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#195904 - 11/19/18 09:18 AM Handgun Squirrels- 22 ammo suggestions
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I have several 22 handguns I am going to try to use on the hundred of squirrels that I am feeding with my deer feeders.🤪🤪🤪 A 6? S&W 617 and a Ruger MKIV suppressed will be my main two though. I know I should shoot for accuracy but wasn?t sure if I should use high velocity HP or what?
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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#195905 - 11/19/18 09:32 AM Re: Handgun Squirrels- 22 ammo suggestions [Re: BKS]
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Corn fed squirrel sounds mighty tasty
my experience with squirrel hunting has been mainly using pellet guns, so any .22lr should be fine. Maybe standard solids would make less of a mess for later.
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#195908 - 11/19/18 12:31 PM Re: Handgun Squirrels- 22 ammo suggestions [Re: JDK]
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I use Federal Match 40gr in all my .22 revolvers, 4", 6" and 8" barrels. Very accurate and deadly on squirrels.
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#195912 - 11/19/18 02:41 PM Re: Handgun Squirrels- 22 ammo suggestions [Re: longhunter]
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solid point if eating

In revolvers Ive filed the point flat

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#195913 - 11/19/18 02:50 PM Re: Handgun Squirrels- 22 ammo suggestions [Re: Festus]
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The solid point is great but if you buy a tool from Gary Reeder or Paco Kelly that cuts the round point off, and makes it a flat point, then you have a 22 round that is more accurate than standard fodder.
Each gun is different and some like the high velocity better and shoot them more accurate. If you can use the Standard velocity then it is better. But go with what the gun likes. You do have to hit them first. haa

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#195914 - 11/19/18 03:02 PM Re: Handgun Squirrels- 22 ammo suggestions [Re: cherokeetracker]
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Standard velocity target ammo is perfect. Winchester T-22 is perfect. Does not tear up the animal. Ideally, throw away the head and throw away the lead.
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#195923 - 11/19/18 08:13 PM Re: Handgun Squirrels- 22 ammo suggestions [Re: Sawfish]
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My only squirrel load the last 5 years is CCI subsonic segmented HP. Very accurate. Makes a unique POP! when the squirrel is hit so you don't have to wonder if you connected.
I use it in my MKIII suppressed. Have done shots out to 75 yds. A deadly combination.

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#195925 - 11/19/18 09:22 PM Re: Handgun Squirrels- 22 ammo suggestions [Re: wvhitman]
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Thanks everyone for the replies.

wvhitman I picked some of that up today. I haven?t shot it but the regular CCI SS HP is shooting great out of my 617 and Ruger MKIV

Cherokee Tracker. I?ve considered the Paco nipper tool in the past and didn?t know Reeder made one till today. Thanks for the recommendation.
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#196047 - 11/23/18 08:57 AM Re: Handgun Squirrels- 22 ammo suggestions [Re: BKS]
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I use CCI Mini Mag HP and Remington Gold out of my 10 inch Contender and 617. Both are accurate and work well for me.

John

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#196048 - 11/23/18 09:28 AM Re: Handgun Squirrels- 22 ammo suggestions [Re: jcp161]
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In handguns, I use WW 37 or 36 gr. hollowpoints, which have generallybeen most accurate in my hunting handguns. When I used rifles, I generally used Fed. Hi Power or Fed Lightning 40 gr. RNL

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