Whatcha working on, Skychief?
Well, I would love to have a smoothbore for squirrel hunting especially in the early season (August 15 through September), when the foliage is thick and the greys are dancing in the treetops. A lot of the timber that I hunt is very tall including the hickories. The greys are generally 30 yards or much higher in the trees at this time of the year and the greys seldom sit long enough for a comfortable rifle shot. The foliage makes it all the tougher as one can spot a squirrel, but, many times has no idea what part of the squirrel is seen. :shocked2:
So, I have an "itch" that needs some scratchin'. :haha:
I know I want a flinter that can reach up there reliably and would love to keep things as traditional as possible (read:unchoked), if possible.
My 12 gauge that I use on turkey, loaded as for turkey, can't touch many of the early-season greys here. Hence my query. I may find that a choked gun is my only solution. :idunno:
And yes, I know that I could take only those that wander down from the heights on occasion. Still, I know how rarely these squirrels do that in these mature hardwoods here during August and September.
I appreciate all the thoughts fellows and please add more if you will.
A thought occurs to me in all the research I have done regarding cylinder bored smoothbores. It seems that no matter if the gauge is 10 or 12, or the caliber 58 or 54.....all the patterns seem to dwindle to reliably kill squirrel past a magical ~20 yard range. :hmm: It is something to marvel at. :surrender:
All comments welcomed regarding my search for a 30+ yard squirrel gun. :bow: