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Your favorite gun for small game?

Posted By: Reloder28

Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/21/19

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
Posted By: Texczech

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/21/19

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.
Posted By: auk1124

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/21/19

Rimfire: Browning BL22 lever
Shotgun: Mossberg 500 pump
Posted By: MOGC

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/22/19

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.
Posted By: Reloder28

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/22/19

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?
Posted By: MOGC

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/22/19

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.
Posted By: RememberBaker

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/22/19

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.
Posted By: Hubert

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/23/19

savage 17 mach2
Posted By: Robster

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/23/19

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.
Posted By: Blackheart

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/25/19

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.
Posted By: IMR4350

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/25/19

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.
Posted By: Reloder28

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/25/19

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.
Posted By: shawlerbrook

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/25/19

First would be my Remington 581 bolt followed by my Henry H001.
Posted By: 44mc

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/25/19

ruger 22/45 mod 3 with a bushnell red dot 50 yard head shots on tree rats
Posted By: JimHnSTL

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/25/19

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.


+1
Posted By: Dirtfarmer

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/26/19

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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Posted By: Dirtfarmer

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/26/19

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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Posted By: viking

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/26/19

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.
Posted By: SCGunNut

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/26/19

CZ .17 HM2
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CZ .22 Mag
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10/22 (duh!)
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Browning .22 Short
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.22LR/.410
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.22 Mag/20ga
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Posted By: Prwlr

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/27/19

Kimber Hunter 22LR
Posted By: Whelenman

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/27/19

My auto loader kodiak 22 mag.
Posted By: Dirtfarmer

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/27/19

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

Hard to beat for quality and performance.

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Posted By: Crockettnj

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/27/19

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.
Posted By: Dirtfarmer

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/27/19

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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Posted By: Dirtfarmer

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/27/19

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.

Ugly wood. Looks better painted.

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Posted By: jeeper

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/27/19


My favorites
1. 16 gauge Ithaca 37 deluxe ribbed with barrel threaded for choke tubes.
2. Old Win 69A with Lupy 1.5x5
3. Cz 452 American with Lupy 3x9
Posted By: Rug3

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/28/19

22LR in a Mossberg 151M - B
1953 birthday gift from Mom and Dad.
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.
Posted By: 22250rem

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/29/19

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.
Posted By: pete53

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/29/19

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.
Posted By: Mackay_Sagebrush

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/29/19

My Marlin Mountie is hands down my favorite.


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Posted By: gunner500

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/31/19

AWC suppressed 10/22.
Posted By: JLimbo

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/31/19

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

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Posted By: Reloder28

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 05/31/19

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

How do the two compare?
Posted By: WyoCoyoteHunter

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 06/01/19

9422 much smoother, and less trouble... I have shot 39's all my life, still have two.. They are great, the 94 is awesome..
Posted By: rem141r

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 06/02/19

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

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 06/09/19

I’ve been craving a savage 24 in .22/410
Posted By: Hogwild7

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 06/10/19

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

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 06/11/19

The 9422 is a great rifle,I still got tears over selling mine years ago.
Posted By: Spartan24

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 06/11/19

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.
Posted By: wilkeshunter

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 06/17/19

1. H&R single shot 20 ga.
2. Old Savage single shot .22 (crazy accurate)
3. Henry .22 carbine
Posted By: TNrifleman

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 06/22/19

Kimber .22LR Hunter with a Burris 3x9x40 rimfire scope. Classy and accurate.
Posted By: Troutnut

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 06/23/19

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
Posted By: rem141r

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 06/28/19

rifle is 77/22. shotgun is 870LW 20 gauge
Posted By: Dantheman

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 06/29/19

Winchester 1300 Walnut in 20 gauge.


Dan
Posted By: DigitalDan

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 07/07/19

I dunno. Usually the one closest to the front of the locker? Bolt, SS, lever, semi auto.....
Posted By: Ole_270

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 07/09/19

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.
Posted By: rimfire

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 07/09/19

Win.62 pump marbles tang sight for small game. Browning 53 in 32-20 for Woodchuck to Turkey.
Posted By: Mackay_Sagebrush

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 07/11/19

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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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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Posted By: Robster

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 07/12/19

I hear they taste terrible, is this true?

Any cooking method that makes them taste better?
Posted By: xverminator

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 07/16/19

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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Posted By: 260Remguy

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 07/20/19

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

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 07/27/19

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Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 07/27/19

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Posted By: T_Inman

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 08/15/19

Marlin 39A lever gun for me...

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Though I do have a few small bore bolt centerfires I am fond of.
Posted By: gamma4diesel

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 08/19/19

Sorry fellers, but i guess i'm going to have to be THAT guy...
I prefer my 12 gauge
Posted By: maddog

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 08/21/19

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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Posted By: shrapnel

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 08/21/19



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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Posted By: Campsterpoor

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 08/25/19

Originally Posted by Mackay_Sagebrush
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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 ?
Posted By: hotsoup

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 08/29/19

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.
Posted By: TradHunter89

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 09/01/19

Rifle: Marlin bolt action .22Mag
Shotgun: Stevens side by side 16ga
Posted By: Gibby

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 09/01/19

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.
Posted By: Phillip_Nesmith

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 09/04/19

Kimber Hunter 22 is my favorite. Squirrel season starting in a few days here in Alabama.
Posted By: kellory

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 09/05/19

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.

https://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbt...14100861/glenfield-model-60#Post14100861
Posted By: Reloder28

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 09/12/19

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.
Posted By: kellory

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 09/12/19

Originally Posted by Reloder28
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.

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.
Posted By: killerv

Re: Your favorite gun for small game? - 09/12/19

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.
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