View Poll Results: What is the experienced Alaskan's go-to cartridge for Red Squirrel defense?

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  • Daisy Red Ryder BB gun

    2 4.00%
  • .177 pellet gun

    11 22.00%
  • .22 pellet gun

    1 2.00%
  • .25 pellet gun

    0 0%
  • .22 CB Short

    1 2.00%
  • .22 CB Long

    1 2.00%
  • .22 LR

    20 40.00%
  • .338 Win Mag

    2 4.00%
  • .375 H&H

    5 10.00%
  • 12 gauge / Brenneke slugs

    7 14.00%
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Thread: Interior Red Squirrel Cartridge Poll

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    Default Interior Red Squirrel Cartridge Poll

    What would be your go-to cartridge for Red Squirrel defense?
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    458WM for sure.
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    Well, it depends - are you talking about a predatory attack, one where you might be surprised by a hungry squirrel while field dressing a moose, or having to follow a wounded squirrel into heavy brush in order to finish it off? For worst case scenarios, I'm thinking that a .416 would be a minimum - but that should probably be way stepped up as long as the hunter isn't a pansy who flinches with high recoil rounds.


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    The worst are the ones foraging for nuts just as your doing your morning business hung over a down log.Best to have that big short handgun ready. Also if you like to eat sunflower seeds while walking check your six often.
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    I flinch at the sound of one hand clapping so no big boomers for me...

    The .22 CB Short works fine as long as I shoot them in the earhole on the run....which of course I can since I channel Annie Oakley AND have a Y Chromosome...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hodgeman View Post
    I flinch at the sound of one hand clapping so no big boomers for me...

    The .22 CB Short works fine as long as I shoot them in the earhole on the run....which of course I can since I channel Annie Oakley AND have a Y Chromosome...

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    Well, I seem to have stumbled upon differing information, from a far better source. I checked a fish and game website, and they told me a 270 would work just fine. After i'm done with this tapatalk message down here at the country club, I will refer you heathens to the contradicting information. With the 416, barrel length (between 20-24") is a very important consideration. The higher ballistic coefficient and the higher sectional density of 27 caliber bullets, they will work much better at 400 yds.

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    It'd depend on what caliber my guide was backing me up with......
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    I am from our of state, do I need a guide for Reds or can my second cousins brothers niece act as my guide? I have a 458 Socom AR platform with 7 lasers and a flir scope with two 100 round drums so I have the gun part figured out.
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    I think F&G suggests squirrel spray.
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    I have had only bluff charges, so no need for my 20mm. The old depleted uranium is ready to get some when the need arises.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR2 View Post
    I am from our of state, do I need a guide for Reds or can my second cousins brothers niece act as my guide? I have a 458 Socom AR platform with 7 lasers and a flir scope with two 100 round drums so I have the gun part figured out.
    Unless you want to fly all that meat home, you can donate to the locals. I mean they're obviously too ignorant to know how to hunt for themselves.
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    Be sure you choose the correct load for the terrain you will be hunting, or you may find yourself in an embarrassing situation as I posted here:
    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...ying-squirrels

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    Obviously, the correct weapon for this situation could have effected the outcome and saved this hunter's reputation.
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    Again, the poll has inadvertently left out common squirrel hunting cartridges. The 20x128b used in the Lahti and Solothurn seem to be missing. Heres a photo of me on my last "big red hunt".Lahti 20mm.jpg
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    Do you recommend a bolt action, lever action or semi? I'm concerned with an auto jamming in the middle of a red squirrel charge a 60 below zero. A bolt gun would probably work but capacity has me worried especially in a a tikka. Maybe a pre 64 Winchester so I can disassemble the bolt in the field when it gets full of silt from falling in the river.what to do?
    Do you carry a big bore handgun when you are hunting reds? I've heard they will advance on a gunshot or upon hearing the crinkling of cellophane wrapped cashews. Only in Kodiak of course...
    I have a friend who just got a big red and I think he said it squared out to like 8" no kidding! Used one of the front chisel teeth to make a **** fine clam shovel he did. Used the other tooth for a brake on his dogsled. Shot his with a .458 Win mag and had to break him down from the shoulders to plant him. Took 6 rounds too! Dangerous up here in the woods I tell ya! Every time I hear that chirping bark I get the shivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunbugs View Post
    Again, the poll has inadvertently left out common squirrel hunting cartridges. The 20x128b used in the Lahti and Solothurn seem to be missing. Heres a photo of me on my last "big red hunt".Lahti 20mm.jpg
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    that fella is about to get a tire shoved up his bum.............

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    Nah, my toes dig in like a climbing axe. It does "scoot" you around a bit, though.
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    My pick is the .17HMR...... the .22 CB long if it needs to be done quietly.

    How did the .17HMR get left out of the poll?

    BTW, it turns little tundra rats inside-out. I imagine it would do the same to an interior red.
    Now what ?

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    closest weapon at hand, the 10/22 was closest to the door when this one stalked us near the house.
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