What would be a more fur friendly weapon for fox squirrels? A 22 or a 20 gauge with 7 1/2 or 6 shot? Thanks for your time fellas?
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Surprisingly, the .22 is more dependable. The single entrance, possible exit hole can be closed easily. With shotguns, invariably, you cut an eyelid, tear up a nose or lips, and God forbid, break the tail. The first solid black one I'd taken in years had a quarter inch of skin torn from the tail and the nose cut using #8 bird loads at over 25 yards. Talk about pissed.
I never mount anything for myself anymore, but, a couple of years ago I was hunting in the MS Delta and wow, here comes a black squirrel, on the ground, running toward's me. I'm thinking, man that would be a pretty showpiece in my shop. With my old 12 gauge, I go BOOM...squirrel keeps coming...BOOM again..gotcha...dead black squirrel on ground...20 feet away... blown to Hadies. Ther wasn't a usable fragment on that squirrel. Oh well, maybe next time.
I use a .22 long rifle SOLID point behind the shoulder. They can still run for a little while when shot with this but keep an eye on them an soon they will bleed out and fall.
Would a shot to the head with a .22 pellet gun leave to much damage to mount a squirrel? I'm asking because I'm not sure if my pellet gun could kill a shoulder hit squirrel.