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Old August 6th, 2012, 05:52 PM   #1
 
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Best Squirrel gun you've ever used

For my wedding my brother got me a shotgun. He's just getting into hunting and I want to get him a squirrel gun with a scope. I love my Ruger 10/22 for squirrels. I'm open to hear other ideas of great guns though. Only requirement is .22LR. Also, I will be buying a new gun since the one he bought me was new and you can get 22s very reasonably priced. Let's hear your squirrel scopes and guns.



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Old August 6th, 2012, 06:40 PM   #2
 
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Henry Lever-Action. Slick action, accurate, and cowboy feeling rate a 10/10 for me. I love mine!
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I love the Ruger 10/22 for squirrel hunting too. The compact length means that it handles very well in the woods. I have shot it in over 100 degree temperatures and at -20 degrees in the winter. It has never let me down. You can't go wrong with a 10/22.

I shot it for years with an ancient Weaver V22 that I bought for $10 in 1984 and it was always right on. I replaced the old scope with a Tasco Golden Antler 3X9 AO scope. It's just about the right size for the 10/22 and doesn't compromise the handling like some of the huge scopes available today. It focuses down to 10 yards. Modestly priced too.
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Henry Lever-Action. Slick action, accurate, and cowboy feeling rate a 10/10 for me. I love mine!
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I love the Ruger 10/22 for squirrel hunting too. The compact length means that it handles very well in the woods. I have shot it in over 100 degree temperatures and at -20 degrees in the winter. It has never let me down. You can't go wrong with a 10/22.

I shot it for years with an ancient Weaver V22 that I bought for $10 in 1984 and it was always right on. I replaced the old scope with a Tasco Golden Antler 3X9 AO scope. It's just about the right size for the 10/22 and doesn't compromise the handling like some of the huge scopes available today. It focuses down to 10 yards. Modestly priced too.
The only reason I didn't say the 10/22 (I have one as well and love it) is because some people have trouble keeping the scope base stable. The Henry is machined to receive scope rings right on the receiver. The Henry is priced at about double the Ruger though. Just go with a well recognized company and it's hard for any dedicated company to mess up a .22.
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I think a 10/22 with a Nikon 4x32 would be best semi auto 22. If he likes bolt action better Marlin or Savage.If a Lever action Henry is the way to go.

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FWIW, it holds two more in the tube than a factory 10/22 mag. You can get High Capacity magazines for the 10/22 but stick with the BX-25's if you're going to do so. Some .22's you can't get high cap mags for. My buddy has a Savage 64 and he's stuck with just the ten rounders.
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Old August 6th, 2012, 07:41 PM   #9
 
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Marlin 60 or 795.
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My all time favorite was a Marlin 39A - no finer squirrel gun ever made in this gal's opinion, though I've also enjoyed using a Winchester 69, a 10/22, an old Mossberg bolt action 22, Marlin 881, Marlin 56 and ... too many rifles to list. Now, if you want to talk pistols, well, Ruger Single Sixes, Marks of various vintages, Contenders and more. My brothers and I grew up with squirrel hunting.
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I have a Rem 541 I bought in the mid 80's that I really like and I also like my Marlin 39a for when I feel like using iron sights, however I have some 10/22's that would become my favorite if I didn't live in PA. Though PA is a very gun friendly state, we still have laws not allowing semi rifles for hunting. I can use a semi shotgun but not a rifle, it makes no sense. My new TD 10/22 has to stay home in squrriel season as my KIDD build does also
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Well my favorite squirrel rifle isnt made any more a single shot remington 514 then my winchester 9422, my brother uses a ruger 10/22. But if i was gonna be buying a 22 rifle that wasnt a ruger it would be a CZ 455 american
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+1 on the Marlin 60
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CZ-452 American, if you can still find one.

If money is an issue, Marlin 795SS. It's usually more accurate than a 10-22 and looks nicer. I prefer box mags to tubular ones,and I want the stainless parts. A very handy little rifle. I added a sling; no 'scope yet.

Best that I've used? Weatherby MK XXII back in the 1970's. Wish I still had it. It had the Weatherby 'scope, too. Hasn't been made in decades.
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Marlini 39A. Best squirrel rifle ever invented.
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