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Squirrel hunter accuracy Q

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by romperstomper, Oct 31, 2006.

  1. romperstomper

    romperstomper Totentance

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    I'm looking for absolute honesty.

    How often do you flat out miss?

    How often do you take a quick follow up?

    How often do you pass up poor shots?

    Do you shoot from a supported or unsupported position?
     
  2. I'm looking for absolute honesty.

    How often do you flat out miss?

    shotgun a few times, 22LR pistol alot of times, 22LR rifle a few times, bow ..ALOT of times i miss them;)

    Nothing 100%, distance,fatigue, angle of the squirrels determinings if you hit it or mis it.


    How often do you take a quick follow up?

    shotgun alot of times you have a followup or a 2-3 combo to get up to 3 or more squirrels. Rifle & Pistols and bow the chance of a followup on a mis is much slimmer. I hardly take it but on a few ocassion where you mis a tree-rat it will run out and/or poke it's head at you and give you a second try.

    How often do you pass up poor shots?

    That most if not all of the time down here. That also includes shots where the squirrel could fall into a clump of palmetto and would be next to impossible to locate.


    Do you shoot from a supported or unsupported position?

    shotgun most of the time non-supported, pistol I try to lean into a tree trunk , rifle depends on distance, angle of squirrel if it's moving or standing or sitting or if I feel like I need the support. If you have the support than by all means use it.
     


  3. Well I haven't taken a shot at a squirrel since last year. I don't do a lot of squirell hunting, usually just bring a squirrel gun along when setting up deer stands.

    When I'm squirrel hunting I usually bring my boys along now.

    For me.

    1. With my .17 HMR on a squirrel sitting still, Rarely do I miss.

    2. I generally don't need a 2nd shot.

    3. Quite often, probably why I don't miss often or need a 2nd shot.

    4. I use supported whenever possible.

    Now when my boys shoot the squirrels.

    1. About 50/50 on hits and misses.

    2. With the semi auto .22 they sometimes get a quick follow up, but usually not.

    3. They get excited shooting squirells, but usually don't get a shot off unless the squirrel is sitting nicely on a branch or hanging still on the trunk.

    4. They use a rest or shoot sitting supported whenever possible.
     
  4. king catfish

    king catfish squirrelwhacker

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    1. I miss approximately 1 out of 4-5 shots. I used to miss more often, but I am more careful now about the shots I take.

    2. About half of the times I miss, the squirrel moves a short distance after a miss, and I take a followup. I shoot a bolt-action .22 WMR, so my shots are long, and often the squirrel does not know where I am.

    3. At least every other squirrel I see presents a shot I decide not to take.

    4. Usually supported, about 75%. I make an effort to take a supported position (shooting sticks or nearby tree)whenever I can.
     
  5. Big B

    Big B NRA Member

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    "That most if not all of the time down here. That also includes shots where the squirrel could fall into a clump of palmetto and would be next to impossible to locate."

    Man I hate that. I did that a couple of times before I learned to not take that shot. The problem with my best squirrel hunting area is that most of it is thick palmettos.
     
  6. {Man I hate that. I did that a couple of times before I learned to not take that shot. The problem with my best squirrel hunting area is that most of it is thick palmettos}

    Noway hates palmettos ;) I think god created palmettos for florida just to piss of hunters.


    If I could write an story for every animal/bird lost to palmettos, this website would be full. I would take thick cactus, chapman oaks, vines, ferns,water,mu,bulrushs, swamp full of mocassins and and some other "fear factors" before a big bed of palmettos.

    Palmettos was one of the main reason I gave up hunting quail for the most part.
     
  7. mossy500camo

    mossy500camo ammo found

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    Miss? a few times.

    Follow Ups? a few times. You know when the darn things just keep hanging there in the tree. Have to get them down some way. ;)

    Pass on poor shots? always.

    I shoot both supported and unsupported.

    My guns of choice is the Marlin 60 semi auto and 25MN bolt action 22lr.
     
  8. I miss about every third or forth shot [thats an average between freehand (probably miss 1 out of 3) and supported (maybe 1 of 6)]

    That depends on the critter. If he gives me a follow up, I usually take it, but it depends on the situation. Its safe to say, if I shot at it the first time, and have the ability to take a second, then its gonna happen.

    Where I hunt, theres not as much issues as listed by others. there are Palmettos, but not enough to really dampen the shooting. The biggest reason I would pass on a shot would be if he is silloetting and a miss meant a bullet traveling in an unsafe direction. Where I am now, its not such an issue, but I am always cognizant of it.

    Again, I usually shoot from a sitting position, and then I usually am parked near an oak, so I have most of my shots well under 40 yards. I shoot for the eye "every time" and if I miss, its usually still a kill shot, just not the eye. My 25mn is spot on accurate, so its rare that I do miss outright when supported. Now freehand is another story. In all honesty I am too tall for my gun, so freehand misses are more but its still a blast to shoot, and I love shooting the rats.
    (Edited to add correct distance of 40 yards, not 4 as I had typed)
     
  9. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

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    I use a .410 shotgun:supergrin:

    Well sometimes atleast.

    Most of the time I limit my shot to still sitting squirrel inside of 40yds.

    I have a savage bolt .22LR with a 4x scope. I try for head shots and get em sometimes. Often the squirrel will freeze and offer up 2nd shot if I am quiet working the bolt.

    I have taken a squirrel at around 100yds with a body shot, but it was not a shot that I would take often. It just so happend that I had a reference that gave me an exact known distance. I lobbed that shot right into his little head and was quite pleased with myself.

    I do usually go for a head shot. I have lost squirrels with body shots before. Makes you think twice about carrying a .22 for SD huh?

    When my grandfather began losing his eyesight he carried two guns. A .22 for the first shot and a .410 for a follow up shot.