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WillametteT

WillametteT

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PostSubject: Is .40 to big for tree rats?   Is .40 to big for tree rats? EmptyFebruary 2nd 2014, 11:29 am

Do you guys think a .40 cal is to big for squirrels and such small critters? Thinking of squirrel hunting here in Oregon but, don't want to ruin the meat to much if a head shot is not guaranteed. I realize a .32/.36 would probably be better but, wanted to leave myself with something in case I wanted to hunt something a little larger. Very Happy


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OldMtnMan

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PostSubject: Re: Is .40 to big for tree rats?   Is .40 to big for tree rats? EmptyFebruary 2nd 2014, 11:31 am

Take head shots.

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PostSubject: Re: Is .40 to big for tree rats?   Is .40 to big for tree rats? EmptyFebruary 2nd 2014, 12:12 pm

Anything other than a head shot will guarantee that you have no meat left over....if you're very hungry you can still eat the head after taking a body shot though  Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Is .40 to big for tree rats?   Is .40 to big for tree rats? EmptyFebruary 2nd 2014, 1:49 pm

Ain't much edible left if you shoot one in the butt with a .32 either.
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PostSubject: Re: Is .40 to big for tree rats?   Is .40 to big for tree rats? EmptyFebruary 2nd 2014, 1:59 pm

Head shots only, got it! t up
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PostSubject: Re: Is .40 to big for tree rats?   Is .40 to big for tree rats? EmptyFebruary 10th 2014, 1:48 pm

Not sure how big your squirrels are there. But even a .32 will damage meat. If I can't seem to wait for a head shot I will "midsection" shoot one. Theres nothing in the chest to eat anyways. Most meat being the hind quarters and shoulders.
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PostSubject: Re: Is .40 to big for tree rats?   Is .40 to big for tree rats? EmptyFebruary 10th 2014, 4:18 pm

.... and back.  Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Is .40 to big for tree rats?   Is .40 to big for tree rats? EmptyFebruary 11th 2014, 8:07 pm

Thanks for the tips and I'm still deciding what to get.
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