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Old 11-06-2018, 06:04 PM
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Squirrel Hunters - Scopes & Ammo choice



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Curious what you tree squirrel hunters favor in optics and ammo.

I read lots of folks use Subsonics of various flavors.

How far have you been effective with 22LR? Dialing dope? Anyone using 22WMR?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-06-2018, 06:56 PM
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I have a vx-1 Leupold 3-9x40 on my favorite squirrel gun. Savage fav-sr. I also use a suppressor so I usually shoot cci quiet.
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Old 11-06-2018, 07:53 PM
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I use a vintage Japan Tasco 3x9x32 and high velocity round nose 40 gr rounds. I only take shots within 35 yards or so. A round in the ear seems to stop them in their tracks.

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Old 11-06-2018, 08:35 PM
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I couldnít choose a favorite scope but ammo wise itís fiocchi subsonic hp.
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:09 PM
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Shoot the ammo the rifle likes best. I prefer hollow points. Subsonics work but accuracy is more important than speed.
Use a scope with AO or built for or adjusted to about 50 yds. 3-9x is enough for most situations, although occasionally up to 18x is useful.
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:18 PM
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452 SuperMatch with Weaver Rv7 with Fiocchi subsonic HP.

455 American with Weaver V24. The 6 power is a little high on the low end but man it is nice shooting off sticks. Eley Subs are incredible with this rifle.

Marlin 60 Weaver Rv7. I use it for rabbit hunting at night too.
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Old 11-06-2018, 10:22 PM
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I've used WMR. Definitely too much round for squirrel, but it's nice to have when a fox appears. I have a Nikon 3-9x40 on the WMR rifle. When hunting squirrel, I sight the rifle for a 25 yard zero and usually just leave the magnification at 3x since where I hunt most shots are within the 25 yard range.

This year, though, I looking forward to using a .22 with iron sights on my Remington 552 now that I can legally hunt with this semi-auto.

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Old 11-06-2018, 10:43 PM
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I prefer the Nikon EFR on all my rifles, and Eley Edge thru them. The ones that won't do well with the Edge, usually does well with Eley Subsonic Hollow points. If they don't shoot either well...... they don't get taken out much.
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Old 11-06-2018, 11:55 PM
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Glass and Ammo

I asked about ammo, as the supersonic crack is said to affect the other squirrels in the area. No doubt subs are quieter. Do CCI SV - are they sub, I know they are listed as standard, but they don't break the barrier right?

Also, on the 22 WMR, they are destructive no doubt, but I figure the trajectory would make head shots easier from 60-100 yds or so....

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Old 11-07-2018, 02:46 AM
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I use 22WMR 17HMR 22LR... scope I'd recommend either Weaver RV series or Nikon EFR... 17HMR will destroy a Squirrels head... 22WMR little less destructive... 22LR the way to go
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Old 11-07-2018, 06:58 AM
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I have tried and still own many brands and models of scopes that I thought might make good squirrel scopes. My favorite scope is the Leupold 6.5-20x40 MM EFR fine duplex in matte finish. While it is a little bigger than many other solid choices, I like to be able to crank up the power on long shots or when I am trying to get a shot at them through small openings in the leaves and branches. I want to be able to see their eyelashes! I set the scope on about 8X while walking/stalking, for locating moving squirrels and in the unlikely event of a quick close shot. Once I set up on one, I dial in the power and A/O setting needed for the shot.

I have recently switched from high velocity hollow points to target ammo that I hollow point with the D Rock tool. The accuracy of HV stuff is too unreliable for a guy trying to get head shots at 50 yards or mote. The ammo that shoots best in a particular rifle is what I hollow point. The most common include Center-X, Fed. Ultra Match and Wolf MT. It does not take long to knock out 100 custom hollow-pointed rounds.
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Old 11-07-2018, 08:30 AM
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Leupold, with nothing higher than 4-12x40, while poking the rats with various hp subs.
IMA there are a lot of different scopes that will take care of business quite well these days. Life is good for optics.
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Fixed 4 power leupy on my CZ 452 and norma tac-22 are what I use with excellent results. I used to think variable power was needed for a squirrel gun but then I realized about 15 yrs ago I rarely used the feature and majority the shots I took were typically under 40 yds. The lower power 3x/4x setting made it significantly quicker and easier to find that squirrel hiding in the crotch or off the side of a tree but was still more than enough magnification to place headshots. The other benefit of the fixed power in smaller scopes is the lighter weight, brighter and clearer picture you typically get vs a similarly priced variable scope.

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CZ 452 LH with a Leupold VX 2 3x9. SK Standard Plus worked very nicely on last hunt. All shots were 25 are less though.


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