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    Ready for squirrels!

    This is at 40 yards holding the the tip of the bottom picket on the 1” targdot. A 6 o'clock hold ought to work fine and the best part is that my 60gr varmint loads are dead on at 100yds. Forgive the 44-40 photo bomb- I had to check POI of some j- word loads....

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    One point of continuing aggravation to me: using centerfire for squirrel hunting is contrary to regs here in Okieland.

    I can't even join in the fun.
    "Varium et mutabile semper femina." - Virgil
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bookworm View Post
    One point of continuing aggravation to me: using centerfire for squirrel hunting is contrary to regs here in Okieland.

    I can't even join in the fun.
    What about the .17 rimfires? That oughta splatter their little brains!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bookworm View Post
    One point of continuing aggravation to me: using centerfire for squirrel hunting is contrary to regs here in Okieland.

    I can't even join in the fun.
    I was not aware of/have never heard that.

    Regs state:

    "Legal Means of Taking
    Shotgun (conventional or muzzleloading),
    rifle (conventional or muzzleloading), handgun,
    archery equipment, legal raptors, hand-propelled
    missile, air-propelled missile and slingshot."

    It does not mention caliber, rimfire or center fire. Is that something that you have seen in print or the opinion of a game warden/ hunter safety instructor. I guess you could hunt squirrels with a 50BMG the way the wording is spelled out.

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    Can't do that in Pa., either. 22 caliber or smaller, rimfire only, for small game.

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    We can as well as long as it's not deer season with the exception of the very populated counties around NYC. Q: Can I hunt small game with a rifle in counties where deer hunting with a rifle is prohibited? A: Yes, but if any deer season is open, you can only use a rimfire rifle .22 caliber or smaller or centerfire rifles less than .22 caliber. You may not possess rifles afield on Long Island or Westchester Co. You may not use a rifle or handgun to hunt pheasant, turkey or migratory game birds.

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    Looks great to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas by God View Post
    This is at 40 yards holding the the tip of the bottom picket on the 1” targdot. A 6 o'clock hold ought to work fine and the best part is that my 60gr varmint loads are dead on at 100yds. Forgive the 44-40 photo bomb- I had to check POI of some j- word loads....

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    How big are your squirrels that you need a 22-250? lol

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    I'm working my way down. I've killed cattle, deer, pigs, etc. With it. Time for cast in order to eat the " fancy rats".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas by God View Post
    I'm working my way down. I've killed cattle, deer, pigs, etc. With it. Time for cast in order to eat the " fancy rats".

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    Now you got me to thinking. That would be the cats meow out of my .223 Henry single shot with a 3x9 Nikon. What bullet is that, and is that 9.2gr of unique? And what was the range?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BK7saum View Post
    I was not aware of/have never heard that.

    Regs state:

    "Legal Means of Taking
    Shotgun (conventional or muzzleloading),
    rifle (conventional or muzzleloading), handgun,
    archery equipment, legal raptors, hand-propelled
    missile, air-propelled missile and slingshot."

    It does not mention caliber, rimfire or center fire. Is that something that you have seen in print or the opinion of a game warden/ hunter safety instructor. I guess you could hunt squirrels with a 50BMG the way the wording is spelled out.
    Well, I'm glad you responded.

    I just downloaded the regs and checked. Apparently I am incorrect, and have been for several years.
    The way the regs read, any rifle is legal.

    When I think of all those wasted years.....
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    You guys got me curious about Missouri's regs. I always thought rimfire or shotgun were required for squirrel and rabbit. Fact is, it's only during firearm deer season that is required.

    Grandpa used to say a good day was one when you learned something new. It's a good day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koger View Post
    Now you got me to thinking. That would be the cats meow out of my .223 Henry single shot with a 3x9 Nikon. What bullet is that, and is that 9.2gr of unique? And what was the range?
    I'm ashamed to say that I forgot which generous member here sent those boolits to me. All I know is that they are 58grains, .225", and have aluminum gas checks. Yes, that is 9.2 grains of Unique dipped with a Lee scoop. I haven't chrono'd them but my senses tell me they are between .22 LR and .22 Magnum levels. The range is 40 yards so they are minute of squirrel head I reckon. Our squirrel season never closes and there's no bag limit.

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    58gr round nose gas check, sounds a lot like Lyman 225462. Very accurate in my 22-250.

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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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