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Hunting the rabbits with .22lr ?

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by Nestor, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    Anyone can share some experience?
    I'm thinking about getting the license and start hunting the rabbits.
    There are tons of those bunnies all over the place and because of this I just can't force myself to pay for the chicken meat anymore :rofl:
    The most popular around is jackrabbit (European Hare in fact - up to 7,5 pounds I think) and Snowshoe Hare - a smaller fellow.
    I'm kind tore between .22 lr (price-wise) and .17 HMR (performance-wise).
    The possible problem here is the wind since I'm on the prairies.
    I'm looking at 100 years max I guess.
    What would You say?
    Thanks.
     
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    Nestor,

    I have hunted rabbits since I was about eight. I would guess I have killed at least 1000 cottontails and jackrabbits. Almost all of those were taken with 22lr rifles or pistols. 22lr is also much cheaper than 17. I have never eaten a jack, but I would guess they would be much tougher and possibly stringy. Cottontail is good, taste like chicken!:supergrin:
     
  4. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    I'm planning to hunt some younger ones, but the ones that You mentioned about are easier target for sure :rofl:
     
  5. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    Thanks.
    I have some research to do I guess.
    I like the .22 lr idea better to be perfectly honest.
    Much, much cheaper.
     
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    12 gauge plus a beagle. :D
     
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    At 100 yds max I'd go with a .22 for sure. The .17 just doesn't impress me for what it costs.

    ETA: I've made plenty of 100yd shots with a .22, but never on a prairie. What wind speeds would you be encountering on a regular basis?
     
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    Be WAWY WAWY quiet---WEW huntin WABBIT:wavey:
    I use a 22 pistol with a red dot-I'm also in desert prairie--WINDY
    If I don't dress like a pimp I can usually get within 100 feet
     
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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
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    The 17hmr is the elite sniper round of small game hunters, especially in the dead of winter where shots will tend to be farther. A squirrel hunters dream, hit them right in the eye at 100 yards.
     
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    I've been using .22lr and .22 Win Mag for 30 years.
    Why change now?
     
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    Just use rubber gloves when you dress them and look for spots on the liver. If there are spots, either cook them real good or throw them out.

    I can't spell the disease, but it's something like Tulerama(Sp). After a hard freeze the chance of that disease goes way down as the sick ones die. Also if they're running they're probably not sick.

    But a 22 is all you need for rabbits. A shotgun just shoots up good meat.

    Sight the scope sighted 22 rifle in very carefully at 50 yards, and it will be about 1 inch high at 25 yards and 1 inch under at 75 yards.

    ETA Just did a quick search on Tulerama and didn't come up with much. Did find this:

    http://lists.herald.co.uk/pipermail/lois-bujold/2002-July/021497.html

    Also this:

    http://homepage.mac.com/mattocks/morfz/myxo.html

    Read about 7/8 of the way down the page. Don't know if it's the same thing or not. Any vets out there?
     
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    Get yourself a hunting license and buy yourself a good quality .22 LR revolver or pistol. You'll have a ball. Personally I use a S&W M-18 which I consider just about ideal for small game hunting. But any decent .22 LR handgun will get the job done. You don't have to be able to hit a dime at 50 yds., but you need to be able to hit the head of a rabbit at say 25 yds. You'll get some shots that will be much closer. On the longer shots, you'll probably want to aim for the heart/lungs. Some of the best times I've ever had were spent rabbit hunting with men from the church. My grand-mother-in-law could really knew how to cook rabbit. It was excellent! If you anticipate a lot of longer range shooting, get yourself a good quality .22 LR rifle. A Ruger 10-22 offers excellent accuracy, a adequate magazine capacity and is light enough to carry all way without fatigue. JMHO. Sincerely. Brucev.
     
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    y not go all out and use a 10 milli? :whistling:
     
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    Would a pellet gun kill a rabbit? I have some in my yard that need corrected.
     
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    I know they do the job on squirrels, but placement is key, as always. Shoot them in the head, and they'll go down easily.
     
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    Depends-I'd want at least a 1000fps model in 177-almost any 20 or 22 work great
    My old GAMO 177 did well with heavy pellets like Beeman silver jets-light pellets are just being mean:whistling:
    And my .20 Sheridan was MURDER on them
     
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    My favorite cotton tail (I won't eat jack rabbit) gun is my Marlin 39A. Lots of ammo and super accurate. For plinking I'll use just about any .22 ammo I can find, but for hunting I prefer CCI Stingers. Does a number on the brain bucket!

    HR
     
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    Oh yea-Rabbit meat makes GREAT taco's-swiss cheese/chopped spinach And cilantro with diced cucumber and habenaros----YUUUUUUUMMMMMMY:whistling:
     
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    One of my dogs, Patches, use to love chasing rabbits. He never could catch one but he kept trying.

    One year I took him in the woods to let him have some fun. I had a short double barrel 12 ga shotgun.
    Patches chased a couple rabbits but they got away. I could see them off to the side watching him.
    Finally he ran one across an opening but wasn't gaining on the rabbit. I shot the rabbit and before it stopped cartwheeling Patches grabbed it. If a dog knows pride, Patches was showing it.

    We walked over to a big tree where I was going to leave the rabbit, while we went for some more.
    I took the rabbit from Patches and laid it in the ground, then told Patches, "Let's go".
    The expression on that dog's face was priceless. I could see him saying, "Are you out of your mind? Do you know how long it took me to catch this rabbit?? Hell No I'm not leaving it here". :supergrin:


    I think I'd use a 22 rifle but I think a pistol would be more fun.