Invincible squirrel

Invincible squirrel

Postby Eddi3 » Sun Nov 20, 2016 9:03 pm

So after a rather successful days hunt at the end of the day I found a grey squirrel at a pheasant feeders so after creeping in to 18 yards of the target I shot it straight behind the eye after a few minutes of waiting for anymore to come I went too retrieve the quarry and to my dismay it was breathing and clinging to the feeder leg so I immediately placed a point blank threw the back of its head and now I'm absolutely gutted to see it still breathing so I picked it up feeling a heart beat and dispatched it with a broken neck I suppose my question is how after such a clean shot
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Re: Invincible squirrel

Postby Roger5 » Sun Nov 20, 2016 9:35 pm

I have to say they are tough little critters, and sometimes the close ones are the hardest, I have shot them to 50yds off a bipod when they have been on sweet chestnut and they have been clean kills, but like you have had occasions when I have needed a couple of shots on close ones ie 7 or 8yds, probably over penetration issues. Rog
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Re: Invincible squirrel

Postby Eddi3 » Sun Nov 20, 2016 9:48 pm

Over penetrative was my first thought as I heard the pellet hit the back stop behind. Never had one like that from such a placed shot in all the time I have been shooting was a bit of a shock, like you I have placed 50 yard shots from a rest and not a twitch
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Re: Invincible squirrel

Postby Roger5 » Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:22 pm

Just another thought, 177 or 22 and what's your zero on that. Rog
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Re: Invincible squirrel

Postby Eddi3 » Mon Nov 21, 2016 5:17 am

.22 reg'd 11.6 fp with 25 yard zero
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Re: Invincible squirrel

Postby Roger5 » Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:50 am

Eddi3 wrote:.22 reg'd 11.6 fp with 25 yard zero

Nothing wrong with that, same setup as my regd .22. Back in July I took one off a feeder at 12 yds it lay on the ground for about 10 mins then tried to run off, the pellet had bounced off its head, the next one didn't , as I said tough little critters. Rog
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Re: Invincible squirrel

Postby granville » Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:07 pm

they are hard to kill if the pellet is not spot on .
I shot one in the trap at point blank and need a second shot .
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Re: Invincible squirrel

Postby Brooksy » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:46 pm

I shot one through the head and it clung to a branch, my mate discharged a 12 bore shotty on it and it still held on. Eventually it bled to death through perforated ear drums.
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Re: Invincible squirrel

Postby robertt » Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:42 pm

Dead squirrels often dangle by one foot.
Shot 3 on a feeder this afternoon all shot through the middle of the Brain and stone dead.
Don't know how you can have over penetration issues if they have a wound channel through their brain?
Never bounced one of a head, sounds like a periferal near miss.
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Re: Invincible squirrel

Postby Roger5 » Fri Nov 25, 2016 4:55 am

robertt wrote:Dead squirrels often dangle by one foot.
Shot 3 on a feeder this afternoon all shot through the middle of the Brain and stone dead.
Don't know how you can have over penetration issues if they have a wound channel through their brain?
Never bounced one of a head, sounds like a periferal near miss.

Periferal near miss ? What does that even mean???
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