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#7244833 - 12/30/12 01:04 PM Re: 22 LR vs. 17 HMR on squirrels [Re: k20350]
TNrifleman Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 09/24/04
Posts: 4341
Loc: TN
An accurate .22LR and head shots has worked well for me for many years.

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#7247439 - 12/30/12 11:21 PM Re: 22 LR vs. 17 HMR on squirrels [Re: TNrifleman]
rainierrifleco Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 01/02/12
Posts: 1847
Loc: Gig Harbor WA/SE Neb
17 hm2 would be the way to go but the hmr will kill them for sure. will be somewhat messy tho.

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#7249998 - 12/31/12 02:54 PM Re: 22 LR vs. 17 HMR on squirrels [Re: rainierrifleco]
IMR4350 Offline
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Registered: 04/14/12
Posts: 197
Loc: Ex New Yorker living in MO
Most of my shots at squirrels are close. (under 20 yrds). I wanted just a little more power than a .22LR. I found the answer along time ago in the 25-20 WCF. This number was popular around the early 1900's. I drive an 86gr JSP at around 1350fps. The load will drop a squirrel with a body shot and no excessive meat distruction. I once drove one length wise through a squirrel. I also use an 80gr plane base cast bullet load with equal effect. Both loads hit at the same point of impact. 5 gr of Unique for the JSP and 4.5gr of the same powder for the cast bullet. Both loads use a small pistol primer. My rifle ia a Marlin 1894CL. It is hard to find a rifle in this caliber today but if you can you should give it a try.

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#7250526 - 12/31/12 04:37 PM Re: 22 LR vs. 17 HMR on squirrels [Re: IMR4350]
17ACKLEYBEE Offline
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Registered: 11/04/07
Posts: 19491
Loc: A wash in the west.
Squirrels a good quality pellet gun is all you need.
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#7259569 - 01/02/13 04:58 PM Re: 22 LR vs. 17 HM2 on squirrels [Re: 17ACKLEYBEE]
Spotshooter Offline
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Registered: 05/10/03
Posts: 11275
HM2 is much flatter than a 22.

Anyone used a HM2 on Squirrels ?
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#7262010 - 01/03/13 08:27 AM Re: 22 LR vs. 17 HM2 on squirrels [Re: Spotshooter]
FyrepowrX Offline
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Registered: 06/14/05
Posts: 1843
Loc: Oklahoma
Originally Posted By: Spotshooter
HM2 is much flatter than a 22.
Anyone used a HM2 on Squirrels ?


i usually start off with a .22, but after leaves drop, its usually mach2's from there on.


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#7265105 - 01/03/13 07:03 PM Re: 22 LR vs. 17 HM2 on squirrels [Re: FyrepowrX]
Jericho Online   content
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Registered: 05/27/02
Posts: 5829
I actually get more excited about squirrel hunting than I do
deer hunting.

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#7265325 - 01/03/13 07:45 PM Re: 22 LR vs. 17 HMR on squirrels [Re: 17ACKLEYBEE]
Reloder28 Offline
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Registered: 03/09/06
Posts: 8485
Loc: Deer Park, Tx
Originally Posted By: 17ACKLEYBEE
Squirrels a good quality pellet gun is all you need.


Agreed. Pellet rifles are illegal in Texas for game animals, which squirrels are.
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#7266168 - 01/04/13 05:30 AM Re: 22 LR vs. 17 HM2 on squirrels [Re: Jericho]
maddog Offline
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Registered: 02/25/04
Posts: 5552
Loc: Indiana
Originally Posted By: Jericho
I actually get more excited about squirrel hunting than I do
deer hunting.



Any more, me too. I have an H&R Sportster .22 that I have had an absolute ball, hunting squirrels with, this fall. Just for the hellofit, I'm going to buy the same gun in HMR to do some late season hunting with, next fall.


maddog

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#7289962 - 01/09/13 11:32 AM Re: 22 LR vs. 17 HM2 on squirrels [Re: Jericho]
benchman Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 04/15/05
Posts: 1907
Originally Posted By: Jericho
I actually get more excited about squirrel hunting than I do
deer hunting.
It can be a lot of fun! Deer hunting can get to be work. I also get to play with my rimfires....Just conked one in the head at 35yds with an "old school" Westernfield 855 semi auto (Mossberg 351). What a blast!!! That old rifle works a LOT better than the 100.00 price tag would suggest. Also have Mossy 340BA, a Stevens Crackshot, and a Marlin .17 that need to go out and play.

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