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    Squirrel with my 32 S&W

    I hunted squirrel a few days back with a H&R Handy Rifle , but I was using a custom barrel in 32 S&W ... no idea who made the barrel or made it up

    I had 48 good Winchester cases , LOL so I had 48 rounds loaded
    A 115 gr semi wadcutter bullet from a mold I made
    Blue ... powder coated
    I used Blue Dot and CCI Primers ... not a hot load , 950 FPS ( I checked )
    I tried a number of loads , If I did my part , 1" at 50 yards was normal with just about every load I tried .... I have LOTS of Blue Dot so I used it

    A bit of over kill , but a 3 - 9 X 40 Leupold scope


    I have a folding case that holds 18 rounds , So I filled it up

    After swatting Skeeters till there was enough light to see
    I only had to wait 10 min before the first Fox squirrel was spotted on a Oak tree limb
    A few steps and I had a clear shot at about 30 yards , a easy head shot

    I knew the area was good , so I sat down
    15 min later , same tree another one started cutting a acorn and I made another easy head shot

    I really only wanted 2 squirrels so I started to walk out
    But after 50 yards a squirrel came down a Beach tree to about eye level and started chattering at me
    I just walked up till I was about 20 feet from it and watched it for a few min

    LOL I figured 3 squirrels was not really any more work to clean
    So another head shot
    But at 20 feet it took a bit to find it , as even on 3X the squirrel about filled the scope

    I remembered to shoot a touch high to make up for the scope height

    I really like the 32 S&W as IMO I am spending a fair amount less than 22 LR would cost me

    John
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    And I carry a SIG

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    Thanks for update, was wondering if you had got it shooting yet. Todd

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    A .32 S&W rifle sounds like fun.

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    Gonna hafta dig out my Browning 53 32-20. Makin me hungry!

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    Thanks for the update on your 22 lr alternative rifle sounds like a dandy meat getter! Our squirrel season opens on Saturday and I’ve been running the dog with a road kill squirrel tail and we sighted in both our 22 rifles and pistols last night. My daughter still thinks it’s just range time but at 14 it’s harder and harder to get just me and her time; or even her undivided attention.

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    Good work John.

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    Knock em' out John...……...

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    Wish we could use center-fire cartridges hear in Kentucky for small game. I was going to try a .310 round ball and about 4 grains of Unique in my 32-20 (.308 diameter) contender barrel but can only use rimfire in modern fire arms here. I did pick up a 10 inch 22 LR barrel to increase my hand gun trigger time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinsroost View Post
    Knock em' out John...……...
    It was a lynx - a souped-up bobcat! I miss Jerry Clower.

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    Cool hunt story, sounds as if you enjoyrd yourself
    Wish Tenn would let me use my centerfires as well. Get to use them occasionally when vusiting kin in far away states, but not enough!
    “You don’t practice until you get it right. You practice until you can’t get it wrong.” Jason Elam, All-Pro kicker, Denver Broncos

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    are you talking about 32sw or 32sw longs . that seems a bit heavy and hot for a 32sw.

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    Awsome stuff, and I too LOVE squirrel hunting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RED BEAR View Post
    are you talking about 32sw or 32sw longs . that seems a bit heavy and hot for a 32sw.
    32 S&W Long
    But I am using a custom rifle barrel for a H&R Handie rifle
    They cambered from 22 LR to 30/06 .... and a bunch more

    I have a 500 S&W barrel and 45/70 Barrel
    If you want to load full power loads , it is safe
    Also Both do a great job of killing game and shoulders LOL

    John
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    And I carry a SIG

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kylongrifle32 View Post
    Wish we could use center-fire cartridges hear in Kentucky for small game. I was going to try a .310 round ball and about 4 grains of Unique in my 32-20 (.308 diameter) contender barrel but can only use rimfire in modern fire arms here. I did pick up a 10 inch 22 LR barrel to increase my hand gun trigger time.
    Ohio has some strange hunting rules
    For Deer I can use Slugs , Black Powder rifle or Shotgun , Straight wall pistol ammo 357 Mag and larger ( 45/70 is OK ) and The same in rifles

    But I can hunt Squirrel with a 50 BMG rifle as long as I do it safely ....Not sure I want a bunch of people hunting Squirrel with big rifles
    Also unless they changed the rules , I can hunt deer with a handgun on public land , But hunting Squirrel with a handgun was against the rules ...I had a Warden warn me that my 10" Ruger Mk2 was not legal to hunt Squirrel ... but OK if I was hunting Coon

    But I am thinking of working up some Mouse Fart loads for my 308 and trying it

    Just to watch people run LOL

    John
    Yea, thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
    And I carry a SIG

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    To All,

    WISHING that I could find a suitable barrel for .32 S&W & a Aussie cadet (or another small-size) receiver, as I'd LOVE a .32 caliber squirrel rifle for our BIG Fox Squirrels & other small game up to coyotes/foxes/jackrabbits.
    (I have a REALLY nice piece of native pecan wood for the furniture.)

    yours, tex

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