I’m taking it easy on the squirrels on my property this year, which is why it has taken me until today to shoot one. I was on my back deck doing some long range shooting when I noticed a movement out of the corner of my eye. There was a squirrel 45 yards away resting on a limb in the shade. His tail was dangling down, which is what attracted my attention.
The scope I recently reviewed is still performing well and my calculated holdover, combined with steadying my shot on the deck rail, sent my Crosman Premier Ultra Magnum .22 pellet right through the squirrel’s fuse box. It took awhile for me to find him among all the weeds and leaves:
This is the first squirrel I’ve taken with my B3-3 after extensive modifications. These pellets average 565 fps at the muzzle. You might notice the white plastic part on the end of the underlever. It is a new magnetic catch that I’ve been developing with my 3d printer.
I turned the squirrel over to see if there was an exit wound. No, but the pellet smashed through the other side of the skull and came to rest right under the skin just behind the nose:
With the temperatures being just under 90*F, I quickly skinned and cleaned the squirrel so I could get the meat cooling in the refrigerator. Once that chore was done, I came back to see what 5.82 FPE of impact energy would do to a squirrel. Part of the damage was seen when I was rinsing the carcass. I noticed that part of the backbone appeared to be broken. This is probably due to the angle of the shot pushing the head forward. Here’s the entry wound:
The lower jaw was broken and the eye on this side was slightly bulged out. I continued to skin the skull to reveal where the pellet exited the skull and came to rest just under the skin:
The pellet had taken at least a partial turn and exited the skull sideways before running out of steam. To give you an idea of the path the pellet took, I’ve inserted a wire into the skull:
This is all the result of careful modification, tuning, and many thousands of hours of shooting. I have learned to prize accuracy over power, and my heavily reworked B3-3 is among the most accurate rifles I’ve had the privilege to own. It only produces a hair over 10 FPE at the muzzle, but the fast shot cycle, shot to shot consistency, and good barrel makes up for the lack of power.