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Terry Lightle

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You are now addicted,hive killed a ton of squirrels but not with a flintlock.Gonna finish sighting my 32 in Tuesday,congrats
 

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Let's see, I've killed squirrels with .32, .36, .45, and .58; and it does depend on where you hit 'em - and powder charge. I now only use a .32 or .36 and have recently leaned more toward my .36. Being exclusively a flintlock hunter I agree it's hard to beat a small bore flint rifle in the squirrel woods.
 
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I think the 32 kills squirrels all out of proportion to its size, the soft lead 32 hits the squirrels head bones and causes massive damage.
I think its the perfect squirrel gun.
 

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Ideal in my book is .25-.36 with a very low charge. For some it’s a Smoothbore. A Smoothbore is second by a nose to me. It’s all a blast.
where would I find a 25 CAL. muzzleloader to shoot tree rats?
 

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when you are pusching 80 yrs, you will fine that a shot gun is the way to go. the eyes rely fail!
 

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where would I find a 25 CAL. muzzleloader to shoot tree rats?
I have only see one .25 caliber BP rifle, and it was a Cooper and it was rather expensive. I took an old .22 barrel, cut it off ahead of the breech and drilled and tapped the breach for a breech plug. I then drilled and tapped the barrel for a drum & nipple arrangement. Took and old CVA stock and lock to make my short range tree rat shooter. I use 30 grain Air rifle slugs over 5 grains of 4f to get dime sized groups at 25 yards. I only wish I had made this gun as a flint lock, but the percussion arrangement was a much easier build.
 

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I have only see one .25 caliber BP rifle, and it was a Cooper and it was rather expensive. I took an old .22 barrel, cut it off ahead of the breech and drilled and tapped the breach for a breech plug. I then drilled and tapped the barrel for a drum & nipple arrangement. Took and old CVA stock and lock to make my short range tree rat shooter. I use 30 grain Air rifle slugs over 5 grains of 4f to get dime sized groups at 25 yards. I only wish I had made this gun as a flint lock, but the percussion arrangement was a much easier build.
Now that is an awesome idea. Gonna have to try that after completion of the other gazillion BP projects before it.
 

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where would I find a 25 CAL. muzzleloader to shoot tree rats?
You won’t find one on a shelf but any of the custom barrel guys can make em. Cost is comparable to a good factory barrel. I have a .25 and .29 barrel going on a couple guns as we speak. FFI barrels is who makes a lot of my custom stuff but Hoyt or any of the guys can do it.
 
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You won’t find one on a shelf but any of the custom barrel guys can make em. Cost is comparable to a good factory barrel. I have a .25 and .29 barrel going on a couple guns as we speak. FFI barrels is who makes a lot of my custom stuff but Hoyt or any of the guys can do it.
thank you sir for the reply.
 

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Haha. No, actually that was a particularly warm day and I had to skin them and ice them as I went. I like taking pictures of all of them hung out in a string best, but I had to get that meat taken care of. The tails kind of made an interesting picture though, I thought.
 

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