Reply To: Hanging up the HW30s for squirrel duty
I got a neg accuracy for not referencing my 5 FPE minimum.
I think it was the mighty Tom Gaylord (BB Pelletier), who talks a lot about squirrels on his blog. The nearest I can get with a search was this:
“Six hundred feet per second (about 6.5 fpe) is pretty slow for hunting squirrels with a .177. I know you said point blank range, which I interpret to mean you are shooting close — maybe 10 yards or less. If you were shooting a .22 at that velocity I’d say no problem, but a .177 is marginal.”
Smaug, your instinct appears well grounded.
The 30s is well regarded, as is the Vortek kit,but it appears difficult to get above 7.5 fpe, and if you succeed, it will likely lose its good, smooth manners.