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Favorite small game/squirrel&rabbit gun??

Discussion in 'Rimfire Forum' started by jtp0828, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. jtp0828

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    Ok everyone, what is your personal favorite small game getting gun? My current ruger 10/22 is a trigger worked, with a leupold mk4 4.5-14 lr/t and larue spr 1.5 mount. Knocks em dead at 75+. My up close are a few pistols. Ruger mkiii hunter, buckmark, and mkii with a NIKON scope 1-7. The mk iii lite was sold...couldn't handle that light of a gun. What does everyone else use?

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    tricked-out 10/22
    bullbarrel Ruger Mark I
     
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    Ruger 10/22 receiver, Volquartsen bolt and CF barrel chambered in .17HM2, trigger reworked by me, all sitting in a Hogue nylon stock.

    It really is the best small game rifle I have ever owned.

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    The 17hm2 is a round I have thought quite a bit about. Love the rifle! Was curious as to the damage they do to small game though...I like that the .22 lr really keeps damage to a minimum. Quite the nice setup though what magnification Do you run?
     
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    Savage 93r17fv.

    Damage is pretty massive for a rimfire, but if I want to eat it I just shoot them in the head.

    posted from my stupid smart phone, please excuse any spelling mistakes.
     
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    An Early 1900's Savage "NRA Match" rifle. someone took the irons off of it and mounted and old single post scope, damaging the collectors value, but the scope and mount are antiques in their own right. I only use "standard" velocity ammo. The first time I fired it, there was a one hole group at 25 yds. just above the POA without any adjustment. It's a 50 yd zero. never messed with it a bit.


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    The little Mach 2 round isn't as explosive as the bigger HMR, but does do a bit more damage than the .22LR.

    It has a much flatter trajectory though so head shots at longer ranges are easier.

    I run a 3x-9x on this rifle.
     
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    That's a really nice gun. I love how this has a whole length stock. Would feel real bad luggin that into the woods and getting a nice big ding while tracking. Still a one shot group with slight over shot is always nice. Man savage made em purrdyy back in the day.

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    See this is the info I wish I had when starting hunting. Great thread! My 22 lr for some reason has stuck. Had a 17hmr and couldn't get over the dollar cost! :eek::eek::eek:

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    I've hunted w/ a Savage 22mag for 20 years and its still my favorite. Personal best is a head shot on a fox squirrel at 120 yards (laser rangefinder verified).
     
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    For squirrels, which is about all I hunt at all these days, this Ruger 77/22 made in 1984, the first year of production. The scope is a Simmons 2x7 from the same time period. AFAIK it is stock out of the box other than the scope and a sling. This is to me, what a rifle should look like.

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    I haven't hunted rabbits or quail (more likely doves these days) in years. Back when I did it was with a single-shot, Ithaca M-66 in 20 ga. Today, this Mossberg 500 in 20 would work just fine.

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    It would do the job on squirrels too, but it's to much noise.
     
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    +1 for the m77/22 that gun is so accurate! I have looked every where for one, real nice guns. However never had any luck with shotguns and rabbits.
     
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    Sheridan pellet gun ... just cleaned out my friends attic (squirrels) this past week (five so far). :supergrin:
     
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    marlin model 60 w/3x9 scope and a westernfield poly choke bolt action 20ga.
     
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    Isn't 20 gauge a bit much for squirrel?
     
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    Right now its my High Standard Double-Nine, shooting Super Colibri's - deadly out my back window at 30 ft.

    Nailed one yesterday, but had to drag him out from under my shed this a.m. The ones that live awhile, all head under there.


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    I bought this Browning BL-22 in 1979 with money I'd earned mowing yards and there is no telling how many hundreds of squirrels & rabbits I've taken with it. Later I added a 4X Bushnell scope and it's my favorite .22LR tack driver.

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    I bought this cheap West German made SAA clone in .22LR not too long after I bought the BL-22. It was my only hunting sidearm for 15 years or so and I've taken a number of game critters and varmits with it. I've shot it so much that most of the finish around the grip frame is gone but it still shoots straight.

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