Squirrel Excursion

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    ebutch

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    Friday am, a cooler 26 degree morning, with a slight S wind around 5 mph. Sitting under a walnut tree walnut tree. Been sitting for about 40 mins, when I see the the flicker of a bushy tail. This beautiful grey squirrel climbed right up into a bush and gave me a perfect shot opportunity. I settled my sights at 20 yards with my .32 caliber Jim Kibler Southern Mountain Rifle, with 30 gr of 3F Swiss powder, a .15 pillow tick patch( I think), and a .310 hornady round ball. I squeezed the trigger, and she touched off without delay.. CRACK! When the smoke cleared, the squirrel was still sitting on the bush, and I thought I missed, after a long 4 seconds, plop it went and dropped from the bush. I don’t think he knew what hit him. Very beautiful grey and big . It’ll make a fine meal later this week. I might note, this is my first black powder kill and my first with a flintlock. My uncle is the one that got me into flintlocks and I’m sure glad he did. It’s because of him that I have caught the big and have had it for a couple years now. It was a hunt I will remember for the rest of my life.
     

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    Nice! Now go pop a bunny or two.
     
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    Awesome post!! Thanks for sharing and congrats!! Greg :)
     
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    Way to go! Squirrel hunting is a lot of fun.:thumb:
     
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    Neat.
     
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    Eric...congrats on your first flintlock kill! With your upcoming deer hunt I hope to see another hunt story here soon (kill or no kill). Was that at the Duck camp? Looks kinda marshy. I'll bet Dan is proud!!!

    Mike
     
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    Thanks, Mike! This is actually at my girlfriends parents property in NW IL. That patch I was sitting in had some marsh grass and pine trees around it.
     
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    Congratulations on your first muzzleloader animal, and with the flinter to boot! Well deserved congrats sir!!
    Walk
     
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    Congrats on your successful hunt. I have one more day of work and then 11 days of squirrel hunting now that deer tags are filled.
     
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    Wow! Your first BP kill and it with a flintlock! I remember my first kill; a fox squirrel I shot in East Texas with a .45 caliber percussion 'Kentucky' made by me out of a kit my brother's girl friend bought me for a Christmas present in 1977. I have never killed game with a flintlock; it seems a remarkable achievement with a first kill. I think you should stay with flintlocks; now that you've scored, cap guns will seem too tame. You will forever be aligned with that august company of riflemen who use only the rock-lock and disdain the use of any thing of lesser nobility. We humbly bow.
     
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    Yoon better get an' marry her!
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    BRIT KNOWS! Ya got Sat, Sun, Mon, Tuesday....4 days to get the ring.

    Photos too please (of the next squirrel at least)
     
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    It is in the works, but not for a couple years.
     
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    Excellent. Congratulations.
     
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    Congratulations! Those are beautiful rifles.
     
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    Congrats on the first of many more too come...

    Tell Uncle Dan , Smo said Hello and Merry Christmas too you all.

    Great looking gun and bag!
    Nice shot too!
     
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    Nice looking bag and rifle, squirrel looks good to. Did you build that rifle from one of Jim's kits?
     
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    Thanks Smo, will do. Happy holidays
     
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    Hey! Yes, it was one of his kits that I built. Well worth the price and very simple to put together. I am a very novice gun builder so being my first build, it was easy to follow the directions. Highly recommend one.
     
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    I was looking at his kits at Lewsbury, Pa., and they really got my attention. With other kits, I could take a $900 kit and build a $300 rifle. With that kit from Jim Kibler, I would make something to be proud of.
     

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