What Shell Do I Use For a 4.10 to Squirrel Hunt?
Is it wise to shoot 7.1/2s, 4.10s, or 4s for a squirrel hunt? This article will help you decide! Read on to discover more about these various shot sizes and what you should look for when choosing a squirrel hunting shell. There are a few reasons why you should use these different shot sizes, but overall, the results will be the same: they work well for hunting squirrels.
4.10 to squirrel hunting shell
In order to get the best results from your squirrel gun, you must use the right bullet for the job. High velocity hollow-point cartridges will often result in a fatal wound, resulting in a fast kill. Different shotgun loads have different numbers of pellets. Higher shotgun loads will deliver more knockdown power and kill the animal quicker. This is especially important if you’re going to be shooting at a squirrel that’s hanging upside down.
Aside from the type of shell used, the size of the bullet matters, too. The longer the shell, the higher the velocity and the heavier the shot load. SAAMI has established standards for shell length, gauge, and powder, so you can purchase the right size for the job. There are also many other shell sizes, but they may only be available in limited quantities. It is best to choose a shell that fits your rifle well.
One of the most challenging aspects of a squirrel hunt is locating the animal. If you’re accustomed to hunting deer, you know that a large part of the challenge is knowing where to look, which can be difficult when a squirrel is high in the trees or scurrying along the forest floor. That means you need to be hyper-vigilant and plan your path, including resting on a tree branch, as well as timing your movements. This is a different challenge than hunting a squirrel in the city or suburbia.
If you’re aiming for an average of two to three heart-lungs and a spine hit, you can use a No. 7.1/2s. You may have to adjust your shooting strategy accordingly. However, it’s worth trying both types of shots. One of the pros of using the No. 7 1/2s for a 4.10 to squirrel hunt is its range. This particular rifle is able to shoot down a squirrel from a distance of just over half an acre.
One of the best ways to choose the best ammo and gun for squirrel hunting is to determine your purpose for hunting. If you’re using your gun for survival, you’ll want the broadest coverage and best knockdown capabilities. If you’re shooting for sport, you’ll likely prefer something that has more knockdown power, but if you want to be more precise, you may need a more specialized load.
A number four pellet has sufficient energy to anchor the squirrel, and the number six pellets are less likely to cause any meat damage. There are arguments against using number four pellets, but they’re flimsy. The argument against number four pellets is a moot point; a #4 shell is plenty accurate enough to kill a squirrel at a reasonable range. But what if you’re shooting for a long distance? It’s worth comparing both types of pellets.
One of the most popular debates in hunting is what shot size to use. Some hunters use 7 1/2s to saturate squirrels while others prefer to shoot holes in them. Both will kill a squirrel, but 7 1/2s have a smaller thump and are easier to pick out of a squirrel’s mouth if the shot goes the wrong way. The right choke is an important consideration when hunting squirrels, but you should use whatever shot size is suitable for the game you’re after.
Size matters. Some hunters prefer to saturate the squirrel with 7 1/2s, while others use #4s to blow holes in its meat. Either way, both will kill the squirrel, but the larger size will leave a big hole in the meat and leave the hunter picking up the pellet. In addition, size 7 1/2s are not as accurate as #4s. If you’re planning to hunt with a 6.10, size 7 1/2 is the best choice.
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.