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Looking for .22 hunting ammo that drops squirrels or cottontails where they are at or at least slows them down.

Was squirrel hunting with my son, in Iowa this Saturday, and almost positive every squirrel was a John Wayne impersonator. I'd hit them and they'd get up and run off. Was using 40 gr Aguila lrn standard velocity ammo.

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Make a die to snip the round nose off the RN ammo and turn it into a flat-nose with meplat 1/2 of bullet diameter and it will kill much better. Better straight-through penetration with less bloodshot meat than hollow-points. Otherwise find Winchester Dynapoint or CCI SGB aka Small Game Bullet.


CCI subsonic HP also good, more accurate than, and less bloodshot meat than Mini-Mag HPs.
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Any hollow point you can get enough of to use an enjoy. I changed from hollow points to Aguila Super Extra for my squirrel rifle. I'd shoot the squirrel and they would run off a bit before they tipped over. I switched back to my hollow points and life was good again. That Aguila tested well on IV888 youtube channel. My old stand by bulk Remington hollow points work just great thank you.

You can hear the pop with the HPs....

CCI and Remington are my old stand by rounds. If I can get my hands on a box of Aguilas I will try them. The SSS Aguila is fine for thumpn critters with a .22lr also.

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HEAD shots are the only way to kill them, they are a strong critter, it,s a shame when you wound them and they make it to their den in a hollow tree.they deserve a quick death not suffering with a broken leg or a gut shot, JMO
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HEAD shots are the only way to kill them, they are a strong critter, it,s a shame when you wound them and they make it to their den in a hollow tree.they deserve a quick death not suffering with a broken leg or a gut shot, JMO
Thanks! Now I just need your method on how to get them to stand still so I can get a headshot.

Believe me, I hate having them wounded too.

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. . The Quicker the round gets there the sooner they die . .

CCI Stingers . . . 1640 fps
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Ive been using Winchester 40g HP power point. I don't know it's the very best, but it's a lot better than Lead RN bullets.
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A dead tie between the Winchester super x and CCI mini mags .....as 2 of the best hunting loads in my experience.......although I can't say as I have had any issues killin tree rats with LRN std velocity using the firearms below. ( Must not be any John Wayne squirrel around these parts.) Grays and reds.
Then again, Im typically inside of 30 yards as well.
The wife shoots rabbits out of her garden with her 1022 too boot. ( Roughly 30 feet) Typically head shots in this case, so her std velocity loads with can are plenty.

Interesting thread. Had no idea folks were havin problems killin the bushy tails with any 22lr in std velocity , and/ or LRN.
( I will most definitely be trying out the suggestion in post #2 above.)
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Change your weapon out to a .204 ruger. Makes headshots much easier. Don't lead them. That bullet is traveling about 3x faster then a .22lr
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CCI Stingers . . . 1640 fps
This ^^^. Many a jackrabbit and prairie dog were stopped "right now" with CCI Stingers.

CCI Mini-mags are my other favorite.
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I take accuracy over velocity any day. I get different results with different brands. For me, CCI shoots the tightest groups with my 10/22.

However, my .17 is my go-to for small game as it is a much more accurate round.
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CCI-SGB, As mentioned earlier.
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I do good with CCI mini mags and Federal Auto Match in my CZ Trainer
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I just use CCI Standard Velocity. Shoots great at targets and the squirrels/rabbits typically sit still at least a few times to make a head shot happen. At 25yds my 10/22 puts a 10 shot group that you can cover with a quarter. Good enough for me.
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Aguila Super Maximum
https://www.midwayusa.com/product/25...ead-round-nose

204 ft/lbs of energy,,, Nasty stuff, but you want a headshot on something as small as a squirrel because it really tears the meat up. You can hear/feel the difference when you pull the trigger with one of these shells in the chamber.
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CCI Mini Mag 40gr lead round nose standard velocity. It shoots the best in my 22 and it drops squirrels right there. If you're going to be shooting at them while they are running around use a shotgun. I prefer single shot 20ga with full choke and #4 shot, but you will find as many opinions on that as on 22 ammo.


Oh and in my experience avoid stingers. Unless you take head shots you really blow those squirrels up. They cause meat loss and some just gruesome looking kills if you don't hit them just right.

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I like shooting suppressed. I use CCI standard velocity work great. They're silent. I've noticed too on body shots its takes them a minute to die with standard round nose. I started going with HP's and head shots dead every time.
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CCI standard velocity or Mini Mags have always work for me, it just depends what I have on hand. A 20 gauge shotgun with #6 shot works, I have never tried using #4's.
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. . The Quicker the round gets there the sooner they die . .

CCI Stingers . . . 1640 fps
I really like the Stingers, but the damage incurred it significant when compared to 40 gr Winchester Super X hollow point.

Winchester Super X is my ole reliable, accurate and reliable.
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CCI standard velocity or Mini Mags have always work for me, it just depends what I have on hand. A 20 gauge shotgun with #6 shot works, I have never tried using #4's.
The reason I use the #4 is that it puts a few less bbs in them and they are a bit easier to pick out. Also that little bit bigger shot seems to give a little extra range because it penetrates better.

I've used #6 and they work. It's just personal preference.
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