IMHO it's all about shot placement i have killed them clean with.177 but I have had them run after my .22 FAC rapid has smacked them. The only one. That has 100% clean kill is my HMR ( overkill for the garden :-) in my experience I like to put the pellet through the eye from the front this seems to drop them cleanly every time.
i got onto one of my local shoots yesterday afternoon, i had just left my car and walked slowly round
the corner ,and there was mr tree rat running away from me so i made a loud clicking noise it stopped dead still
about 50 yds away , my fac daystate wolverine .303 sent a 50 grn pellet at 100 fpe straight into its heart/ lung area
and killing it instantly, on inspection the tree rat was not a pretty sight!!!
have any of you guys seen a drop in the quantity of squirrels on your shoot lately?me and my mate have been to ours and noticed a BIG drop in amount we see.any thoughts?
there is a drop in tree rat numbers on my shoots , due to me shooting the blighters!!!!!,
joking aside there does not seem to be a drop in numbers around my area,, i think i have cleared a shoot
and in a few months the blighters are back in force,
cheers brian,we dont see many dreys either!there was some dicks shooting them with shotguns before i was given permission[shotguns now gone]
just wonder if they have moved on so to speak,see them now and again,just nowhere near as often!.
I was speaking to a land owner on the outskirts of Yeovil recently about pest control as I used to shoot on his land many years ago until I took a break from it all and he had a horrendous rabbit problem in and around his paddock. He doesn't seem to bothered about them now as he is overrun with squirrels. A way back in I thought but sadly for him (and me) his wife loves them so doesn't want them culled at all.
Maybe they're doing well in the Yeovil area?
Sub 12ftlbs - headshot (and then the right bit of the head) with 20 or 22
FAC Air in 22 - A MID power rifle (16-19) with standard medium pellets, super dome / air arms etc heart shots work well as the pellets generally do not pass through, full energy transfer, ample but not over penetration (they may if shot side on though), or head shots preferable
Based on 'typical' squirrel shooting distances
I've shot a lot of squirrels , and my first choice would be the medium power fac rifle, then a uk limit one. Higher power simply does not help
I have shot a lot of squirrels with 177 too, but on this particular species heavy 177 from a pcp is better than a springer mid weight / light weight pellet, but best is simply something bigger. 20 in sub 12ftlb has been particularly good which I've been looking at carefully for the last 12 months or so -
I've also seen bits of squirrels shot off with rimfire that still hasn't done the job as in one of the above posts, and shot plenty of squirrels which have shotgun shot in the skin/fat layer.(And obviously not stopped). I'm not saying a shotgun at the right range isn't effective, but the best thing all round for these is an fac air gun, but not too powerful -
begining to think the tree rats on my shoot have moved to yeovil
Still plenty of the little rats round Gloucester way!!
With Sussex being the most 'wooded' county in the UK, we must have a lot of well fed, well developed squizzers down here, for sure they are tough little 'f+++++s' that cause a lot of destruction to our native habitat
sub 12 then it has to be .25 keeps them down
greater distance fac .22 keeps themn down
.177 its the cal for feather not fur
.177 for feather .22 for fur
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