What is your favorite squirrel rig?

Posted by: Treerat-sniper

What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 02/01/19 01:33 PM

I'm a rifle guy, I hunted em with a 410 shotgun when I was a kid & that was all we had. After years of experimenting I settled on my 77/22 ultra-lite boat-paddle in LR with a Leupold 2-7. Its favorite chow is Win Power-points. What do you use?
Posted by: GC

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 02/01/19 01:40 PM

Old Marlin M39A with an aperture sight. I have other rifles, including a boat paddle stainless 77/22, but the old Marlin is just pure fun in the timber.
Posted by: Rhett Steele

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 02/01/19 01:54 PM

Savage A17.
Posted by: AdamT

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 02/01/19 04:13 PM

Remington 552 Speedmaster with a Leupold VX-1 2-7x28 rimfire loaded with CCI mini mags. As a youth I used dads Browning BAR 22 with a fixed 4x scope.
Posted by: TooManyHobbies

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 02/01/19 07:45 PM

Ruger 10/22, 3-9x40 tasco scope.
Posted by: marco

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 02/02/19 01:23 AM

Love the Ruger 77s got 9 of them!
Posted by: Bear

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 02/04/19 12:58 AM

Ruger 10-22 with a match barrel and a Mossberg model 147-A bolt action
Posted by: 6mm06

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 02/04/19 05:01 PM


Remington 541-S Sporter .22 long rifle.
Posted by: Brad Phillips

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 02/04/19 07:31 PM

Belgium made T-bolt with a Weaver K-10. Although there are others, based on mood !

I still have the .410 single that I got when I was seven. It has been used by a few family members, but I track it down and get it back. It is an old Kresge. Well, old, as in 1977-ish.
Posted by: Treerat-sniper

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 02/04/19 10:10 PM

^ The .410 we had was an old H&R given to us by a friend of my dad's. I think one of my cousin's youngsters has it now.
Posted by: Treerat-sniper

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 02/04/19 10:46 PM

Originally Posted By: marco
Love the Ruger 77s got 9 of them!


I love em too, had a total of 7 of them over the years, still have the .22, the 77/22 Hornet & my deer rig is a 77/44. Had a .22 wmr & a .357 that got away...wish I still had em!
Posted by: DesertRam

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 02/04/19 11:17 PM

I don't get to chase squirrels very often, but when I do I like to use Savage 93R17 TR or a Smith and Wesson SW22 with a red dot. Both are accurate and fun.
Posted by: Davidsavoie

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 02/06/19 06:56 PM

Either a savage 93R17 GV .17hmr or remington 870 12ga. I love both, used the 17 for the past ten years and finally added a shotgun to the mix when I moved back to ohio this fall. Early season when there are still leaves on the trees I favor the 17, no issues sneaking around. Once things thin out/rabbit season opens I almost always have the 870.
Posted by: glazer1972

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 02/08/19 11:49 PM

10/22 Walmart Special 22 SS bbl Jap made Weaver 4x Rimfire in Leupold Rifleman Rings and a Weaver T-09 Baer.
Posted by: jimmy917

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 02/13/19 12:24 PM

Remington 597HB or a 10/22 with a 20" GM barrel. Both get CCI SGBs.
Posted by: Ramjet

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 02/15/19 12:13 PM

Marlin Model 60 ,22 LR , BSA sweet 3 x 9 AO, Go-to Choice

Marlin 795 , 22 LR , 4X Nikon Rim-fire

Savage Model 40 , 22 Hornet ,Bushnell 4 x 12 AO - Trophy , Only in late winter when they are on the ground. The woods are open and you can get some long shots
Posted by: Scrumbag

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 02/19/19 07:33 AM

My favourite squirrel rig:

Brno Model - 2, 16" barrel
Boyd's rimfire hunter stock
Harris 9-13" Bipod
Lawrence Precision Titanium Moderator
Swarovski 3-9x36 scope in cheapo see through mounts...
(I really should sort those out)

Scrummy

Posted by: Bloodhound

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 03/12/19 01:19 PM

I have a Marlin 81 TS .22 LR with a Tasco 3-9x40 that is a great one. It rides in the truck if I am going out and about or when I am bird hunting. If I am specifically hunting bunnies or squirrels I grab my Winchester 72. It is a great walk about rifle.
Posted by: ARCOREY

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 03/12/19 04:44 PM

Marlin 917V 17HMR with 20gr. Game points. Pentax Gameseeker 4x-16x-44mm scope and form 1 suppressor. Head shots only with this rig, but that isn't usually an issue as accurate as it is.
Posted by: sandhillshunter

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 03/14/19 09:11 PM

Cool picture!

I have never hunted them. I have thought about trying it this fall, just to get out in the trees more. Are squirrels any good to eat?
Posted by: Plant.One

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 03/15/19 02:27 AM

i hunted them for years with a model 60, but now that i have my 10/22 with a match barrel, suppressed and a sub load it absolutely loves... all day every day. that model 60 aint seen the sun in 4 or 5 years i think ! heheh
Posted by: Bear

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 03/16/19 08:46 PM

Sandhillhunter: They are great eating just boil them before you fry them and they will be as tender as anything you have ever eaten.
Posted by: GC

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 03/17/19 10:45 AM

Young squirrels are tender enough to chicken fry with no other preparations. Old squirrels can be tough. There are several ways to get around that. Lots of recipes on the net if you look around.
Posted by: Longhunter1750

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 03/17/19 12:26 PM

I have about a dozen .22 rifles set up for squirrel hunting but my favorites are my CZ 455's, very accurate.
455 standard model
455 full stock
455 Varmint model


Posted by: sandhillshunter

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 03/17/19 09:43 PM

Thanks for the info Bear and GC. I'll give it a try this fall.
Posted by: 204 AR

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 03/17/19 09:53 PM

I used to love squirrel hunting. I wish we had more on this end of the state.
Posted by: jpretle

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 03/28/19 11:27 AM

Surprised no one has mentioned an air rifle. Beeman R10 works great, for me.
Posted by: K22

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 04/02/19 03:23 PM

Starting in the late 70's I have used a KDF (Kleinguenther) K22, double set triggers, Leupold rimfire low rings, Burris 6X AO mini scope, with RWS Subsonics.
Was going to post a photo, but lost the pictures when photobucket went down. I duplicated that setup with a Mauser 201 which is essentially the same rifle and will post a photo of that one. My never needed back up is a Remington 581/541 I call the "wannabe". It's a 581S action and bolt that is trued and threaded, 541T barrel, threaded, rechambered with a D2 chamber, 541S trigger, Leupold Low rimfire rings, Burris 6XAO mini scope, pillar bedded Bishop stock.




Posted by: GC

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 04/02/19 08:52 PM

K22, very nice!
Posted by: K22

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 04/02/19 09:36 PM

Thanks GC.
I have a weakness for fine 22lr. Always looking for the next best Squirrel rifle that'll probably only shoot paper. LOL
Posted by: lhitchcox

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 04/08/19 11:05 AM

My favorite is a current production left hand Browning T Bolt with subsonic HP by Fiocchi. Currently the scope is a Hawke Vantage 3-9x40, but that may change. Don't have any photos of the rig.
Posted by: 6mm06

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 04/15/19 11:28 PM


Finally got around to loading some photos of my squirrel rig.

Remington 541-S .22 long rifle, Simmons 22 mag 3-9x scope.





Posted by: K22

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 04/16/19 05:02 PM

Nice rifle 6mm06. I kick myself from time to time for selling mine.
Posted by: 6mm06

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 04/17/19 12:58 AM


K22, I kick myself too for nice guns I have sold or traded over the years. An early model Winchester 9422 and Colt New Frontier and Peacemaker 22s with magnum cylinders come to mind, and these are just a few I wish I had back.

Those are some fine looking rifles in your post above.
Posted by: K22

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 04/17/19 07:58 PM

Thanks 6mm06. Hindsite...........should never be visited. LOL

My newest project has been this Kimber HS which is now in a Kimber varmint stock I rebedded. This one shoots better than I had expected.


And one that never disappoints me is this Sako Quad.

Posted by: 6mm06

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 04/17/19 08:54 PM


K22, Beautiful !!!! Don't you just love fine rifles !!!

Today I spoke with a local guy at a gun shop who does some gunsmith work, inquiring about lightening the trigger pull of my Remington 581. Any suggestions on that?
Posted by: willy1947

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 04/27/19 10:24 AM


I still like to hunt with Winchester 67A with HP shorts it came with Lyman Sights.
Our Dad's bought them, so we had a rifle club in 1962
When I was a Boy Scout.
Later we went to the Naval Station and shot indoor small-bore with Winchester 52's, 1964-65.
The Navy set me up in ROTS. Off to college, I went.

Posted by: HeyYou

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 06/12/19 02:45 PM



Ruger 10-22, Green Mountain 17" Heavy Tapered Sporter Barrel 1:16 Twist, Volquartsen Trigger, Boyds Stock, Leoupold 3-9

Plenty of squirrels, rabbits, jacks, and even a few coyotes have all been taken with this rifle.

Posted by: Bear

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 06/13/19 05:58 PM

204AR:try any farmer that grows corn or other grains they should have them around their shelter belts or any creeks/river with trees for them to nest in.
Posted by: Wareagle

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 08/20/19 08:27 PM

Kimber k22 classic varmint 17hm2
Marlin 39A mountie
Posted by: redhaven

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 08/23/19 07:56 AM

NULA Model 20 22LR was my go to for awhile. Then I found a Browning A-Bolt .22LR that is currently my go to. Has a Bushnell Elite 4-12x40 on it and shoots Federal Gold Metal Target well.

Also have a 77/22 and CZ 457 American.
Posted by: vanhornet

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 08/25/19 11:32 AM

When it's green out, I usually use the old single shot, Harrington & Richardson Topper model #58 in 410, but when it's brown out, I use my suppressed RAR in 300 BO, with a subsonic 130gn Speer Hot Core load I developed, goin 790 FPS. This along with a Vortex 4-16 Diamondback scope produces head shots to about 50 yards very easily, with very little to no hold over.

The expansion velocity on this projectile is waaaaay above the MV produced, and does NOT expand, but instead pencils through, so meat damage is minimal with proper shot placement. Head shots produce a helicopter effect flying squirrel, and very few (none) are not recovered.

I hunt in a very secluded, sparsely populated area, and take only low angle shots, as the Hot Core keeps on a'goin after deliverin its near head removing punch.
Posted by: CallingArkansas

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 09/03/19 07:37 PM

Ruger M77 heavy barrel in grey stainless sitting in a laminated stock and topped with a 2x7x40 leupold. Shots lights out with Winchester power points.
Posted by: Stub2

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 09/11/19 01:13 PM

I thought I would try something different this year. I've been practicing with a s&w 617 revolver and a ruger Mklll with red dot this summer. I think my limit on distance for head shots is about 20 yards.
Posted by: GC

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 09/11/19 09:24 PM

Handgunning squawks is a ton of fun. I have an old K22 that has killed a bunch. I have used Ruger MK semi autos over the years for squirrel hunting. I have also used centerfire .38 Special and .45 ACP with powderpuff wadcutter and SWC loads.
Posted by: Stub2

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 09/14/19 09:46 PM

I just took the red dot off the mark lll and put a scope on. My wife and I had been shooting steel plates with the red dot and knocking one after another over. About 500 rounds in to shooting both of us began to miss. I put up a large paper target and found the zero had moved several inches.
Squirrel hunting season opens tomorrow and it looks like the revolver with open sights will be the handgun to carry.
Posted by: tx44hunter

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 09/26/19 10:16 AM

Grandpa's old Stevens 12 ga. w/ #8's
Posted by: GC

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 09/26/19 05:38 PM

Originally Posted By: tx44hunter
Grandpa's old Stevens 12 ga. w/ #8's


#8's for squirrels? May I ask why?