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Old 11-21-2020, 06:22 PM   #1
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I have been doing a ton of research on a good 22 for squirrel hunting and there seem to be a lot of options out there. From what I have read, bolt actions are a bit more accurate than semi autos out of the box. I'd like to spend much less than 500 dollars for one, but if there is one that is incredible I am willing to adjust. Anyone have any suggestions for a good 22 rifle? Thank you in advance!

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Old 11-21-2020, 06:33 PM   #2
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Check out CZ maybe 455 or others ..22and .17 Barrel combo .
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Old 11-21-2020, 06:38 PM   #3
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Looks like the 457 is the current model with combo barrels
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Savage fvsr. Sweet little bolt rifle and very accurate. I purchased it to mount a suppressor on it for backyard Starlings using sub-sonic ammo. It’s seen some action this fall on squrriels and has put a few in the freezer. I would suggest putting a good scope on it. I think most people cheap out on the scope for a duece, duece and never get the full potential out of it. I’ll break the norm of Internet forums and be honest here; I have had some feeding issues with the rifle. Like super annoying feeding issues usually when there is a herd bull squrriel making his way higher up a tree and I can’t get a bullet to chamber. I’m not sure if it’s the soft lead hollow point sub-sonic ammo I’m using or what.
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Old 11-21-2020, 08:17 PM   #5
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Old 11-21-2020, 08:33 PM   #6
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CZ, have two.
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Old 11-21-2020, 09:32 PM   #7
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Cz, tikka, ruger whichever suits your fancy. I’d look at 17hmr if you’re going for squirrels. Always good to have a solid 22 though.
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Old 11-21-2020, 09:50 PM   #8
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I have been doing a ton of research on a good 22 for squirrel hunting and there seem to be a lot of options out there. From what I have read, bolt actions are a bit more accurate than semi autos out of the box. I'd like to spend much less than 500 dollars for one, but if there is one that is incredible I am willing to adjust. Anyone have any suggestions for a good 22 rifle? Thank you in advance!
Don’t complicate things. It’s a squirrel. Ruger 10/22. Tons of upgrades to improve accuracy. My 10/22 with ER Shaw barrel upgrade puts 25 rounds inside a quarter at 50 yds. That’ll kill lots of rodents.
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Old 11-21-2020, 10:03 PM   #9
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Don’t complicate things. It’s a squirrel. Ruger 10/22. Tons of upgrades to improve accuracy. My 10/22 with ER Shaw barrel upgrade puts 25 rounds inside a quarter at 50 yds. That’ll kill lots of rodents.
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Old 11-22-2020, 07:44 AM   #10
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My favorite is my old Winchester Model 63 pump that has been reliably killing squirrels and other small game since the early 1960's.

I also own a CZ 455 American with swap barrels in 22 LR and 17 HMR.
That 17 round can accurately reach way out there if the wind is not blowing
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Old 11-22-2020, 09:00 AM   #11
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PF.... The 63 is an autoloader. Outside his $500 price range by a couple hundred. This is based on what I see on-line. Have no idea if folks are getting their asking price??? Probably not.
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Old 11-22-2020, 09:21 AM   #12
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Good catch Dog,
I have a Model 61 Winchester pump as I just edited.
I have Model 63 on my mind because I have been searching the net for days without success for a tang sight for a buddies Taurus Model 63 autoloader. As you may be aware Taurus made a run of Replicas of the superb old Winchester autos and pumps.
The Taurus copies look pretty darn good "old school classic" and would be in the posters price range. I have read of some cycling issues with the Model 63 clones, but my buddy's has worked fine.

There are a lot of folks really liking Marlin Model 60 autoloaders even over the very popular Ruger 10/22. Many report better out of the box accuracy than the 10/22. The 60 is a good low budget choice in an auto 22. I like the feel of the Marlins better than the Ruger 10/22's.
I have buddies that hunt Jackrabbits in Oregon that use Model 60's, especially for running shots which is always great sport.
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Old 11-22-2020, 10:38 AM   #13
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I've seen a couple of the Taurus 63's and agree they don't look too bad. The negative reviews are out there but maybe they're just a rifle that needs to be, "broken in." The Winchester tang sight model must be pretty rare, don't recall ever seeing one in person. If I read correctly, you're just looking for the sight. Probably be a long search. It'd be a shame if you had to buy the entire rifle just to get the sight.......... or not.



I will admit, my 455 isn't what I'd call accurate but neither are my eyes. One day I did some ammo testing and used cheap stuff along with stuff that had good reviews in the magazines. Did a half dozen 25 shot groups with each. The cheap stuff wasn't much different than the high grade, a couple extra flyers but otherwise the same. Testing is just as likely to be operator error as faults with the ammo. The only ammo that showed a likeness for my rifle was CCI Stinger. The longer case of the Stinger was a light crush fit in the chamber which was probably the reason. If I had to draw any conclusion from this testing I'd say my rifle has a sloppy chamber and standard ammo is just too loose. I thought getting the chamber sleeved and cut to tighter specs but haven't done it. I know it would help. So would an extended break in period.


Another possibility would be a Winchester Model 69A. Sweet guns.


I've owned two or three 10/.22's and was not happy with them. Mostly crappy triggers which affected accuracy. Without a good trigger on any rifle, accuracy cannot be accurately judged. If a person built a 10/.22 from the ground up it would probably pass any accuracy test with flying colors.
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Old 11-22-2020, 10:51 AM   #14
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Dog,

Taurus offered factory tang sight for $20 when they were making those model 63's and for a while longer in their parts department. That supply has dried up. They come up on Ebay now and then for $30 to $50. They are not the same/interchangeable with the Winchester models. Those sights are expensive and not too available either.

My CZ is pretty accurate. These days it is the crappy 22 ammo that hamstrings good accuracy of 22 rifles. Even a lot of previously known to be accurate target grade stuff is no longer consistent. Hate that when my money is no good to buy something that is supposed to "high quality". A ton of good info about this over on the excellent "rimfirecentral" site.

Concerning eyes, long gone is my ability to head shoot a Squirrel feeling safe high up in a notch of a tall Beech tree with my open sighted 61. My 61 like all my rifles wears a scope.
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Old 11-22-2020, 11:20 AM   #15
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My favorite 22 currently in the safe is an old Ithica model 49. It's a little single shot with open sights but it's a good little shooter. I have some CCI cb shorts that I use in it. It proved itself this year at deer camp putting a few grouse in the pot.

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Old 11-22-2020, 11:25 AM   #16
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Dang, I thought I was about to read a list of 22 tips for squirrel hunting.

I’ve been using an old Mossberg 146B-A with cheap 4x scope for almost 40 years. Bolt action with barrel length tube magazine that I think holds 20 rounds of 22LR (it’s been a while since I loaded it fully.) Also shoots shorts. It’s always been super accurate for me, but maybe it’s time to upgrade the scope.

A quick search turned a couple up on popular auction site for $250-$330 starting bids.
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Old 11-22-2020, 04:20 PM   #17
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I've got a CZ with a Leopold 2 x 7 and I really like it, as accurate as I can be. Also have a Henry, which is a blast, need to get a better scope on it. Like many of us with the road in front being shorter than the one behind us, my eyes don't do open sights very well any more. Also have a 10/22, upgraded the trigger springs, it's ok, but I rarely shoot it. But if you want to tinkertoy a rifle, it's got the most after market stuff. Then again, showing my age with "tinkertoy", I had several sets!
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Old 11-22-2020, 06:27 PM   #18
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Savage fvsr. Sweet little bolt rifle and very accurate. I purchased it to mount a suppressor on it for backyard Starlings using sub-sonic ammo. It’s seen some action this fall on squrriels and has put a few in the freezer. I would suggest putting a good scope on it. I think most people cheap out on the scope for a duece, duece and never get the full potential out of it. I’ll break the norm of Internet forums and be honest here; I have had some feeding issues with the rifle. Like super annoying feeding issues usually when there is a herd bull squrriel making his way higher up a tree and I can’t get a bullet to chamber. I’m not sure if it’s the soft lead hollow point sub-sonic ammo I’m using or what.
Have you tried a different magazine? I have the 17HMR version of that rifle and have had zero issues. I definitely recommend it. The accutrigger is exceptional--as good as a $200 Farquharson that I have on one of my 10-22s, and the accuracy is phenomenal. A 17hmr is a bit much for a squirrel that you intend to eat, though.
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I really like my ruger rpr 22..

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Old 11-23-2020, 08:01 AM   #20
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Here you go, Henry Pump Octagon





https://www.henryusa.com/rifles/pump...octagon-rifle/


Hard to beat an older CZ 452 American too for a walk around plinker, getting harder to find now.

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/884075059 They made them with 22" barrels if the 25" is too long.


If you're fond of older american rifles a 60's beehive remington is hard to beat, 512's and 511's, also with 25" bbl's.
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Old 11-23-2020, 10:43 AM   #21
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I was in the same boat earlier this year and picked up a Tikka T1X.

Very impressed.
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A lot of older .22's have barrels much too long. To keep them legal, cutting them back to 18 1/2" is a practical move. Maybe not for open sights but a scoped gun might benefit. Make for easier packing if nothing else.
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Have you tried a different magazine? I have the 17HMR version of that rifle and have had zero issues. I definitely recommend it. The accutrigger is exceptional--as good as a $200 Farquharson that I have on one of my 10-22s, and the accuracy is phenomenal. A 17hmr is a bit much for a squirrel that you intend to eat, though.
Volquartsen trigger? A Farquharson may be a little out of the OPs price range...
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Volquartsen trigger? A Farquharson may be a little out of the OPs price range...
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Old 11-23-2020, 11:15 AM   #25
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Marlin .22. Semi auto with tube feed. Don't get semi auto with mags...they jam a lot. .22 is a dirty bullet.
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Old 11-23-2020, 11:20 AM   #26
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What kind of squirrels are you hunting? Fox squirrels are a lot bigger. Growing up we only head shot gray squirrels with 22s. Most of us had Marlin or Glenfield semiautos with a tiny rimfire scopes. Our shots were usually less than 40 yds because that’s as far as we could see.

If I was going to do it now, I’d probably just use a Ruger 10/22 with good trigger and a nice regular sized scope.
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A Kimber would work well.
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