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    what is the best gun and load for spring squirell season

  • #2
    ruger 10/22 lr by far. so much fun to shoot and easy to cary. I also love to use my stevens favorite single shot because it is so accurate.

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    • #3
      .410 with 5 shot. I have a side by side double barrel that makes it fun.

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      • #4
        I have always used my .22 remington semi. I have never had a problem shooting them in the head with it. I also have a scope on there which helps. But they do get messy if you hit them anywhere else. I have you my 12 ga. with game loads but you have to pick out the lead.

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        • #5
          ruger 77/22 (bolt action). I use a 20ga if I think they will be more on the ground than in the trees.

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          • #6
            I use a .22 Remington semi for anything in the trees and a 20 ga when I expect them on the ground.

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            • #7
              I use a 20 gauge for squirrel hunting with #6 shot. The 6s penetrate the leaves and branches better than 7 1/2s and still give a dense pattern. I have used a 12 gauge as well, but it is overkill, and who wants to carry the thing?

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              • #8
                buckhunter, and everyone else that suggested a shotgun. BOOO!!!! shotguns for little critters? that's cheating. i would use a Ruger 10/22 or a Marlin M60. any .22 LR laod will work. buy the 550 winchester packs from wally wrold

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                • #9
                  hey go cheap take the 1000 fps pellet gun and improve your shot

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                  • #10
                    at least in ontario, a 1000fps isnt cheaper than a good used .22, and the ammo is no cheaper either

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                    • #11
                      .22 all the way.

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                      • #12
                        I use a 22 rifle(any will do as long as it's accurate)with a low power scope. I found out many years ago to use the sub-sonic 40 gr. loads. These loads are very accurate and extremely quiet as well as being very efficient. I've shot squirrel's and held very still and many times the woods will come alive with more tree climbers in just a few minutes. I've shot 3 from the same seated position before. Good luck to you. Never stop hunting small game or you will miss some of the best that life has to offer.

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                        • #13
                          Mossberg 702 .22lr.

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                          • #14
                            Reid, you shoot them sitting still? Oh, the shame!

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                            • #15
                              22 with good iron sights or a scope or a 20 gauge with #6 shot

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