tree rat hunting

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  1. old semperfi

    old semperfi New Member

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    i live in southern indiana and tree rat season is a couple of weeks away.i have for years only used a 22 bolt marlin.i have discovered that if i use cb caps i can get more shots in an area without waiting for the crack to be forgotten.i also found out that a well placed head shot tends to knock squirrels 5 or 6 feet out of the tree.it seems that the 22 cb only travels about 450 fps and all the energy is absorbed instead of going thru. old semperfi
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    similar to bunnies here under 75 yards
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    I'll second that. My tree rat gun is an old Ithaca model-49, lever action single shot. I shoot CB shorts out of it(longs are louder and less accurate for some reason). Sounds like an air rifle, and has a better kill'em ratio that my newer marlin semi-auto. Those subs take em out good.

    I had a ground hog that had been messing up my garden for about a month. A few days ago he stopped to look up after crossing under my fence. Bad move, head shot at 50 yds. He never took another step. I love that little old gun!:)
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    I used CBs for shooting muskrats in order to cut down on skips off the water. Shot one once and netted him into the boat set him in the bottom of the boat was lining up on another one when the muskrat came alive biting and crawling right up my neopreme waders towards my face. It was big old male and it was spring of the year when they mate and he was mad. That CB had bounced right off his head and temporarily rendered him unconscious and really upsetting him. It came down to hand to teeth and I ended up winning but it was intense for moment.
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    I've been hunting these little critters all my life. I started out with the old .22 short, at age 9, but soon found that the long rifle worked best for me, and the way I hunt. Now, I always start off the season with my trusty 12 gauge to get some meat in the freezer, then switch to the .22. One year, when I was only 12, a friend of mine at school and a couple of others started a contest to see who could bag the most in one season. I can in second with a total of 148.
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    I like to use a bazooka. One shot and the noise makes them all fall
    out of the trees knocked out. All I have to do is walk around and
    pick them off of the ground.

    Zeke
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    Bazookas are dangerous. Try using "flash bangs".
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    nothing like a good mess of limb rats no matter what kind of weapon you use,i love to squirrel hunt.
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    Bazooka!!!!! you got muslim squirrels? jihadist ones at that???
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    What about tree rat problem?
    I have a few problems with them. They are trying to eat my deck, furntiure and all. I trap a few, kill a few and there's still to many to deal with.
    later catman

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    That's some bad stuff there catman and I can relate to that!

    I use the same shotgun I used when I was a kid, a Winchester single 12ga. That's my squirrel gun. Just love the good old bang that it makes and the echos thru the woods as it just gets light!

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    I love tree rat's. I look forward to the 1st of Sept. every year. Never hunted with a 22, always used a shotgun. My favorite shotgun to use is my New England Firearms 12 ga. single shot.

    Took my last two tree rats out of the freezer from last year today. Going to fry them up and make some gravey and corn bread.
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    i like to use a 30-06. i shoot so close to their nose that the low pressure from the stirred up air sucks the air from their lungs so they sufficate.
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    that would be cool,what do you do when the round penetrates a six year olds head two miles away thats playing in his yard. old semperfi
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    nothing, because i was joking and would never do that for that very reason.
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    When I fisrt saw 30-, I was thinking...Oh Boy! LOL :D
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    I have killed severl squirrels, and rabits with a 30-06. Each time though I was in a tree stand, and they were on the ground. Head or neck, meat in the pot!
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    For those of you that use a shot gun for squirrels, what size shot do you use? I like the #4 because it's eaiser to get the shot out of the squirrel, that is what doesn't go all the way thru.
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    +1 on that here. I use the #4 shot as well.
    I have used 5 and even 6, but I agree with you there on the #4 shot.
    IMO, it's the best shot as carver described.
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    High brass #4 shot here.
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