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PostSubject: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 21st 2015, 8:05 am

Took the .40 cal. out on its maiden hunt this morning, got in the woods around 7:20 and was done by 9am...took 6 shots and killed 4 squirrels 3 grays and a fox squirrel...I will say this the .40 is definetly not squirrel friendly, it will pretty much clean them for you on any type of body hit, my eyes are not good enough to see them when they are 100 ft up in a giant shagbark or pig hickory so its pretty much put the bead on the center mass high and hope for the best...did head shoot the fox squirrel as he gave me a side profile where I could see his head real good..
it is definetly a very accurate gun with the Green Mountain barrel but going to have to work up a lighter load then the 40 gr. of fffg I was using...going to try my .32 next time with scope so I can be a little more accurate on the head shooting.

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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 21st 2015, 9:02 am

Thats awesome! I bet 15 to 20 grains would really do good for squirrel.. I run 20 grains in my .54 cal for rabbit loads.

Thanks for sharing.

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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 21st 2015, 9:16 am

I wouldn't even attempt to shoot squirrels with a BP rifle. My eyes won't focus on the front sight. I use my SxS 12 ga. with 7 1/2 shot.

I'm not very sporting about it. Neutral  You should be happy you can see them good enough to hit them, I would be.

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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 21st 2015, 9:44 am

Small moving targets...NICE shooting dbowling Wink
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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 21st 2015, 10:58 am

I think when I get a chance Im going to try 20 gr. in it and see if it will group out to 30-35 yds if so will use that, 40 gr. is just too hot for small bodied animals..

Patacazador,
I cant really see the front sight very well I just bring the bead down even with the V on sight and focus on squirrel and put the blurry bead on them and squezze...1st time Ive squirrel hunted with open sights in at least 20 yrs. always used a scope .22 rimfire or air rifle..
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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 21st 2015, 11:04 am

Nice! That would be interesting shooting those critters with a muzzy.

is that the one Carlos sold?
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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 21st 2015, 11:07 am

Yeah the same gun its scary accurate.. I shot a leaf off the ground the other day down in the holler behind my house that was about 45 yds away offhand and it just disappeared, it was about the size of a golf ball...
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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 21st 2015, 11:18 am

I do like .40s. Building a ML for our son-in-law. Using a curly maple pre carve near what the TC Hawken is. Have a .40 and a .54 GM drop in for it but now have to chenge out the breech plugs to flintlock and buy an L&R RPL flintlock. Wish I'd had something like that to start with.
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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 21st 2015, 11:59 am

wish I could shoot a flintlock accurate but they make me flinch like crazy, shooting off a rest Im ok but freehand I flinch too much..
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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 21st 2015, 3:28 pm

I love the .40 but it's not for small game IMHO.  All (with a couple of exceptions) my squirrel shooting has been done with a .32 and a couple of times with a .36.  The .32 is ideal for that job.
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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 22nd 2015, 8:13 am

A friend of mine has a .32 Mler he uses for plinking.   It would be perfect for squirrels and is tons of fun to shoot.
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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 22nd 2015, 8:36 am

I was a kid the last time I hunted for squirrels, and forgot what it taste like. What's it like?

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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 22nd 2015, 9:35 am

Muley,
hard to describe the taste but if its cooked right there isn't any better eating..
Nothing better then squirrel, squirrel gravy/biscuits with sliced tomato and a cold beverage.
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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 22nd 2015, 10:30 am

Muley wrote:
I was a kid the last time I hunted for squirrels, and forgot what it taste like. What's it like?




Tastes like chicken. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 22nd 2015, 10:42 am

I hate chicken.   tongue

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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 22nd 2015, 12:14 pm

It tastes like rat because that's what it is.

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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 22nd 2015, 12:20 pm

@patocazador wrote:
It tastes like rat because that's what it is.
Rat!  Hmmmm, hmmmm, good!
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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 22nd 2015, 12:25 pm

@patocazador wrote:
It tastes like rat because that's what it is.


Tell us how a rat taste?

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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 22nd 2015, 4:08 pm

A lot like squirrel.

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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 22nd 2015, 4:29 pm

Sure is good tasting RAT though..
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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 23rd 2015, 7:26 am

@dbowling wrote:
Sure is good tasting RAT though..
While not my favorite game to hunt for dinner, I've had them and they aren't bad at all if prepared right.   Squirrels look like a "rat" with a fuzzy tail which can turn a lot of people off from trying them. Everything is what it eats.   For the wary taste buds I explain that sewer rats are meat eaters of the grossest kind...whereas squirrels are primarily vegetarian.
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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 23rd 2015, 7:49 am

So, they taste like a vegetarian?

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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   August 24th 2015, 7:58 pm

You could say that Pete.
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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   September 1st 2015, 8:43 pm

Makes me think about breakin' out the T/C Hawken .45 and tryin' it. I know .45 is too big, but I just found a nearly full box of .440 round balls a friend gave me in the early '90s. I've never deer hunted with anything smaller than .50 and this will be an opportunity to shoot this new (to me) gun. I've had it since late spring and have shot it less than 50 times.
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PostSubject: Re: .40 cal. T/C squirrel hunt   September 3rd 2015, 8:21 pm

I have problems seeing too so I use Scoped .22 or my Double loaded with #6 Shot, 80g. Pyrodex RS.





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