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I'd never tried it before until yesterday but found it to be alright. We had a double-barreled 20-ga. along and my Savage .22 with a 4X scope on it. I could only shoot the birds that were sitting in trees but there were enough that didn't fly for me to bag three. All were head or neck shots at 25-40 yards and seemed like really clean kills. They just fell to the ground dead and obviously there was no shot to pick out or ruin the meat. I'm not a serious bird hunter anyway so it's more like practice for hooved animals for me. My friend bagged two more but he also wounded a couple and couldn't retrieve them. So I think the .22 in timber is as good a choice.
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Well done, good way to save meat.  Sometimes they act really dumb and will sit on a branch right in front of you.  Othertimes they take off like a rocket when you approach.  Very good eating.
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I always used my 45 auto with bird shot in it, and once in a while a bow when I am feeling accurate.  Mountain grouse is a good bird to eat, but sage grouse I can pass on.

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90% of the birds we encounter are ruffed grouse with a few spruce thrown in.  Sharptails are found farther north.
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Best bush/bird (grouse) gun i've ever used was/is a savage .22 over 20ga. Real short thing, you could walk along holding it by the pistol grip and the barrel was about 8 to 10 inchs from the ground. tough SOB too.  
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The .22 is amazing weapon and is a great hunting gun for smaller game. I use it myself on ranges from 20yds to ca 70yds and have bagged a lot of meat. I agree, it does not damage the meat, and assures a quick kill. That is - if you hit at all. But that is the fun of it.
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I generally carry my little Ruger Single-Six .22 just for that grouse purpose when deer or elk hunting. Its a lot more of a challenge to head-shoot them with the revolver than with my little .22 rifle, but if I miss, I miss.
Sometimes they are truly sitters, as I once bagged a Montana Franklin with a pine cone.
Ditto's on eating sage hens. Some may like that heavy sage flavor, but I do not. We have tried most everything including boiling them for three or four days in ragu to no avail.
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I am not much of a bird shooter myself, but have hunted ducks and geese with a .22 a long time ago. It was real fun then, so it was nice to read your story.
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