What Gun For Squirrel Hunting?
When it comes to squirrel hunting, it can be confusing to know what type of gun to use. You can use a shotgun, rimfire rifle, PCP, or air rifle. But which one is best for the task? Read on to learn about these options. You might also want to learn more about the PCP rifle. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of PCP rifles. If you are a novice hunter, this gun may not be the best choice.
Using a rimfire rifle
Using a rimfire rifle is essential for success early in the season. You’ll have to learn to shoot a rifle with a large magazine without iron sights, and shooting a rimfire is an entirely different challenge than shooting a standard rifle. You may be disappointed if you’ve never shot a rimfire before, but if you’re determined to learn and improve your shooting skills, a rimfire rifle could be the best choice.
Unlike traditional bolt-action rifles, rimfire hunting rifles have fast-cycling, high-precision bolts. These rifles are heavy enough to make squirrel hunting a breeze. They’re also drilled for Weaver-style bases, which are much more solid than dovetail mounts. A double-helix or hourglass-shaped magazine keeps ammunition inside the gun and is flush with the receiver.
Using a shotgun
Using a shotgun for squirrel hunting offers several benefits. First of all, the shotgun is easy to use. The shot cloud expands outward after the shot is made. This means that you do not have to aim perfectly to hit the squirrel. Second, you do not have to worry about accidentally shooting yourself or your livestock. And third, you can safely use a shotgun to hunt squirrels even in the dense foliage of the forest.
Secondly, you can shoot squirrels from a distance of about 20 to 35 yards. This distance helps the shotgun shell to hit the correct spot without scattering the body. It is also important to stay as quiet as possible, as noise is usually emitted by wet surfaces, including the tree itself. Lastly, you should be aware of the terrain when hunting. Wet surfaces make more noise than dry ones.
Using an air rifle
Using an air rifle for squirrel hunting is a great way to catch one of nature’s elusive creatures. While these rodents are not particularly hard to catch, you should consider the type of pellet you are using. Most pellets are designed for medium game such as squirrels. They don’t offer as much penetration, but they are a great choice for small game. They are widely available in stores and can be very effective.
To choose the right caliber for your shooting experience, you need to learn about the various calibers and bullet weights that are available. Generally, experts agree that a squirrel requires nine FPE to die. However, you don’t need to be an expert to make good use of an air rifle. It is best to choose a rifle that allows you to shoot 50 rounds per fill. An air rifle with a high FPE will be more effective than one with a low FPE.
Using a PCP rifle
One of the advantages of using a PCP air rifle for squirrel hunting is the relatively constant pressure that it maintains throughout the firing cycle. A PCP air rifle can also be equipped with an air regulator, which will increase the consistency of shot groups. A PCP air rifle is more expensive than a break barrel air rifle, and a PCP air rifle requires regular filling of its tank. However, if you are a frequent hunter and are not worried about air pressure, a PCP air rifle can be a great investment.
Choosing the right time of day to go squirrel hunting can be a challenge, but you can increase your chances of success if you plan carefully and use a scouting dog. Squirrels are active at dusk and dawn, and will feed throughout the day. To avoid spooking them, move slowly and quietly. Rustling leaves and twigs will attract the squirrels to your position.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.