Small game hunting

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by marine04, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. marine04

    marine04 New Member

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    Like to hunt a lot of small game mainly squirrel and I saw a ballistics test on the cci mini mag .22lr rounds looked pretty sweet. I put 100 rounds through my rifle to compare it with some other ammo I have and it performed tons better than anything else I shot with 0malfunctions out of 100 rounds but haven't shot anything with it. Has anyone used it on squirrel? If so what kind of stopping power does it have with a body shot? The solid nose stuff I was using wasn't great because I was having to track it my squirrel down after a body shot.
     
  2. atic45

    atic45 New Member

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    Anyone have any input on a Taurus 845?
    Looked at one the other day and fell in love it with.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Atic- please post over in the handgun section. You are usurping someone else's thread. (have waited all week to use that word)

    CCI makes good ammo- reliable, accurate, consistent. Folks were squirrel hunting with 22's a LONG time before the super-duper golly gee .22 Macerator Magnum Cobra Death Nuclear BioHazard ammo was ever thought of.

    For a body shot, find a good .22 Hollow point. Does NOT have to be a Stinger, Viper, or Yellow Jacket. However, IMHO, you damage a lot of meat with a body shot on a squirrel (and I mainly shoot them for the skillet). A head shot with any 22 ends the discussion with the squirrel.

    Of course, to prevent damage to the fur, I always shoot them thru the eye. Have to make sure I have the proper angle so bullet passes out of the other eye. :rolleyes:
     
  4. Model70

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    Do you really keep and eat squirrels?

    I guess I don't really know about meat damage... I was just gonna say I love CCI 22 rounds...
     
  5. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    Squirrel is fine meat. Why would you take anything other than head shots? The first (and only) time my wife went squirrel hunting she made all head shots. She only stopped shooting them when I said " are you going to eat all these?"
     
  6. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Did you make her gut and skin them?:)
     
  7. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    I use stardard velocity ammo with solids for tree rats. never had problems killing them and typicaly more accrurate then "faster ammo". Allway shoot for the head don't allways hit it but it stops them just as well if a shoulder hit. better ammo can mean better accuracy too. Federal 722b and wolf/sk
     
  8. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I personally don't hunt them because it takes time to clean a few for little meat. I have had a squirrel pot pie, some of the best eating in my life. It was a homemade crust, filling with fresh veggies, etc. I would KILL for some more of it. A squirrel, of course.
     
  9. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    CCI makes the best (IMO) .22LR ammo. However, it is the worst for shooting tree rats. Too much meat damage. The Winchester bulk hollow points have been the best that I've used.

    If your not gonna shoot 'em in the head at least shoot in the ribs, not much meat there.
     
  10. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Wish I could help, but I use a .410 on small game.............
     
  11. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    Some Big greys, a .22lr w/ solid lead, a dutch oven, a can of tomato paste, some salt, pepper, garlic, onion, green pepper and paprika make a fine meal while camping or hiking. All are light weight except the dutch oven. Works great for rabbits also. If you bring flour, lard, powdered milk, and baking powder you can make dumplings or biscuits. I like to eat well.
     
  12. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Fried Squirrel, biscuits & gravy...........Yum, Yum, Yum.
     

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