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Old 11-07-2010, 11:02 AM   #1
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Default Choosing the best Squirrel Rifle

Well im in the market for a small game rifle (22 long rifle,17 mach 2). I will be hunting mostly squirrels with it. What do you guys recommend for the most accurate and reliable rifle for this purpose? I dont want something that is going to be heavy. No single shots, will have around 400-500 spend and that needs to include scope.
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Old 11-07-2010, 11:17 AM   #2
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.22lr is best for that work IMO.


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Old 11-07-2010, 11:30 AM   #3
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Yep ive only found 1 manufacture that is still making the Mach 2 which is savage. Im probaly just going to go with a 22lr. Ive been looking at ruger 10/22 since i have a ruger and they are very accurate.
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Old 11-07-2010, 11:32 AM   #4
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Ruger 10-22 is a very fine choice,accurate dependable just flat out a great 22 LR. Ive killed everything from chipmunks to coyotes with mine using CCI Mini Mag hollow points 36 grain. Good Luck!
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Old 11-07-2010, 12:24 PM   #5
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Since you're looking for an accurate hunting rifle, I would recomend getting a Marlin 917V in .17HMR. Sure ammo costs a little more, but it's not over priced either. There aren't many true hunting cartridges that cost less than $14 for 50 rounds. This round is just explosive, if a squirrel doesn't fall from the tree, then you missed him. Mine will hit squirrels all day long at 150 yards, this is a serious hunting round. The rifle sells for $239 and you can get a Mueller 4.5-14X40AO scope for $115.
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Old 11-07-2010, 12:44 PM   #6
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I love my .17 HMR Marlin 917 VS-CF and it is accurate beyong 100 yards.

...............but, it's too dam loud to hunt tree squirrels with and I don't know any trees that are 150 yards except for giant redwoods anyway.

However, you'd be hard pressed to find better for ground squirrels.......................
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Old 11-07-2010, 12:57 PM   #7
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A ruger 1022 is a great gun. I use a Remington model 552 speedmaster and love it you can shoot 22short longs or longrifles from it and it's extremly accurate balances well and not much heavier than a 1022. It holds 15 rounds in the tube also check em out on Remington.com
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Old 11-07-2010, 04:21 PM   #8
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Can't go wrong with the 10-22. Myself, I use an old Weatherby XXII semi-auto.
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Old 11-07-2010, 04:39 PM   #9
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I LOVE Rugers, have 60+ of them including 13 or so 10/22' but for a general woods gun squirrel getter, I'd probably go with a Marlin Model 70 for a semi-auto or a Marlin or Savage for a bolt gun.
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Old 11-07-2010, 05:31 PM   #10
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For just snipeing tree rats, 22lr is the only way. Cheap and can find ammo everywhere.
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