Want To Step Up Your Ammo? You Need To Read This First

Choosing the type of firearm to hunt with is one of the first and most important choices you’ll make as a hunter. The choice over whether a shotgun is better than a rifle (and vice versa) has been debated time and time again but why not add one more opinion into the mix?

I will give you my personal recommendation, compare the pro and cons of each firearm and hopefully assist you in making your decision.

For simplicity purposes when I use the word SHOTGUN, I will encompass many version of this gun such as the .410, 12 gauge and 20 gauge. On the flip side, when I reference RIFLES, I am referring to the basics such as powerful air rifles, .22’s and .177’s.



-less accuracy required to hit target

-easier to hit moving targets

-less bullet trajectory (this equates to safer hunting if missing a target when hunting in smaller areas or where the terrain is unknown i.e. are there houses close by, a road over that hill, etc)

-better suited to aggressive hunters or hunters that like to move around from place to place or stalk hunt

-quicker and easier shot picture acquiring due to larger shot picture

-can be more effective in heavy cover when leaves hide the squirrels more


-likely to get shot pellets in the meat

-can destroy the meat and fur (in case there is interest in drying or tanning the hide)

-not scope friendly

-can be heavier to carry than a rifle

-ammo cost is usually greater

-louder report – potentially scarring away near by squirrels

-more recoil



-quieter – may not spook nearby squirrels

-longer range for projectile

-less recoil

-more accurate shots

-preserves meat better with accurate shooting (head/shoulder shots)

-no shot pellets to pick out of the meat

-can add a scope

-usually better for “sit and wait” hunters

-usually lighter to carry than shotguns

-ammo is usually cheaper to buy

-easier to carry plenty of ammo due to small size

-great practice for other game shooting (deer, etc)

CON’S: 303 British ammo

-larger bullet trajectory – can travel a mile+ or more if not obstructed (be careful in areas if you don’t know what’s around you)

-decreased accuracy if you must shoot quickly or at a moving target (squirrels are notorious for being twitchy and energetic)

-have to “zero” and maintain scope (if utilized)

-more chalking to shoot and miss more often

-Use the information above to help you decide which of the two types would work best for you.


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