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    Squirrel rifles

    I asked aobut dogs and calls so now I will check on rifles. I looked at a left hand bolt 22 Savage yesterday and thought about how well it would work. It is a black plastic stocked modern looking thing, but left handed. I checked into lever actions, have a 22 mag Henry, thought about a pump but the Henry is over $500 and kind of bulky, so I looked at bolts and found this one. A bolt action has advantages in that it will shoot and function with about any long rifle made. I already have a Remington 597 or something like that semi auto. Its a tractor gun but I like the feel of the Savage.

    22 Subsonic appeals to me for squirrel hunting. Very little noise out of a bolt. I probably will get the bolt action anyway but lots of you have preferences. I would imagine at some of you like bolt actions.

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    I have a couple old Marlin bolt actions. One is a single shot model 100 from 1950's or maybe even a little older than that. I also have a Marlin 25 that is magazine fed and super accurate. Not sure you would find a left handed model though as they probably never made one. The only Savage bolt gun I have is a 308 and it is a great shooting rifle. It sounds like it would do the trick if you are looking for a left handed rifle as Savage makes a good rifle at a good price and you could even find a aftermarket stock for it I bet if you wanted to change it up.

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    Ihave a couple of bolts and a pump and a couple of single shots. But the best I have and you couldn't buy it is my Marlin 881.
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    pre-owned_weihrauchhw30sstainless177021919.jpg.....I just sold my Henry youth 22...about $300. I was using Super Colibre for squirrel...very quiet and effective for short distance. Now I have switched to an air rifle of all things for short pest control as my 'neighbors' seem to have astute hearing capabilities. Picked up a Weihrauch HW-30 from Airguns of Arizona for about $250 shooting .177 JSB 7.33 gr pellets. It does wonders on squirrels...very accurate and quiet. No paperwork to buy.
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    I have a Marlin 981T. Tube fed, can shoot LR and Shorts. Basix trigger. Real tack driver. Marlin's current rifle like this should be good. Buddy has a CZ it is a great rifle and good looking too.
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    CZ (Bruno) a lot of bangs for your buck.
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    Tried sub sonics hollow points for awhile. Really do need to focus in on the vitals, as a hit otherwise is not as injurious as a highspeed hollow point. Used them with the idea, that less noise would not disturb the recently deceased neighbors as much, but it did, thou maybe not as much for as long. Used a 39A for a long time, and with subsonics it was very accurate and effective. Over time settled on the 22 Mag, mostly for the turkey and predators that tend to show up, that being with a Marlin 783 with a rather outsized Weaver Varminter scope. Have a pair of Ruger 77/22 bolts a 22lr and mag, very accurate, but drag that Marlin around.

    To me a squirrel rifle is about accuracy, and a good enough optic to easily pick up a good sight picture on a squirrel at maximum effective range. Picking up a flattened out hiding/peeking squirrel eye thru branches at some distance, I prefer alot of magnification in the 12x, 16x range with an adjustable objective. The optics are generally worth about the same or more than the rifle.

    I've bought 22s for squirrel rifles and immediately traded/sold them off as accuracy was not there, it happens.
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    CZ, 455 or 452 American if you can find one.
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    22lr Contender carbine here

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    you hard core squirrel hunters like fairly top of the line 22's. I broke down and bought the Savage B22. Even shot it a bit. Rough sighted it in off the tractor at close range. Don't think the accuracy is hurting but I may need to get a scope for it as the first scope would not adjust and the second took quite a bit. I will see. Its got an Accu Trigger which is fairly good. I only used some junk ammo for rough sight in. Need pictures I know.

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