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Old 05-04-2008, 05:37 PM
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Hi all,


I just got one of these and love it. Has anyone here used one to hunt squirrels? I figured I could w/ 10 pumps and some heavy pellets. Any thoughts?

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Old 05-04-2008, 06:43 PM
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You will wound as many as you kill. There is a pretty good velocity loss with the short barrel.

I have one in 177 caliber and its a shooter. I even have the skeleton buttstock for it. A 22 caliber pistol would be better but not by a whole lot.

An air rifle is best if you can't use a 22 where your at. Its against the game laws here in Texas to shoot squirrels with an air rifle.
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Old 05-06-2008, 02:02 AM
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Its just not enough gun to do the job. Ive got a few chipmunks at 20yds & under but still some of them crawled a ways.
There are a lot of folks that modify them with longer barrels & custom adjustable pistons but you could have $200 in it before it would be squirrel ready im afraid.
Personally I dont even use .177 rifles for squirrels anymore. Through & through shots with them dont seem to cause any "shock". They know thier hit & they run often making it back to the tree. Has to be a head shot or nothing .22 cal delivers a lot more punch & allows body shots.
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Old 05-07-2008, 07:20 AM
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If you convert it to .22 it will be better. Check the Crosman forum
http://www.network54.com/Forum/275684/
They can help you with the conversion and other modifications to boost power.
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Old 05-07-2008, 08:53 AM
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Musicman,
I use a Mac1 LD pistol, which is a converted Crosman MkI. Its .22cal and is hell on rabbits. Mostly one shot kills out to 30 yrds or so which is the end of my yard. Head shot or heart and lung puts them down on the spot, couple of twitches and that's it. My R-10 rifle in .20 cal does the same thing.

The Mac1 LD chronies an avg of 525 with 14 gr pellets
The R-10 gets about 800 with 11.5 gr pellets.
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Old 05-08-2008, 10:49 PM
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LDs are darn good...quite too....long time ago..made a bigger knob to make loading easier

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Old 05-09-2008, 08:47 AM
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LDs are darn good...quite too....long time ago..made a bigger knob to make loading easier

Varmintgetter,
Did you turn that knob yourself or did you adapt something you had??
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Old 05-09-2008, 11:17 AM
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I made that knob...not the best machinest..but managed to do it after a "few" hours.
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Old 05-12-2008, 03:30 PM
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Musicman,

Handyandy sent you to the right spot to "fluff, buff and accessorize" your 1377 to bring out some super hunting potential.
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Old 06-08-2008, 02:57 AM
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1377

The 1377 is a decent gun out of the box and will take squirrel at 10 yards and under with pointed or domed pellets and good shot placement. PSP airguns run by skyler, and mountain air custom airguns both do alot of work with the 1377 turning them into amazing hunting platforms. I just dropped a bit over 300 on my custom 1377 rifle. But even bone stock, yes it is capable of taking squirrel
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:04 AM
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I, personally, wouldn't use a stock 1377 on squirrels; they are just too tough and I would fear wounding one which is inexcusable. Speaking only for myself, I would use nothing less than a .22lr.
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Old 06-08-2008, 10:08 PM
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I agree

if I may chime in.I will use mine [1377] on the occasional mouse[tuff little knuckleheads too] or english/house sparrows,but mainly for paper,cans and etc,,,.Move to a .22cal pellet gun like a 1322 or modded 2240,I would say something that atleast reaches 600-700 fps minimum with .22 weight.There is too much to go wrong in using a .177 pellet for squirrels,especially in a air pistol like the 1377 for that size game.Shooting off hand with a pistol versus a rifle is a whole different ballgame too. Squirrels are really tuff little beasties.
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Old 06-08-2008, 10:13 PM
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The discontinued 1322 was a lot more lethal I got a sq. with a head shot with pointed .22 pellets. eventually the gun got loose and innacurate so i tossed it.
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Good heavens; squills ain't that tough!!

I've killed them with my IZH-46M at 450fps with JSB express. Head shots are required for instant kills. No, I've never shot one that got away, up to 20 yds...never shot further than that.

If you want to have some fun, do the adjustable flat-top piston mod and increase the valve capacity, add a 18" barrel and you will have a bird/squill murderin'-machine.

It's a great platform for modification.

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Old 06-09-2008, 04:24 PM
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Flat top

I agree on that,a flat top valve,adjustable piston and a 14-18" bbl is a good choice.Better yet try to convert it to 1322 with the smae set up.Parts are still available thru Crosman or aftermarket retailers.I posted a bunch a links in a previous post. BTW I been wanting to get a IZH 46M for a while.
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