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Old 02-15-2009, 08:18 AM
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Well, I am not sure about all the squirrels of the world and I would never dispute what a reputable member of this forum states as fact, but I will also relay my experiences.

I have shot many, not sure how many, but lets just say "many" squirrels in the head with a .22mag. All have been DRT. I used solids for a long time because the Savage I had wouldn't shoot HP's as well. I always took head shots and while I missed a bunch, I didn't wound and lose any. I use HP's now because my new savage shoots HP's well. It blows the head up pretty bad. Same rules apply for me still. I shoot for the head only. Every once in a while I lose a shoulder, but I end up with more edible meat than when I use .22LR and purposely take body shots. The biggest advantage for me is that I regularly take 60-70 yard shots with a .22mag. I can't do that with my .22LR.

I have .22LR that shoot well, but the .22mag is what I take squirrel hunting.
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Old 02-25-2009, 02:32 PM
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Don't know what folks view as exceptable damage on a squirrel, but this is typical of an exit wound at 70 to 90 yards with CCI 40 grain JHP.

I think a tack driving 22 mag like a Savage 93 is the best squirrel gun I have used.

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You shot a squirrel... with a 22-Magnum... through one ear and out the other... and had to kill it with a stick.
I know itís old but I laughed when I read this... for a second I thought it was a post I responded to because I would of said the same thing
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Old 09-02-2020, 02:25 PM
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Squirrels with fmj cci

To the poster above who said he killed DRT "many" squirrels with FMJ, I TOTALLY AGREE!! I bought a Ruger 10/22 Magnum for $269
at Academy in Baton Rouge when they first came out, my first .22 magnum! Im 71, got my first .22 when i was 12. Killed many(probably a thousand or more) in the years until i got the magnum, all head shots, all with solids, .22 lr. Put a 2x7 Leupold on the magnum,sighted in 1/4" low at 35yds, to allow for elavation shooting up. For many years downed hundreds, used CCI 40 gr FMJ. All head shots, all drt! Yall have to understand this is in Louisiana where we have millions of squirrels and not very many
hunters. Not unusual to see 20 to 40 in a morning!! I was and still am a dedicated squirrel hunter and we have a very long season, Oct 1 through Feb 28. Most of the places i hunt are on public land, WMA'S that have short deer seasons and no squirrel hunters after Oct or Nov. HOGS are rampant now and you can shoot them anytime there is an open season! So, .22 Magnum is the ideal gun to be hunting with, of course you cant shoot deer with it but you have all the squirrels, rabbits, coyotes and hogs you can handle here in Louisiana. Just as an example I discouraged a friend of mine from using a shotgun, switched him to .22 magnum with scope and he took 369 squirrels, numerous hogs and a few coyotes last year, all with 40 gr CCI FMJ. You just have to pick your shots!!!
Here are .22 magnums i have owned or still own:
Ruger 10/22 .22 magnum
CZ 512( 3 of them, all very accurate, sold to friends!)
Excel .22 magnum pistol(very accurate, scoped,heavy)
Ruger 77/22 .22 magnum(very beautiful rifle, not accurate with factory barrel, replaced with GM BARREL, trigger job, now my most accurate gun of any kind, retired it! Too pretty)
2 Ruger single six, one stainless, one blued(stainless was not accurate with any of nine different bullets, blued is accurate with everything!)
Savage 24, .22 magnum over 20 guage(very accurate rifle barrel, very tight choke on shotgun, killed many ducks, too heavy to carry!)
Ruger American, standard model, .22 magnum(just bought, only shot at range, same hole accuracy at 25 at range! Hurricane Laura here, cant wait to get it back out! FUNCTIONED FLAWLESSLY,has Nikon prostaff 3x9, MY NEW WALKING AROUND THE SWAMPS GUN.
Ruger LCRx 3" .22 magnum revolver,( best trade ever at gun show, Buckmark i had invested $200 +$100 bill for this $519 gun brand new!
Had been looking for this for a year! Hurricane came, cant wait to get to range!

***Savage A22 .22 magnum, bought before American, took to range, jammed 10 consecutive times at range, next day took back to dealer, got money back, he sent back to Savage, GOOD RIDDANCE!!

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Old 09-10-2020, 10:17 AM
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Something maybe to consider is the size of squirrel. I live in Indiana. Northern mostly Fox squirrels, Southern lots of Gray squirrels. I feel the Fox squirrels are more tenacious for life and typically are bigger.

I use .22lr LRN, only because, the most accurate round in my rifle is Blazer 40gr.

I also like the low sound of the round. I can often drop one squirrel, re aim, and drop another.

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Old 09-14-2020, 09:02 AM
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Assuming you want to shoot your rifle in at the beginning of the season and not change ammo or poi I would recommend the bullet that you want if a coyote shows up or a turkey at a time when both squirrels and turkeys are legal. I use 40 gr JHP by CCI and take only head shots on squirrels. It is also quite capable of taking a turkey with a well placed shot. I am not sure about a FMJ for a turkey as I have no experience using them on turkeys.
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Old 09-15-2020, 03:17 PM
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Assuming you want to shoot your rifle in at the beginning of the season and not change ammo or poi I would recommend the bullet that you want if a coyote shows up or a turkey at a time when both squirrels and turkeys are legal. I use 40 gr JHP by CCI and take only head shots on squirrels. It is also quite capable of taking a turkey with a well placed shot. I am not sure about a FMJ for a turkey as I have no experience using them on turkeys.

Good point
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Old 09-15-2020, 03:48 PM
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i wish Indiana could use rimfire for turkey


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