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Your favorite gun for small game? #13836731 05/21/19
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What format do you prefer for your small game gun: bolt, semi-auto, lever, pump, single shot ?

For me:
1. Bolt action
2. Single Shot


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I like bolt or single shot. I tend.to take more time to make that 1st shot count. I would use a marlin 39 if I could find one i could afford. Never had the opportunity to use a pump. With shotguns same principle. I prefer single shots or doubles.


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My absolute favorite is my old Marlin M39A. It has a Williams aperture sight and small flat faced gold bead front. It's slim, light, accurate and handles perfectly.


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Originally Posted by MOGC
My absolute favorite is my old Marlin M39A. It has a Williams aperture sight and small flat faced gold bead front. It's slim, light, accurate and handles perfectly.


How old are you since you’re using open sights?


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Originally Posted by Reloder28
Originally Posted by MOGC
My absolute favorite is my old Marlin M39A. It has a Williams aperture sight and small flat faced gold bead front. It's slim, light, accurate and handles perfectly.


How old are you since you’re using open sights?


59... I don't need glasses yet. Feel fortunate for that. I'm still able to kill them with my S&W K22 or Ruger MK III Hunter open sights handguns.


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I grew up shooting rabbits and squirrels with my great grandfathers octagon barreled Rem mod 12. It had cool sights, probably something from Marbles, a rear tang mounted aperture sight and the front could flip from a bead to a bead in a ring. Loved hunting with that rifle. Now days I mostly hunt small game with a .32 muzzleloader.


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I use a single shotThompson Center Encore handgun with a 10" .410 barrel. I hunt cottontail with beagles and squirrels with my Black Mouth Cur with it.

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I switch between several bolt, semi auto and lever action .22's and .22 mags. depending on what, where and how I'll be hunting. I like them all and can't really say I have a favorite.

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My favorite small game rifle is my Marlin 1894 CL in 25-20 WCF. The bullet is bigger and heavier than a 22 so it really knocks those squirrels over well. Velocity is moderate so you don't get any meat damage. It has a fixed power Weaver K2.5.
My heavy barreled CZ 452 in 22 LR is my other favorite. It's incredibly accurate.

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My bolt action is a Ruger 77/22 LR. The barrel is smooth, no open sights. It loves Remington Vipers &/or Yellow Jackets. With those rounds it will shoot very flat out to 85 yards.

The single shot is a Stevens Favorite, circa 1917. This gun literally looks fresh out of the box. It is a joy to behold for its age.


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First would be my Remington 581 bolt followed by my Henry H001.

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Originally Posted by MOGC
My absolute favorite is my old Marlin M39A. It has a Williams aperture sight and small flat faced gold bead front. It's slim, light, accurate and handles perfectly.


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Originally Posted by Robster
I use a single shotThompson Center Encore handgun with a 10" .410 barrel. I hunt cottontail with beagles and squirrels with my Black Mouth Cur with it.

Hunted swamp rabbits with beagles as a kid. This was my rabbit rig. My grip was more comfortable than the TC grip.

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I like this one for genl use. The pistol goes in my deer hunting pack for coons and squirrels. Same can fits both.

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When the shooting is hot and heavy (well populated gopher patch) I will go to my 10/22 with open sights. Extended range I like my savages, 17 HMR AND 22 mag.

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Favorite bolt gun, Cooper with Kahles 2-7 rimfire scope.

Hard to beat for quality and performance.

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Originally Posted by MOGC
My absolute favorite is my old Marlin M39A. It has a Williams aperture sight and small flat faced gold bead front. It's slim, light, accurate and handles perfectly.



Agree completely. Perfection.


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Originally Posted by Crockettnj
Originally Posted by MOGC
My absolute favorite is my old Marlin M39A. It has a Williams aperture sight and small flat faced gold bead front. It's slim, light, accurate and handles perfectly.



Agree completely. Perfection.

My favorite lever gun. This one with a VX-2 3-9x40 with CDS set up for 38 gr. Federal Game Shok, 50 yd zero. This gun has a trigger stop and near match grade trigger. Fajan stock and my attempt at checkering as a youngster. Rosewood grip cap.

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And, then there's my 29" barreled .22LR CZ 2500 with Leupold Compact 3-9x33 A/O EFR with Timney trigger.

Long barrel is really quiet without can. Not as accurate as the Cooper, but close.

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My favorites
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The small game has been about everything from barn flies on the barn door to whitetail buck. Along with other game has been grasshoppers in the field, frogs, starlings, pigeons, partridges, squirrels, chipmunks, snowshoe rabbits, fox, tame rabbits, raccoons, fisher, cats, cows (beefers), bats, woodchucks, bees (in the nest), chickens, snakes, weasel, crows, chicken hawke, owl, barn swallows, trout, muskrats, beaver, a goat. Probably other species that I don't remember. My parents were not aware of everything this farm boy shot. For about two years I was shooting about a brick per month. Most of the above were before I turned 16.


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Usually a .22 bolt gun but next squirrel season I'd like to get my Henry H001 .22 lever gun out. Been having a lot of fun with it and it hasn't been hunting yet.

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i have a Ruger 77-22 S.S. with that weird black plastic stock,that makes it look like a toy rifle. but i like to use this rifle it doesn`t rust easy and i have 3 rotary 10-shot clips for it so it loads and unloads very easy.the other reason is i don`t want to wreck my Marlin 39A`s those are just used with tender lovin care.

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My Marlin Mountie is hands down my favorite.


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Originally Posted by Mackay_Sagebrush
My Marlin Mountie is hands down my favorite.


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Damn Mackay. Is that a booner jack? Sucker is huge

My favorite shown first with vermin and in its latest form.

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Not much here on the Winchester 9422. I have never owned or even handled a Marlin 39.

How do the two compare?


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9422 much smoother, and less trouble... I have shot 39's all my life, still have two.. They are great, the 94 is awesome..


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rimfire for small game its my 77/22. shotgun would be my 870LW 20 gauge.


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I’ve been craving a savage 24 in .22/410


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CZ 452 22LR with a 3x9 Weaver rimfire. Or a Browning Auto5 12 gauge.

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The 9422 is a great rifle,I still got tears over selling mine years ago.

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I just am finishing up my small game 10/22 project. It’s a 10/22 sporter deluxe with the 22” stainless barrel, BX trigger group, and a Leupold 4X rimfire scope. I’ll post some pics when I get it finished up.


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Rifles are usually a 10/22 or 77/22 both with Leupold scopes. Shotguns are whatever i drag out that day Winchester model 12s in 12 or 16 or older Wingmaster 870s in 20, 16 or 12

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I dunno. Usually the one closest to the front of the locker? Bolt, SS, lever, semi auto.....


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I've shown this one before, but my favorite woods walking, small game gun is a family heirloom. Marlin '94 25-20 shooting cast 89 gr plain based NOE 260283 at just under 1300 fps using 9.2 gr 4198. Williams 5D rear, fiber optic front sights aid these old eyes in hitting what I'm aiming at.
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squirrels are a bit harder to hit so I usually end up with the Rem 582 I bought as a teenager 42 years ago. It still carries a Herters 4x rimfire scope, 1" dia. and still outshoots me.

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Originally Posted by JLimbo


Damn Mackay. Is that a booner jack? Sucker is huge

My favorite shown first with vermin and in its latest form.

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And now.

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These are with a 5" .44 Magnum:

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I hear they taste terrible, is this true?

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Originally Posted by Ole_270
I've shown this one before, but my favorite woods walking, small game gun is a family heirloom. Marlin '94 25-20 shooting cast 89 gr plain based NOE 260283 at just under 1300 fps using 9.2 gr 4198. Williams 5D rear, fiber optic front sights aid these old eyes in hitting what I'm aiming at.
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squirrels are a bit harder to hit so I usually end up with the Rem 582 I bought as a teenager 42 years ago. It still carries a Herters 4x rimfire scope, 1" dia. and still outshoots me.


Great rifle! Super cool picture!!


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For tree squirrels, the 17HM2 in a bolt gun from Anschutz, Marlin, Remington, or Savage.

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Marlin 39A lever gun for me...

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This is a current .22 that I'm using this squirrel season. It's a Ruger American Rimfire, with a Nikon P3 EFR on board.


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Somewhere in the middle of all those guns I have a daily favorite. They are not sighted in for MOA but for MOR (Minute Of Rabbit)...

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Re: Your favorite gun for small game? [Re: Mackay_Sagebrush] #14076141 08/25/19
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Damn Mackay. Is that a booner jack? Sucker is huge

My favorite shown first with vermin and in its latest form.

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And now.

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The northern part of the Sagebrush Sea grows 'em Big!

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These are with a 5" .44 Magnum:

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Yoy hunted Rabbits with .44 mag. How was that like ?

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? [Re: Reloder28] #14086744 08/29/19
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cz 452 22lr for squirrels or a 10/22. 20ga wingmaster for rabbits. our squirrel season has been open for a month. i think i'd rather hunt squirrels with a 22 more than anything except elk. been retired for a long time, so i squirrel hunt most mornings for 2-3 hours, until it starts to heat up.

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? [Re: Reloder28] #14092141 09/01/19
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Re: Your favorite gun for small game? [Re: Reloder28] #14092176 09/01/19
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My Annie's and S&W K22's and S&W Mod. 41's.

Win 9422 and 9422M for "walk about" guns.

The Marlin 39A & M gets shot a lot also.

Of course, the S&W Mod 63 is always with me.


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Re: Your favorite gun for small game? [Re: Gibby] #14100783 09/04/19
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Kimber Hunter 22 is my favorite. Squirrel season starting in a few days here in Alabama.

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? [Re: Tom_in_AZ] #14100825 09/04/19
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Originally Posted by Tom_in_AZ
I’ve been craving a savage 24 in .22/410

Same here. It is the gun I learned to hunt with as a child. My father gave it to my brother, and the Browning A5 came to me.
The savage 24 or my Glenfield model 60 .22lr would be my small game choice.

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Re: Your favorite gun for small game? [Re: kellory] #14120126 09/12/19
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Originally Posted by kellory
.........or my Glenfield model 60 .22lr would be my small game choice.


Had two or three of those myself. It was kind of like a rite of passage in my neck of the woods. The only gun stores were Sears & Western Auto.


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Re: Your favorite gun for small game? [Re: Reloder28] #14120143 09/12/19
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Originally Posted by Reloder28
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.........or my Glenfield model 60 .22lr would be my small game choice.


Had two or three of those myself. It was kind of like a rite of passage in my neck of the woods. The only gun stores were Sears & Western Auto.

Very popular guns, they made more than 12 million of them. Mine is the higher capacity version. I still have the original Glenfield scope, but replaced it due to no longer being able to see much through it, except in bright light.


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Re: Your favorite gun for small game? [Re: Reloder28] #14120170 09/12/19
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been really enjoying my win 320. 2-7 leupold rimfire on it. More accurate than my cz 455. Get compliments on it every time I take it out.

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? [Re: Reloder28] #14139408 09/20/19
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I haven't used it for hunting yet, but I did just get a blow dart gun that I want to try out this fall


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Re: Your favorite gun for small game? [Re: killerv] #14141035 09/20/19
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Originally Posted by killerv
been really enjoying my win 320. 2-7 leupold rimfire on it. More accurate than my cz 455. Get compliments on it every time I take it out.


That was a sleeper that few people even knew about. Great rifle.

My favorite is my new model T Bolt in .22 LR

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? [Re: Reloder28] #14153789 09/25/19
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Part of the beauty of small game hunting is the ability to do it with pretty much whatever you have handy. Rimfire, shottie, air rifle, CF, rock lock, whatever. The seasons are so long, you can use them all in turn. :-)

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? [Re: Reloder28] #14154486 09/25/19
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I really like my 22s.
I have several. Some with scopes and some without.
I like the iron sights under clear skies but when it's cloudy I use one with a scope.

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? [Re: Reloder28] #14164806 09/29/19
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A Westley-Richards Martini in originally .310. Now my own "wildkitten cartridge" best described as an 8mm/.32-20. 125 gr wheelweight semi flatpoint mold with 3.5 gr of Red Dot or Bullseye for 970 fps. Home built California sights with a 150 yd folding leaf. This Cadet, I have reason to believe, by external pitting was stored on the floor of the English Channel for many years before it found it's way to me. But, the bore is more than acceptable, possibly because of the beeswax lube used back in the day. Pressed back into service during the great rimfire panic a few years ago, I found it far exceeding the .22 in performance past 100 yard mark, generally stopping any jackrabbit charge, and once or twice saving my life when charged by a tender young
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Re: Your favorite gun for small game? [Re: Reloder28] #14165874 09/30/19
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Re: Your favorite gun for small game? [Re: Reloder28] #14170742 10/02/19
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Having 18 rimfires to choose from they all get taken for a walk every squirrel season. Favorite is whatever floats my boat that day.

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220 Swift still king.
Re: Your favorite gun for small game? [Re: Reloder28] #14172152 10/02/19
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Swift, are there that many squirrels in Pa..??? Last I hunted there may 4 years ago, never saw one..


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Re: Your favorite gun for small game? [Re: WyoCoyoteHunter] #14173938 10/03/19
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Originally Posted by WyoCoyoteHunter
Swift, are there that many squirrels in Pa..??? Last I hunted there may 4 years ago, never saw one..


Where I go there are !

Swift


220 Swift still king.
Re: Your favorite gun for small game? [Re: Reloder28] #14190962 10/09/19
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22 Lr and 22 WMR, looking to add a nice wood and blued browning T bolt to my collection soon.
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Re: Your favorite gun for small game? [Re: Reloder28] #14253890 11/04/19
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For squirrels, I like my little CZ Bobwhite in .410...

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...or my Marlin 39 shooting Remington Subsonics.

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Love the M39 pic... nice job on that.


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Re: Your favorite gun for small game? [Re: Reloder28] #14258917 11/06/19
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I use this Ruger 77/17 M2 around the house & fields.....Lilja barrel

The 17 M2 cartridge is just plain amazing....fast...quiet and deadly

All this talk of Marlin 39's....that would be my second choice........

Here's one of mine in pic 2

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