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?
Posted by: tincan

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 11/04/19 09:32 AM

My Dads old Winchester 62a
Posted by: Smokin Pole

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 11/04/19 11:03 AM

A Savage over/under .22/.410. I used it a lot with open sights when I had younger eyes.
Posted by: huntschool

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 12/09/19 05:34 PM

A brand new CZ 455 "plastic" stock with 17 Mach II Lilja barrel toped off with a Burris Timberline 4.5-14x32 AO. I have the trigger down just under 1lb.

It is a killing machine. Shoots wicked flat.
Posted by: Ohiolongarm

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 01/02/20 04:59 PM

Have two Ruger 77/22 integrally suppressed,Leupold 3X9X40 insane accurate,Winchester Australian subsonics,40,or 42 work awesome,trigger 2lbs. Or my Tikka T1X Weaver Grand Slam,4X16x44 CCI velocitors,this thing can shoot with the best of the best,squirrels at 100 yards is a cake walk.One and a half pound trigger,drop tested etc.
Posted by: 22 Chuck

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 01/06/20 09:46 PM

Squirrels used to get a 40 grainer from a Mossberg 346B w/ Weaver 1.5-4.5 w/ dot. Wish there were more fox and lots less grey/blacks around here.
Posted by: dbowling

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 01/19/20 11:46 AM

Sorry double posted, new post further down
Posted by: FLATHEAD67

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 01/24/20 06:08 AM

Certainly noting as nice as some of the pics I have seen here.
I use a 77/22 topped with an old vx 11 2-7 most of the time for tree rats.
Posted by: dbowling

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 02/01/20 02:35 PM

BSA Lightning XL .22 air rifle in picture, also have 10-12 other springer air rifles I squirrel hunt with.. Also a custom Bestill .32 inline muzzleloader based on the T/C Omega action, this gun will shoot 3 shot 5/8 in groups at 50 yds with patched round ball.
https://imgur.com/a/aSGOOGK
Posted by: Droptine26

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 02/11/20 12:40 AM

Green Mountain Rifle special edition 32 cal inline muzzleloader and my FX Wildcat MKll 22 cal pcp
Posted by: shepman

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 02/14/20 12:30 PM

Right now a Cz 457 in 22lr with whistle pig barrel
Posted by: sandy hicks

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 02/24/20 09:37 PM

I have several that I use depending on the mood.
Walks down memory lane get the winchester 61.
Just killing time equals the henry lever.
Long walks while scouting means that I will have the nylon 66.
Just for fun I use the TC super 14 with the 2x7 burris.
Posted by: Ohiochuck

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 04/18/20 10:14 PM

My Squirrel Rifle -Custom Winchester Model 52C patterned after author Charles Landis idea of the perfect squirrel rifle -
The rifle has a Lilja SS barrel which was added by Gordy Gitters. He also reblued the action and other parts and set the trigger pull. The custom chamber is excellent. The stock was prepared and finished by the late John Maxson of Washington Courthouse, Ohio. I purchased the stock from him at the Ohio Gun Collectors show in Wilmington, Ohio (6 shows each year).
I used the original sling swivels from the Model 52 target stock. It weights just over 9 lbs. with the Swarvowski 6 X 18 TDS reticle scope. It is well balanced. I have found that it shoots easily into small groups at 50 yds. using Lapua SS or SK SS ammo. I sighted in to hit on target at 40 yds. Using the 1st TDS bar it hits on target at 60 yds. At 70 yds. it hits squirrel sized targets when centered between the 1st & 2nd TDS bars.
The rifle's stock work was completed during the summer of 2008 by John Maxson. Gordy Gritters was the only gunsmith of the 3 smiths I checked with who was willing to chamber for the .22 LR at that time. He DID AN EXCELLENT JOB!!!!
The blank I think cost $ 800.00. It was purchased 2006, then when I visited John I always found one I liked better, so I traded. Both are excellent craftsmen.
Jim
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Posted by: K22

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 04/20/20 07:26 AM

Originally Posted By: Ohiochuck
My Squirrel Rifle -Custom Winchester Model 52C patterned after author Charles Landis idea of the perfect squirrel rifle -
The rifle has a Lilja SS barrel which was added by Gordy Gitters. He also reblued the action and other parts and set the trigger pull. The custom chamber is excellent. The stock was prepared and finished by the late John Maxson of Washington Courthouse, Ohio. I purchased the stock from him at the Ohio Gun Collectors show in Wilmington, Ohio (6 shows each year).
I used the original sling swivels from the Model 52 target stock. It weights just over 9 lbs. with the Swarvowski 6 X 18 TDS reticle scope. It is well balanced. I have found that it shoots easily into small groups at 50 yds. using Lapua SS or SK SS ammo. I sighted in to hit on target at 40 yds. Using the 1st TDS bar it hits on target at 60 yds. At 70 yds. it hits squirrel sized targets when centered between the 1st & 2nd TDS bars.
The rifle's stock work was completed during the summer of 2008 by John Maxson. Gordy Gritters was the only gunsmith of the 3 smiths I checked with who was willing to chamber for the .22 LR at that time. He DID AN EXCELLENT JOB!!!!
The blank I think cost $ 800.00. It was purchased 2006, then when I visited John I always found one I liked better, so I traded. Both are excellent craftsmen.
Jim
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Beautiful stock on that. What walnut is that? Claro, Turkish?
With the wide squared off forearm it puts me in mind of the Cooper Jackson Squirrel rifle. The stainless barrel adds to that Jackson look also.
The rifle is a bit heavier than I prefer, but you can't help but love that package. And a Winchester Model 52 is to die for.
Congratulations, that is one sweet looking rifle.
Posted by: K22

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 04/20/20 07:37 AM

Originally Posted By: 6mm06

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?


Hey 6mm06,
I forgot you ask me that question. Sorry.
You can change out the trigger spring or shorten the factory one. You can also drill and tap the housing then install a spring and make the trigger adjustable, similar to the 3 screw 541S triggers. I used to have the blueprints for doing that.
A Timney trigger for the 588 Rem. will work if you modify it some. Mainly you will need to modify the safety angle.
Posted by: Ohiochuck

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 04/20/20 12:55 PM



Bastogne walnut stock
This Cascade rifle stock(.17 AH )is a sister stock to the Winchester model 52.
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Posted by: K22

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 04/20/20 06:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Ohiochuck


Bastogne walnut stock
This Cascade rifle stock(.17 AH )is a sister stock to the Winchester model 52.
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WOW!!!! That is one exceptional piece of Bastone Walnut. Very impressive.
Posted by: Smokin Pole

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 04/22/20 11:48 AM

I've used a Savage Model 24 .22/.410 over/under since I was 16. That's 60 years. Bagged many a squirrel in the woods of northern Ohio.

NRA Benefactor
Posted by: Danh20

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 08/19/20 12:16 PM

I have a hand-me-down Sears 22 lr bolt gun that my Dad had for 45 years. Has a weaver 4x scope that the crosshairs are jagged at the outer edges. Still shoots great at 25 yards and still dropping squirrels.
Posted by: 22 Chuck

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 09/14/20 09:07 PM

I realy like my Mossberg 346B that I bought myself for HS graduation-60+yrs ago. It now has a Weaver 1.5-4.5 variable on it and I probably shot the old Dynapoints that I have a supply of.
Posted by: coloradocelt

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 06/01/21 09:21 PM

Suppressed 10/22, Burris timberline 4.5-14
Posted by: killahog

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 09/11/21 08:31 PM

FX Crown is 22 Caliber.
Posted by: Hacksaw

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 03/16/22 03:30 PM

Ruger 10/22 with Leupold 4X followed by a Benelli M2 20 bore.
Posted by: Fish Bonez

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 05/09/22 09:10 PM

J.C Higgins Single Shot 22 with open sights.
Posted by: AWS

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 08/23/22 09:13 AM

Fish Bonez, my dad gave me a JC Hiccins single when I was 7 yrs old(68 yrs ago). I killed so many squirrels with it my dad said he never wanted a squirrel on the table again, he said that about rabbits too but kept right on eating them. Some where in the 1970's a scope was put on the rifle and the stock cut and added on again as each of the kids in the family started to shoot. I still have it.

One of my favorite squirrel rifle was a custom 1903 Springfield in 358 Norma mag. I loaded it with 148gr double ended wadcutters over a pinch of 700x and it would shoot cloverleafs at 50 yards, was as quite as 22lr and cut a 35 caliber hole through a squirrel that you could eat right up to. I killed a batch of them when I lived up near Fargo ND.

I used to brown the squirrel parts add sliced carrots and creamy tomato gravy and simmer until the carrots were tender and serve over rice. Mom would brown them with onions and simmer in a white gravy and serve over dumplings or large egg noodles.
Posted by: kyyotestalker

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 10/17/22 12:06 PM

FX Dreamline .22cal 15.89gr. JSB Exact at 910fps

Posted by: 6mm06

Re: What is your favorite squirrel rig? - 10/17/22 05:42 PM

Originally Posted By: kyyotestalker
FX Dreamline .22cal 15.89gr. JSB Exact at 910fps

That looks interesting.