Semi-Live Squirrel Season Thread

kilerhamilton

Twelve Pointer
They were working the hickories and white oaks today. About half taken on the ground and half in the trees. Great temps this morning, got hot and stifling this afternoon with the misquotes. Thermacell helped.

Closest shot 12 yards, furtherest probably 35 yards. First limit on opening week in a while.






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Tell us about that gun rig. I likey


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Natebonebusta

Eight Pointer
Tell us about that gun rig. I likey


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It’s one of the most accurate CZ 455’s I’ve ever fired. I’m running Eley Edge which has sadly been discontinued. Scope is a Vortex Strike Eagle 6-24, bit chunky but great holdovers if you want to range out. Ruger Silent SR can, good components no first round pop. I believe that about covers it.

Here’s a 10 shot group at 50 yards after a leade scrub and dry bore swab. First shot was low which is expected after a clean.



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appmtnhntr

Twelve Pointer
It’s one of the most accurate CZ 455’s I’ve ever fired. I’m running Eley Edge which has sadly been discontinued. Scope is a Vortex Strike Eagle 6-24, bit chunky but great holdovers if you want to range out. Ruger Silent SR can, good components no first round pop. I believe that about covers it.

Here’s a 10 shot group at 50 yards after a leade scrub and dry bore swab. First shot was low which is expected after a clean.



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This is how I feel. Jealous.
Nate is my squirrel hunter spirit animal.
 

QBD2

Old Mossy Horns
Of course I was looking a turkey, but yesterday morn was perfect for skirling...no idea how many I slipped up on. Leaves were damp enough to be quiet, but dry enough to give them away, and plenty of shadows to stay in(y)
 

Lee

Four Pointer
Nate,
I see the Eley Edge is a flat nose bullet. Does the flat nose play a part in your selection or is it all about accuracy?

My new CZ 457 likes SK Match ammo, but after Saturday I probably wouldn't hunt with it again. I made a couple of 50 yard shots and was disappointed in the result. I had to follow up with a second shot to get them to fall. That doesn't happen with CCI Mini Mag Hp's. Then again I don't shoot at 50 yards with CCI.

I want to try Eley subsonic Hp's, but all I can find online for sale is a 500 round brick for $99. That's a lot of ammo if my particular rifle doesn't like it.
 

Natebonebusta

Eight Pointer
Nate,
I see the Eley Edge is a flat nose bullet. Does the flat nose play a part in your selection or is it all about accuracy?

My new CZ 457 likes SK Match ammo, but after Saturday I probably wouldn't hunt with it again. I made a couple of 50 yard shots and was disappointed in the result. I had to follow up with a second shot to get them to fall. That doesn't happen with CCI Mini Mag Hp's. Then again I don't shoot at 50 yards with CCI.

I want to try Eley subsonic Hp's, but all I can find online for sale is a 500 round brick for $99. That's a lot of ammo if my particular rifle doesn't like it.
This is the question we are always trying to solve as squirrel hunters. I need the most accurate, lethal, quiet, ammo I can get. Seems manufacturers are turning their sights towards the NRL and PRL long range rimfire games. I want the accuracy but I need an HP or a meplat flat nose projectile.

To answer the question, yes the flat nose does play a role in why I picked Edge along with its accuracy potential. Next up in Eley’s line up would be Team that carries the same flat nose EPS. That’s their terminology for the bullet shape.

I’ll also agree that cci mini mags don’t group well for me at 50 yards either.

Two routes you can go:

Try Sk flat nose match or

If you have a reloading press get a Neal Waltz die so you can hollow point or flat nose your own ammo.

The die is fantastic and I use it for Sk standard plus to add a HP for better results and less crawl off.

Whatever you do, DO NOT I repeat DO NOT order Eley Subsonic White Box ammo!!! It does not shoot like the green box Eley subs of old. There’s not another HP subsonic round on the market that is accurate enough to match that of old green box Eley subs. It’s quite unfortunate.


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Natebonebusta

Eight Pointer
Thanks Nate! You just saved me $100
That $100 would be better spent on higher quality ammo such as the Sk flat nose match or Sk pistol match. CZ’s tend to favor Lapua/sk ammo since they are manufactured by the same outfit.

For the Eley line the baseline for me now is Eley Team. I really hate Eley removed the lot analyzer tool from their site. It came in handy lots of times.


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nccatfisher

Old Mossy Horns
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This is the question we are always trying to solve as squirrel hunters. I need the most accurate, lethal, quiet, ammo I can get. Seems manufacturers are turning their sights towards the NRL and PRL long range rimfire games. I want the accuracy but I need an HP or a meplat flat nose projectile.

To answer the question, yes the flat nose does play a role in why I picked Edge along with its accuracy potential. Next up in Eley’s line up would be Team that carries the same flat nose EPS. That’s their terminology for the bullet shape.

I’ll also agree that cci mini mags don’t group well for me at 50 yards either.

Two routes you can go:

Try Sk flat nose match or

If you have a reloading press get a Neal Waltz die so you can hollow point or flat nose your own ammo.

The die is fantastic and I use it for Sk standard plus to add a HP for better results and less crawl off.

Whatever you do, DO NOT I repeat DO NOT order Eley Subsonic White Box ammo!!! It does not shoot like the green box Eley subs of old. There’s not another HP subsonic round on the market that is accurate enough to match that of old green box Eley subs. It’s quite unfortunate.


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I may be way off base but hasn't Eley been bought out since they were producing the old green box ammo? I used to shoot it and It was absolutely the best stuff out there in that price range for years. Then it was gone, when they came back out with the white box I was elated and proceeded to buy a case and upon shooting just a few rounds sick. I believe I did a little checking at the time and found out that they had been bought out, or so my feeble memory is telling me that was the case.
 

Natebonebusta

Eight Pointer
I may be way off base but hasn't Eley been bought out since they were producing the old green box ammo? I used to shoot it and It was absolutely the best stuff out there in that price range for years. Then it was gone, when they came back out with the white box I was elated and proceeded to buy a case and upon shooting just a few rounds sick. I believe I did a little checking at the time and found out that they had been bought out, or so my feeble memory is telling me that was the case.
You could be right. I don’t really know if they are owned by a conglomerate or they are still the original company.

Sick certainly describes the feeling after shooting white box Eley subs. I honestly can’t believe they let them out of the factory as bad as lack of accuracy I’ve experienced.

At best it’s steel plinking ammo. Such a shame. I mentioned the lack of accuracy in last years video, and have hunted twice this year and already mentioned it in this years video….


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