First Squirrel of the Season! (Graphic) Pic And Dog Story

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by Joshua M. Smith, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. Joshua M. Smith

    Joshua M. Smith New Member

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    Hello,

    I was shooting on my range today, testing .22LR handloads.

    At 30yds, a largish fox squirrel appeared.

    My mind went, "squirrel!"

    It saw me at about the same time, so I dialed down the 'scope to 4.5x, which is the minimum setting, stood up, did a Hasty Hasty sling, and sent the bullet.

    The handloaded 40gn HP struck right behind the lungs - very poor placement on my part. I had not had a chance to set the trigger, so I was operating with a 5# trigger instead of a crisp 12oz trigger. I had also not adjusted the parallax off of 100yds. But I know this rifle and it hit only 1/4" further back from where I aimed. The squirrel was moving as well, so it may not have been all me.

    Regardless, of the bad placement, the squirrel dropped. I've not seen the local squirrel drop with less-than-precise placement with anything but high velocity HP.

    I secured the rifle an got my dog, Nikki, and we walked out there.

    Sometime during all this, the squirrel had "come back to life" and was among the trees. I had Nikki sniffing around for it when it fell in among some briers and thick growth that I couldn't make it in. So I gave the command (since she had seen it fall), "Nikki, GET THE SQUIRREL!" and she was in faster than I thought a dog that size could move.

    I heard a brief struggle, and Nikki came sauntering back out of the brush, covered with little green burrs and holding a largish squirrel in her mouth.

    She put it down at my feet.

    Then it tried to get up.

    She grabbed it in her mouth and squeezed it until it stopped breathing.

    And I have to say, this is something I've not seen a dog do. I've seen them shake prey to break its neck, and I've seen them just chomp. But she just squeezed it and kept on squeezing it even when it bit her.

    She put it down.

    It was still alive.

    Not wanting to make her get bitten again, I just stood on it.

    I told her "good girl!" and only then did she show how happy she was with herself.

    Here's what we ended up with:

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    The little specs on Nikki are burrs. The squirrel looks smaller than it was because of dog drool.

    Nikki, of course, got to eat the entrails. I don't know what was going on, but I botched the skinning job. The muscle wanted to stay on the skin, and I got little more than the back legs. Wasted about half the animal, but I couldn't figure out any other way. It was hot and I had to get it in before the meat could spoil.

    The bullet passed through-and-though, but there were no support structure hit. Additionally, the lil' slug did expand a bit according to the exit wound. I put a hollowpoint in them as part of the handloading process.

    I'd still like to know why most of the meat peeled off with the hide when I didn't wait any longer or skin any differently than usual. But overall, it was a good surprise hunt.

    Nikki is definitely showing her worth again this year.

    Josh
     
  2. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    That is one happy-looking dog!
     

  3. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    what caliber is that?
     
  4. Joshua M. Smith

    Joshua M. Smith New Member

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    It's a .22LR.

    Josh
     
  5. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Well done! :D

    Hell nothing brings a smile to your face faster than a good shooting .22LR rifle, a happy dog and a dead squirrel. ;) :D
     
  6. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    I'm interested in how you're handloading .22LR and why?
     
  7. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    yeah me too.

    Alex I will take A History of Violence for $300 Please.
     
  8. lonyaeger

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    I didn't know rimfires were reloadable. But then, I am new to handloading.
     
  9. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I too am curious about how you reloaded 22LR.
     
  10. Joshua M. Smith

    Joshua M. Smith New Member

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    Hello,

    The below pic contains the instructions for handloading the .22LR as I do it.

    By clicking the link to go to the full sized picture on Photobucket, you are absolving me of any and all responsibility should you try this and get hurt.

    Deleted the pic. Reason: People didn't seem to like it.

    Have fun!

    Oh, and if it comes up too small, just click it again and it will be readable.

    Josh
     
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  11. joshfireart

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    well there ya go seen something new to day
     
  12. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    That is the dumbest thing I ever seen.

    Really. Your showing people how to do this but you leave out the part about pulling the bullet BECAUSE SOMEONE MAY TOUCH ONE OFF.


    I don't know about anyone else but this sounds like a good way to A: destroy a good gun. B: blow your fingers off and get the nick name STUMPY. and C: get someone else hurt. I hope for your sake no one gets hurt and sues the living daylights out of you even with your disclaimer. You leave out a vital step in the process and you fail to show a safe method of doing it. So your leaving that open to anyone. Which can I am sure can get you living in a cardboard box downtown.

    Also where is the safe reloading data for the powder charge.

    And 22lr ammo is made to burn all powder in 18" barrels. not 14 or 16"
     
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  13. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    IMO, reloading a rimfire cartridge is an unsafe practice. This is something that should not be demonstrated in this forum.

    I am not against reloading centerfire cartridges, but rimfire is a different story.
     
  14. cpttango30

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    Alex I will take A History of Violence for $300 Please.
     
  15. skullcrusher

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    So, other than the reloading the .22lr thingy, is it squirrel season in Indiana yet? How bad were the worbles on the squirrel?
     
  16. Joshua M. Smith

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    Different makers use different powders. It usually is one step faster than 800-x from the factory.

    Now, they used to REload rimfires all the time. Mix the priming compound up and everything. And you call this dumb? Really?

    Wow.

    Josh
     
  17. Joshua M. Smith

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    Hello,

    I'm not seeing any bugs or any other critters living on the squirrels this year.

    I remember getting swarmed regularly, but lately (as in the last couple or so years), there has been nothing.

    Very healthy squirrels, these are.

    Josh
     
  18. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Where is the reference to your your statement "they used to REload rimfires all the time."
    Who is "they"? I do not know of any ammo manufacturer who would indorse such a practice.
    Without creditable sources, I again say that this practice should not be done, and to post such an unsafe act is irresponsible.
     
  19. orangello

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    Dumb question, but what is the bushing/rubber donut thingy on your barrel? I'm guessing that it is something to dampen the vibrations.

    That dog just looks hilariously happy in that pic, practically smiling.
     
  20. Joshua M. Smith

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    Even though G37 pretty much answered this, it was a common practice through the Depression Era.

    After WWII, the kits stopped being sold.

    Man, I've used a kit, or what was left of it. It originally contained a priming compound you'd mix with water, drop into the case, and let dry, as well as bullets and a tool similar to Paco's and D Rock's, but they were for reloading, not resizing.

    The kit belonged to the man I studied gunsmithing under, and disappeared after he died. I suppose it was worth some money.

    The concept that a rimfire is not reloadable is a NEW one. Any reloading (or shooting for that matter) is inherently dangerous. You're messing with a controlled explosion here!

    Keeping pressure properly off the rim, you will not set the round off. It really is just that simple.

    It's less dangerous than seating a primer in a centerfire.

    Google is your friend. Turn off "safe search" and see what you come up with.

    Josh

    P.S. I was reading an old post from alt.guns newsgroup IIRC. A Polish(?) man, whose country restricted him from owning anything more than a .22LR for the first year, after which he could get a .22 Magnum, was attempting to load Stingers for self-defense. He called them Stinger +, IIRC. The man almost double charged the case with the duplex load used in Stingers, and put these through a TZ bolt rifle.

    Additionally, if I load a .45acp and double charge it - say 9 grains of Bullseye as I do like 4.5 grains of the stuff under a 230gn TC cast bullet for all manner of critters out here, my nice custom built 1911 is coming apart in a not-so-cool fashion. However, if I load a .22LR and double charge it, one of two things will happen: If it's a hot load, the powder will overflow the case. If it's meant to be a mild load, it will just end up being a high velocity load. From this perspective, it's one of the safer cartridges to handload! J.S.
     
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