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 Post subject: Sight check for squirrels
PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:32 am 

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Getting ready for some squirrel hunting and thought I'd check my sights first. Due to a weak acorn crop I haven't seen many this year though, so I may not actually get a shot at one. Making one hold still long enough to get a good aim is the hard part.
Rifle is my .40 Caliber Lancaster flintlock that I built for turkeys several years ago.
I made up these targets to simulate shooting at the real thing. The bull is quarter size and at 30 yards it's mighty hard to see with 65 year old eyes.


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 Post subject: Re: Sight check for squirrels
PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:49 am 

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Nice shooting there! Even better w/Iron sights, and using a muzzleloader Darkhorse!!

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 Post subject: Re: Sight check for squirrels
PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:08 am 

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That's pretty darned cool right there! Great shooting and good luck in the squirrel woods.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:51 am 
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Awesome !

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 Post subject: Re: Sight check for squirrels
PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:58 am 

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With a flintlock? Enviable shooting. Afraid my eyes just aren't good enough anymore (if they ever were) to even aspire to such shots.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:20 am 

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Dr. Mike, when I first started shooting in muzzleloader competitions around 1976, I was shooting a .54 caliber and could often see my bullet holes at 100 yards when the light was right. I still have excellent long range vision for my age, close up not so good. I wish I had those young eyes back again.

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 Post subject: Re: Sight check for squirrels
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:26 am 

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Ah, yes, I remember a day when I could see the bullet holes at 100 yards from my 35 calibre rifles. Without optical assistance, I can't see even 45 calibre holes today! I still shoot quite accurately, but without solid optics, it would not look near as pretty. Minute of moose, without a doubt. Squirrel? Maybe not so much.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:13 pm 

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It's all good Dr. Mike. The difference between shooting moose and shooting squirrels with a flintlock is with the squirrel, you just got to "aim smaller and miss smaller"

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 Post subject: Re: Sight check for squirrels
PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:23 pm 

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Darkhorse wrote:
It's all good Dr. Mike. The difference between shooting moose and shooting squirrels with a flintlock is with the squirrel, you just got to "aim smaller and miss smaller"


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