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Posted: January 08 2017 at 5:22pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66



This was the first day in quite a while that the weather hasn't just been brutal, so when I got home from church, I got dressed, got a rifle and my hunting seat and went to sit on a knoll over watching some woods where I've had good success before (this is the first time hunting them this year). Only saw one, but it's now dinner waiting to happen.

We just moved my folks out of their house and into assisted living and I have been going through a very large and assorted batch of reloading and gun stuff, among which was an old coffee can of .30-30 loads that appear to be the Lee 120 grain "Soup Can" with Dad's notes saying five grains of Clays. The stuff was easily minute of squirrel accurate at 25 yards in this little H&R. Shot the squirrel through the shoulders, DRT. Hardly any meat damage, neat, clean hole clear though, pretty much what my .22 Hornet loads did last year.

My buddy, the big friendly tomcat who adopted us a year or so back followed me out and hung out with me the whole time. Anybody else ever hunting with a purring cat on your lap before? I think he was pretty glad to have good weather too.[/IMG]

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Posted: January 08 2017 at 6:17pm | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

Nice healthy looking red there. Sounds like those old cast loads work just fine.

My FIL had an old black/white cat that would follow him out squirrel hunting. It would sit beside him until he shot one and then it would sometimes even retrieve it for him, but did not really want to sit still after that. Was always trying to get the squirrel out of his vest.

A few times my Fil said he had not seen any squirrels and was about to get up and move to another location when he noticed that the cat was staring up in a tree. My FIL looked the tree over and sure enough there was a squirrel sitting on a limb. Never could get that cat to bark treed though.

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Posted: January 08 2017 at 6:53pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

This one was just happy to be out. He's outside 98% of the time and has a pretty good insulated box to sleep in, but when it gets down to zero, I bring him in and keep him locked away from the inside cats. Needless to say, he hates it. He was so happy to be outside and was very quiet and calm until he nosed that dead squirrel, that got him fired up.

I'm a cat person, and it's nice to have one that likes to hang out when I'm doing stuff around the house. He has a bed by my reloading bench in the barn too.

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Posted: January 09 2017 at 8:06pm | IP Logged Quote JD45

Thats a purty squirrel lol. We mainly have gray's here.
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Back east where I grew up, we had only grays and I truly believe they take a lot more killing than these fox squirrels. The fox squirrels here seem to go down quick, even with a body shot like this one.

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Posted: January 12 2017 at 5:15am | IP Logged Quote JD45

I agree! They fight til the end for sure! I only hunt them with a .22 nowadays. You would not believe what I've seen them take from a shotgun.
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