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Old 11-28-2010, 10:36 AM   #41
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Last week I was walken out of the woods from my deer blind and at 30 feet away took aim with my 12 Ga loaded with deer slugs. That did not end well.
What happened did the squirrel shoot back?
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If you are in a populated area you MUST hit the squirrel with a 22 or the round will be dangerous.
A shotgun will minimize this danger. Using larger shot such as 6's will give better knockdown and may actually pass through the critter and result in less and easier location of the shot to find when dressing. Using the lightest loads will also reduce excessive shot.
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What happened did the squirrel shoot back?
No when I aimed i was going for the head as it was coming down the tree when it stoped. When I pulled the trigger it moved and caught it in the body. There was nothing left to eat.
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:24 PM   #45
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i dont know where most of ya'll live ,but here in east tx, if one uses a .22 to hunt squirrels ....he goes hungry...we have red(fox) and grey (cat ) squirrels here ...most east texans only hunt the cat species as they are more plentiful, better tasteing ,one could hunt fox species with a .22 because they are slower ,habits are different than the cat species which are mainly hunted with shotguns..i use a 12 with# 5 or #6 shot ...the terrain is mainly thick ,heavy river bottoms oaks,cypress,tangled briars,cottonmouths and rattlers,wild hogs,sloughs,creeks,swamps.....did i mention cottonmouths..lol when the squirrel is in the pan ,with gravy and homemade bisquits...does it matter what he was he was shot with? p.o.w.g. pissed off white guy
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... if I am squirrel hunting private land in Alabama and come up on some feral hogs, it is easy to silently change from #4 shot to Dixie Tri-Ball buckshot, (three .60" hard cast 325 grain pellets). These are choke friendly and shoot just above point of aim at 40 yards with the 32" full choke 12 gauge single barrel.

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There is only one thing wrong with hunting squirrels with a shot gun. You should be using an AR15!
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There is only one thing wrong with hunting squirrels with a shot gun. You should be using an AR15!
You do recall that AR upper in .410 shotty, right? That might actually get me interested in an AR eventually.

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But it's still a .410! That's a women's and youth round pretty much isn't it? But yeah, I remember that upper for sale and I instantly thought it was a novelty. I preferr to make the squirrels explode! I have a disdain for squirrels similar to your disdain for bears.
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But it's still a .410! That's a women's and youth round pretty much isn't it? But yeah, I remember that upper for sale and I instantly thought it was a novelty. I preferr to make the squirrels explode! I have a disdain for squirrels similar to your disdain for bears.
... you also have a distain for squirrel and dumplings!
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