Safe to shoot squirrels in trees with .22LR?

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by jjfawks, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. jjfawks

    jjfawks New Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    I have a .22 LR and am thinking about giving squirrel hunting a try. I've seen pictures of people shooting them in trees. But isn't there a lot of danger in that seeing as the bullet can travel over a mile and if you miss it might come down and hit someone? Any thoughts would be helpful.
  2. Helix_FR

    Helix_FR Active Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Imperial, MO
    don's miss.:p

    Only kidding. If your tree hunting and you do miss anything within the tree will stop that bullet. They do travel over a mile uninterrupted but after about 200 yds the ballistic force is greatly reduced. In tree hunting there is a lot that will stop, slowdown or redirect that bullet. Just while hunting always know what is beyond what you shooting at. Keeping that in mind you'll be safe.

  3. blackcat_attilio

    blackcat_attilio Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Northern Italy
    Hi jjfawks, ya that's dangerous enough - be careful! A .22 cal. is a small caliber anyway never you can know before where the bullet stops its fly ...but squirrels? ...nothing to eat! Wild-pigs are better, for my thoot !:p
  4. oldogy

    oldogy New Member

    Jan 10, 2009
    East TN
    Any time the gun is fired there is a danger. You are responsible for where the bullet goes. If it misses the target or even when it goes through the squirrel will it hit the tree, ricochet and hit something else, or compete the trajectory and come harmlessly to a stop. Always try to consider where the projectile could go and what damage it could cause.
    Be safe,
  5. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    My youngest daughter would rather eat fried squirrel than anything else on God's good earth !!!!!

    One time I shot one on the rail of a patio outside the living room on the second floor of a split level and it fell into some moderate underbrush. When we were unable to find it she didn't speak to me for a week. She was in kindergarten or first grade at the time. At thirty-five, she still feels the same way about her favorite meal.....
  6. blackcat_attilio

    blackcat_attilio Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Northern Italy
    Hi Marlin! Geeeeeez! Maybe because never I eaten it... :eek:
  7. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth Former Guest

    Jul 3, 2009
    Well,40 grains coming down at about 150fps(terminal velocity) could injure someone if it actually hit someone.In my own experience,a .22 pellet gun actually does a better job on squirrels than a .22LR.What kind of .22 LR is it?Maybe try CB cap ammo or something.The aquilla .22 CB caps are great-it's only 20 grains at 500fps,wouldn't travel more than a 1/4 mile and if it came down it's only 20 grains@150fps-not likely to cause an injury,or the CCI CB longs,they are 29 grains@700fps-but alot of people won't want to use CBs in a rifle because it could squib the barrel,and also won't cycle a semi auto.The best case scenerio for a squirrel hunt would be a little .410 or something.I would personally go with CB cap ammo or a .22 pellet gun seeing as either way they won't go more than 1/4 mile.
  8. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Tastes like chicken.:)
  9. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    If you want to put that squirrel in the pot, then start thinking along the lines of a shotgun. Any gauge will do. If you just want a challenge, then go ahead with the .22LR. Bullets fired straight up won't have enough energy to cause any real harm, but then again, you just can't hardly shoot them straight up! There will be a path that will be an arch, and the bullet will retain enough velocity at distance to cause harm, or death. Be sure that you shoot in a safe direction to prevent this. I hunted squirrel for years with a .22 shooting shorts. LR ammo tends to shoot through, and not deliver all of it potential energy. Shorts on the other hand seldom shoot through, and do deliver all potential energy into the Squirrel.
  10. jim brady

    jim brady Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2009
    Simla, Colorado
    Way to go, Marlin! I'm with you and your daughter on this - I love squirrel and dumplings. JJFAWKS - just be aware of what is down range when you shoot. If there are houses or people that way, don't shoot. TERRY P - Yup, it DOES taste like chicken!!! Have fun and be safe - Jim
  11. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth Former Guest

    Jul 3, 2009
    I have shot many squirrels with .22LRs,but a .22LR doesn't even come close to my .22 pellet gun using 14 grain wadcutters@1050fps-those pellets drop them dead instantly-as where I have had at least 50% of the squirrels I shot with a LR still alive when I find them.The pellet gun only delivers about 1/4 of the .22LRs energy-but it delivers 100% of it's energy as where the LR passes through and may deposit less than 1/4 of it's energy.
  12. LurpyGeek

    LurpyGeek Active Member

    Nov 30, 2005
    The four rules of Firearm Safety. Anytime I take someone shooting, I have them memorize these...

    1. Every firearm is always loaded.
    2. Never point a firearm at anything you are not willing to destroy.
    3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
    4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

    I would not do it. As others have said, that bullet is yours no matter where it goes.
  13. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Upstate NY
    Jjfawks. the simple truth is that over the years millions of squirrels have been shot from trees with .22 rifles. Probably tens of millions. I've accounted for a few of them myself.

    Keep in mind where the bullet will go if you miss. If you stay aware of your suroundings you should be OK. Thumbs up for a good post and for your concerns about safety.
  14. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    I think we are on the same page. I killed some squirrels with a buddies Benjamin pump when I was a youngster, and it worked well. Don't own a pellet gun, but the .22's in short, and CB are in the same class as far as bullet speed is concerned, and the knock down power is a little higher. Nothing wrong with a good pellet gun for Squirrel hunting!
  15. mr.t7024

    mr.t7024 Member

    Helix FR said it, :D
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