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#2984648 - 10/16/12 05:06 PM Re: ultimate small game/yote gun.... [Re: mr.big]
Hunter 257W
10 Point

Registered: 10/04/12
Posts: 2933
Loc: Franklin County

Kimberman said
"Then someone pointed out that it is illegal to shoot small game with a centerfire, so I scratched that idea. "

Isn't that only illegal during deer season? Regardless, I agree that the 22 Hornet is perfect for one gun that can be used for squirrels to coyotes with only an ammo change. If you are a bullet caster, it can duplicate 22LR really cheap too.

Another cartridge - although I admit it being an oddball nowdays - would be the 32-20. You can still get the recent runs of Marlin's 1894 so chambered in good used condition for $500 or therebouts. I've tried it on squirrels with a 115 grains Lyman flat nosed cast bullet loaded to about 1,280fps and it flat out knocks small game down and out without blowing them apart. I have no doubt it would kill coyotes reasonably well assuming a good hit.

All this though assumes you can get two loads that shoot close enough to the same point of impact to actually hit your target with both without adjusting the sights. Some guns do that while others won't. \:\)

#2984655 - 10/16/12 05:13 PM Re: ultimate small game/yote gun.... [Re: Hunter 257W]
Hunter 257W
10 Point

Registered: 10/04/12
Posts: 2933
Loc: Franklin County

Oh yeah, I had a comment on the original question about shooting 22LR and 22Mag in the same chamber. One of my 1st guns was a Squires Bingham (made in the Philippines) 22 Mag bolt action rifle. Being a kid, with limited money, I tried shooting 22LR and even Shorts and Longs (remember them??) in my 22Mag. They would fire but the cases would split most of the time. When you think about it, it is obvious that the 22MAg chamber is going to be larger in diameter because it uses a regular bullet that is full diameter all the way to the base and requiring the MAg case to be larger than the bullet. The 22LR uses a 'heeled' bullet which means the LR case is the same diameter as the bullet. The revolvers get around this since you change out the cylinders but you can't get past this in afixed chamber gun.

I vote for using the 22 Hornet for most people!

Edited by Hunter 257W (10/16/12 05:15 PM)
Edit Reason: clarify

#2986117 - 10/17/12 02:14 PM Re: ultimate small game/yote gun.... [Re: Hunter 257W]
David Sapp
4 Point

Registered: 08/11/05
Posts: 445
Loc: Signal Mtn

What about a 223 with a 22 LR insert? Could go deer to squirrel with that outfit pretty easily.

Edited by David Sapp (10/17/12 02:14 PM)

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