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Shotgun vs airgun for squirrel hunting


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#1 snubbynose

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Posted March 25 2018 - 06:17 PM

Looking to go squirrel hunting I hear multiple opinions on what's better to use a shotgun or airgun. I do intend on eating them and I hear shooting them with a shotgun is not recommended for that I also hear using a 22 air rifle is not enough. Opinions?

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#2 TheKnot

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Posted March 25 2018 - 08:33 PM

This was easy work for my .17 cal benji , very little damage to the meat and head shots are doable out to 50 yards with this gun 

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Posted March 25 2018 - 09:36 PM

I have many one shot kills with a .177 Beeman out to 25 yards or so.  Believe its only rated at about 800 fps.   Head shots or don't shoot.



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Posted March 26 2018 - 01:52 AM

 Try .25 caliber pellet with spring loaded air rifle.. My RWS .25 i scored for $20 at garage sale 2 years ago and then i found out it was one of them best german rifle that are suitable for small-medium game, I’ve tried it on Squirrels and Wild rabbits without any problem 



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Posted March 26 2018 - 06:31 AM

I have a .20 Cal Benjamin that was accurate and deadly on squirrel. I have shot squirrel at 50 yards away. Upstate you can use .22 LR to hunt squirrel in September. When hunting, you must have proper shot placement for a quick ethical harvest.

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Posted March 27 2018 - 04:39 PM

.410 if your going to with a shotty.

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Posted March 28 2018 - 12:59 PM

It all depends on you I've hunted tree rats with shotguns, 22s, and a airgun. I enjoy all airgun is hard cause your taken head shots. 



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Posted March 29 2018 - 05:45 AM

Pellet rifle is so much less hassle, and much quieter.


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#9 Mak44

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Posted March 29 2018 - 07:02 AM

For squirrel hunting, I would go with a pellet rifle. Less damage meat. 

 

Check the hunting reg's..  I believe gray & blk squirrel hunting season ended in Feb.

Assume you have a hunting license (small game).

 

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#10 LarryD23

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Posted March 29 2018 - 11:10 AM

Nothing worse than finding that second piece of shot when eating dinner. I would avoid the shotgun and give the squirrel a sportng chance.



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Posted April 02 2018 - 09:55 PM

Nothing worse than finding that second piece of shot when eating dinner. I would avoid the shotgun and give the squirrel a sportng chance.

I hit a Tree Rat once with a 12ga all I found was the head and front legs and the tail and rear legs blow the whole middle out.



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Posted April 03 2018 - 05:57 AM

I hit a Tree Rat once with a 12ga all I found was the head and front legs and the tail and rear legs blow the whole middle out.

The shotgun using an extra full choke is a better option. Shooting squirrel out of tall hemlock trees upstate is fun. When using a .22 make sure for a good back stop. Using CCI Mini Mags will travel a long distance. You can hear the difference when you hit the squirrel and the bullet hits a tree and when you hit the squirrel and here the echo of the round.




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