the leaves are still on,but when the leaves drop I usually take the .22 or a longbow--love hunting squirrels with the longbow!
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