For assembly/disassembly of a Ruger MKIII, eh? I have the bull-barrel version of that and, yep, it shoots a lot more accurately than I do.
Damn thing puts the bullet exactly where I'm aiming at the moment it fires. Problem is: I'm not always aiming where I think I am. Close, within an inch or so, but the damn gun won't correct for my error.
------------------------------------------- He that will not apply new remedies, must expect new evils: for Time is the greatest innovator: and if Time, of course, alter things to the worse, and wisdom and counsel shall not alter them to the better, what shall be the end?
Francis Bacon (1561-1626), English philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Innovations" (1597-1625).
Hey Leon - dumb question from the other side of the world.......just interested - what do you do with the squirrels meat/pet food/pelts???? The tiny squirells we have here (Australia) are introduced and very few and very far between. Cheers.
I'll let Leon speak for himself, but this squirrel hunter likes the young ones fried, and the older ones either braised or in stew (the original American recipe for Brunswick stew is made with squirrel). After dressing and skinning them, you cut them into quarters. No, they don't taste like chicken. The older, braised ones taste a lot like turkey dark meat. The younger ones taste more like rabbit.
As for the rest of them, I used to save the tails for use in fly tying. The squirrel-tail streamer is a common wet fly that we use in eastern trout streams. I collected so many tails that I have a lifetime supply, and I don't keep them anymore.
BTW, like Leon, I lived in Michigan and hunted squirrels with a handgun (a Ruger Single-Six revolver) when I lived there, 35 years ago. We can't use handguns where I live now and it's a lot less interesting.
Used to eat them. My Dad liked them a whole lot more than I did. Nothing wrong with the meat, I'm just not big on eating meat. I would classify the meat as dark meat, similar to a chicken/turkey leg or ham. I wouldn't dispute Ed's comments concerning the meat.
Most of what I got were Fox and sometimes a few Grays depending on where I was hunting. The Fox squirrel is slightly larger.
Hunting with a pistol takes a lot of patience and passing up marginal shots/opportunities. If I really wanted to bag some I took one of my scoped rifles along :)