Man- my brother had a 17 for awhile- I was blown away by its 100 yard accuracy. It's accuracy convinced me that he could have hunted squirrels a football field away if need be.Rebel_hunter said:i jus shot em in the head with w/e i had so i never worried bout meat messin but but mags are 5-7 bucks for 50 abd like u siad 10 bucks for 550 rnds thats big diff u wona see meat tearin up i shot a squirrel with my 17. he was on the ground facin me put in on his noise it came out his tail (wear it shoulda been i found the fron legs and part of the head the rest "poofed"
WTH kind of squirrels do you have there? Every one I've ever poked through and through with a .22mag keeled over near instantly. In fact a few people here witnessed me turn two squirrels about inside out with a .22WMR with 40grn FMJs.DRS said:Several years ago, when I owned a Kimber Of Oregon M-82 in .22 magnum, I used it one season for Squirrels. I really didn't care for it as the JHP was too destructive, and the FMJ version while it knocked them out of the tree, some Squirrels would simply get up and run off. The FMJ would simply pass through their bodies with little damage done. Ofcourse, if I head shot them it would drop 'em okay. I switched back to .22 LR HP as I felt I was doing better with that when it came to Squirrels. If I want a longer range or more powerful load for Squirrels I hand load my .22 Hornet down to 1,500 FPS, using SR-4759 powder, and use a 50 grain (High Velocity) type spitzer bullet.