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Old 10-08-2021, 06:00 PM
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Normally I prefer high speed hollow points but this year I bought a Winchester 69A and wanted to shoot up the Flobert 6mm/22cal ammo I had before I try some CCI Quiet Segmented. I’ve been having so much fun I’ll be sad when I run out.
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Old 10-08-2021, 06:10 PM
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Old 10-08-2021, 06:15 PM
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Old 10-08-2021, 07:33 PM
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NICE rifle and you are having fun with it to.
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Old 10-08-2021, 07:34 PM
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Interesting thread. What’s your normal range/distance?
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Old 10-08-2021, 07:43 PM
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Does the round ball ammo have an acorn imprinted on the bottom of the brass shell? There was no powder in the shell, just the priming material. Some 60+ years ago, when I was in high school, I used those to hunt in areas of the woods where being there was questionable and being silent was necessary. If memory serves me right, I needed to be within 30' to be assured of a head shot on a squirrel. While the cartridge worked, it was not nearly as effective as a .22 short hollow point.
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Does the round ball ammo have an acorn imprinted on the bottom of the brass shell? There was no powder in the shell, just the priming material. Some 60+ years ago, when I was in high school, I used those to hunt in areas of the woods where being there was questionable and being silent was necessary. If memory serves me right, I needed to be within 30' to be assured of a head shot on a squirrel. While the cartridge worked, it was not nearly as effective as a .22 short hollow point.
I used to use those acorn stamped BB caps too. I was saving a full can of them for several years until I gave them to a pal that needs them. I watched a video of them this morning and shocked to see a can of them are costing at least $50. Doesn't matter, my pal will put them to good use.
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The English kill the heck out of Squirrels, Rabbits, Crows etc. with 12 fpe air guns, bullet placement is King....
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Old 10-10-2021, 04:49 PM
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Sixgunluver, did you recover any of the BB cap BBs?

By the way, very nice post and nice going!

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Old 10-10-2021, 05:05 PM
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Sixgunluver, did you recover any of the BB cap BBs?

By the way, very nice post and nice going!
I agree, very interesting.
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Old 10-12-2021, 02:10 AM
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I used up what I had of the BB style and now 75 or so of the CB…. Which is the same thing except using a conical style bullet. I think they are 17-18gr.

Here are two recovered CB’s

As mentioned they have no powder and are NOT a good choice for responsible squirrel hunting unless you are picky about your shots. Fortunately I hunt a nice piece of WV oak and hickory that offers many close range opportunities. I take shots from 5-25 yds.
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Old 10-12-2021, 02:21 AM
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I was wondering if you recovered any of the .22 round lead balls from the BB caps.
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Old 10-12-2021, 02:28 AM
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:50 AM
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This is an interesting post for a guy who uses 22mag exclusively for rimfire hunting. Just goes to prove the old saying, it is the Indian and not the bow.
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Old 10-12-2021, 08:14 AM
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I think it all depends on the distances that you need to cover. I know for me a BB cap would not reliably make a 50 yard shot because CBs suck at that distance bouncing off the ground unless you sight in specifically for them. I take a few ground squirrels at under 30 feet from time to time but the vast majority of the time they won't let you get within 25 yards in open country. In England they are a pretty crowded country in most places so backyard pest shooting in the garden must be more common. There is also a huge difference between tree squirrel, ground squirrel and rabbit behavior in terms of how close you can get. One thing is for sure, if you have a reliable and accurate 12 fpe pellet gun, you probably have a better hunting rig at 25 yards than a Flobert powered 22. The groups of a round ball fired from a 22LR chamber must get rather large rather quickly.
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