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Old 02-18-2011, 06:41 PM
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Light loaded FMJ for squirrels?

If I loaded a 223 FMJ with a light charge of powder, would it still blow the heck out of squirrels? Has any one tried this? Is there anything I could do to hunt squirrels with my AR?
They taste great and I want the meat.

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Old 02-18-2011, 07:48 PM
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Re: Light loaded FMJ for squirrels?

Sure there is something you can do...as dad always said ''aim for the head, don't waste the meat.''
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:09 PM
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Re: Light loaded FMJ for squirrels?

Two guns I use. 20ga or my go to 410. Tried what you are wanting didn't work for me, could for you. Try Squirrel gravy on biscuits or toast. GOOD in the morrning.
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Old 02-19-2011, 03:04 PM
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Re: Light loaded FMJ for squirrels?

before you start messing around with light loads, make sure to get some good information on the loads themselves. you don't want to cause detonation. you may also have to use poly fill for a buffer.

i have not used my AR for squirrels (in Pa. i can't)

but for the amount of time and effort and possibly $ of loading .223 for the AR along with rezeroing or purchasing a seperate zeroed optic to put on and off, i'd sooner buy a dedicated .22lr upper.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:27 PM
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Re: Light loaded FMJ for squirrels?

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If I loaded a 223 FMJ with a light charge of powder, would it still blow the heck out of squirrels? Has any one tried this? Is there anything I could do to hunt squirrels with my AR?
They taste great and I want the meat.

Thanks
Ryan
Buy a rimfire upper for it. That would be the best way. And it's way cheaper to shoot.Lots quieter in the woods too.
Loaded down enough to take squirrels w/o too much damage you may get unacceptable pressure levels from .223 Rem. be very careful if you're gonna try it. And stick to headshots and be sure of your backstop. I'd try the .223 from a deer stand. You could take all your shots into the ground and as we all know, all a fella has to do to see squirrels is go climb a tree and wait for the deer.
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:50 AM
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Re: Light loaded FMJ for squirrels?

Get a 22 conversion unit for the AR. All you do is pull the bolt carrier group out and slip the 22 conversion unit in and you are shooting 22 long rifle. About one minute. Mine had a 10 round mag. Most outfits that sell ARs sell the conversion units. Mine is a Jonathan Ciener, works perfect.
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:56 AM
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Re: Light loaded FMJ for squirrels?

Try loading some pistol powers, they work in 30 cal loads you will have to search the net to find
more information.....
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