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Reading the cook squirrel thread  got me thinking squirrel . What is every ones  favorite squirrel gun . I use my   Marlln 99M1 carbine  that I have had since 1975 . Got it for a Christmas .

 

Its the top one . I put a better scope on it since this photo was taken .

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The first gun I ever killed a squirrel with, my Papa Jake's Remington model 33 (circa 1932-1935). Still my favorite, and I still try to "shoot em in the head" like he taught me. I acquired it when he passed in 1997 and kept it all original till about 3 years ago when I refinished the stock.

 

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   I, too, was taught, "one shot, to the head". After many years of .22 rifles, my eyesight has gotten so bad that now I'm relegated to using a 12 ga. with light loads. I hunt by ear; if they move, I can hear (and see) them.  You guys are lucky.    jj

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My Hatsan 95 Air Rifle Combo was like a dream. (a bad one for squirrels) 

There are two features that stand out nicely about this air rifle. The first is the high-quality two-stage trigger. It’s comfortable to engage and has just the right amount of pressure, making it easy to take a shot exactly when you want to. The next thing is the German steel barrel.

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I used to squirrel hunt with an old 22/410 over/under that belonged to a friend.  I have a separate 22 rf and 410  sg that I used to use a lot. I often didn’t use a scope with the 22 and was pretty accurate .

 

Where I primarily hunt now has fairly high pressure from other hunters, and my eyesight isn’t what it used to be, so I use my 12 gauge with 7 1/2 shot . The squirrels there are so skittish they are often pretty far away and I can reach out to them ( and still hit them ) with the 12. I let my grandson use the 410 usually.

 

I like to slowly stalk through thick woods with big trees , esp. Oaks. Walk a few feet as quietly as possible, stop and listen and look, and slowly move on. In a particularly good area , I may sit and wait awhile.  Watch for them on the ground too. A friend gets probably a third of his squirrels that way.

My problem now is finding new

areas to hunt close to home. The N east Florida woods are rapidly diminishing due to all the new subdivisions coming in.😔

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Nylon 66 or bow and arrow with small game broad heads.

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I have had a continuous battle with tree rats.  I live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains and normally take a live and let live attitude.  We have every type of wildlife imaginable including some that can be dangerous.  Copperheads and Black Bears come to mind.  We have a strict rule to not feed the wildlife (I did put out a salt lick for the deer herd). I have a lot of nut trees around my house, Hickory, White Oak, Beech, Japanese Magnolia and they all produce squirrel food, I know that.  The tree rats traverse my roof to get to different groups of trees.  I have no problem with that but for some unknown reason they decided to add the asphalt shingles on my roof to their diet.  I had to thin the herd so to say.   I used my grandfathers plastic stock (had to be one of the first made) 17 shot 22 semi-auto (if loaded with Long Rifle) and Buckhorn sights.  If I was hunting for food, I would have had an endless supply of squirrel stew.  Instead I opted to let the Red Fox family that denned on my property to get free meals.  As a matter of fact, if I hadn't downed any squirrels in a while the big male Fox would sit at my backdoor and stare in.  He was the most magnificent specimen of a Red Fox I had ever seen.  Probably because he and his family got fed so well.  I also thought about selling the tails to Meps because they are always looking for dressing for their lures.  Anyway, I got pretty dang good with that setup and after a new roof, the tree rats have opted to remove it from the menu.  :lol:

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On ‎6‎/‎1‎/‎2019 at 11:40 PM, jbsoonerfan said:

The first gun I ever killed a squirrel with, my Papa Jake's Remington model 33 (circa 1932-1935). Still my favorite, and I still try to "shoot em in the head" like he taught me. I acquired it when he passed in 1997 and kept it all original till about 3 years ago when I refinished the stock.

 

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I bagged many a squirrel when I was young boy in Illinois. My late grandfather gave me his Marlin Model 1897 and I used that to bring squirrel home to my dad so he could have it with his milk gravy. (His favorite meal.) I have to say that old rifle played a part in me breezing through Army Rifle Qualification. That old rifle is still sitting in a closet at the old homestead. Enjoying this thread.

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I haven't hunted squirrels in over 20 years but I always used a Marlin Model 60 .22 LR with open sights. It even had a squirrel engraved into the stock.

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If I am in the woods a standard 10/22 is the preference.

If I am closer to civilization a  Gamo whisper fusion air rifle in 22 caliber gets the job done. 

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I was a serious squirreler too, once upon a time, back in NY. Some truly wonderful memories there. I can still easily conjure up the scent of black walnuts, hear the squirrels gnawing on them, and the chips falling onto wet leaves. I also hunted with a dog, who was a wonderful hunting companion.

 

I started with a Marlin/Glenfield 60, and literally wore it out; I think it was the CCI Stingers that I used for chucks and foxes. I started with open sights, and did well. And then bought a 6X scope, which has some real advantages. In fact, that looks like a Weaver D on your 99M1, @scaleface; Mine was a D6.

 

At age 17, I bought a single-shot Mossberg target gun with a 24" barrel (thinking Stingers again). I glass-bedded it, and filed the sear to get that god-awful trigger pull down to just shy of 3lbs, and it shoots single-hole groups with sub-sonics. My brother worked in a woodworking shop at the time and he and I did some custom work on the stock -thinking of the Parker-Hale Super.

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My son, when he was young, started his hunting on pine squirrels here in Colorado, with a Henry Mini-Bolt. I customized it a bit too, with a squirrel on the grip cap.

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I now use a Henry lever, although there's precious little squirrel hunting near me, beyond the little pine squirrels. Perfectly tasty little squirrels though, we've found. Abert's Squirrels (Tassel-Eared) are here too, but they are naturally sparse in population. The Henry lever is very accurate, with the ammo it likes. However, for proper fit, I needed to add a cheek riser -nothing fancy there- and to adjust my grip to get a good straight trigger pull, owing to the straight stock. Because of the lack of squirrels I now do more snowshoe hare hunting, on snowshoes over 5 to 8ft of powder in the mountains here. Love hunting those snowshoes. And that compact Henry handles well in those thickets.

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