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Recommendations for a pellet gun.

7/1/16 @ 1:05 AM
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big mac
MEMBER since 2/19/02

The area around my cabin is being overrun by squirrels & racoons! I am looking for recommendations for a good quality pellet rifle. Most shots will be within 10 yards. 

Thanks, 

Big Mac 

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10/11/16 @ 9:52 AM
JamesD
JamesD
MEMBER since 2/16/04

Had to chime in late after reading previous posts. Go with a .20 or .22 caliber pellet gun for the pests you're dealing with. I went with .22 cal. and found lots of pellet choices locally and more online. "Springers" are the break barrel single shot guns, that will give you the best bang (or quiet pop) for your buck but, they have a recoil (both front and back) that beats up on any scope you choose. Try iron sights if your scope stops working for you. I put a peep on the back of mine and slipped a "hood"over the front sight and, in the end, found it more accurate than my scope. A borrowed multi-pump Sheridan in.20 cal did the trick for this bunny that was in my garden. I clean and eat the small game I shoot. That's why I buy a license.

7/26/16 @ 10:41 AM
Tim Zwieg
User since 1/10/12

They are pretty much similar to each other.  I've got a Gamo .177 with a scope.  My dad has one too.  They are the break barrell single pump essentially, 1200 fps.  I live in the city, and it is not uncommon to walk in my house and  find this baby near a door or window ready to go.  I have taken chipmunks, squirrels and rabbits that are all pain in the but.  I went to my dads house one day, and he is 82 years old, he had a piel of 10 dead squirrels laying near his garbage can.

7/12/16 @ 5:32 AM
Master_Piker
Master_Piker
User since 12/7/05

Nope. Mine says 'F4'...it, too, is rated for 1200 fps with alloy pellets, but I shoot lead pellets, which run about 1050 fps or so. Either way...ground squirrels at 30 yards don't have time to duck!

7/9/16 @ 12:05 PM
bassmaster+recordracks
bassmaster+recordracks
User since 2/25/12

Mater piker that is not the stealth model? I like the ruger walmart has on their site. 1200 ft per sec and silencair 5 chamber noise dampener

7/9/16 @ 12:29 AM
Master_Piker
Master_Piker
User since 12/7/05

I bought a Crosman F4 (aka Crosman Fire) at Walmart yesterday morning for $89. Its a Nitro Piston model that shoots about 1,000 fps with lead dome pellets. It came with a cheap 4x32 scope that I didn't use because I had a better one at the house. I sighted it in at 25 yards and it holds 1/2" groups if I do my part. I bought it for pest control as well. 13 line ground squirrel invasion and the rabbits that are eating my wife's kohlrabi in the garden. Already got a red squirrel and small rabbit, both one shot kills. For the money, I'm very pleased! Sounds like the accuracy gets better after 250-500 shots.

7/8/16 @ 10:40 PM
BROWNING 1972
User since 2/10/12

Go to moe hardware and some cb's

7/8/16 @ 8:50 PM
ditto
User since 12/6/10

As a kid I always used a Sheridan 5mm pump up pellet gun.  In addition to 100's of squirells and chipmunks I also shot a couple woodchucks and raccoons and they all died with head shots.  Hypothetically if I were to need to shoot in the city I would be using a 22 with a silencer on it and either sub-sonics or CB Longs.

7/8/16 @ 5:46 PM
tstoeger
Troy Stoeger
User since 4/2/02

Agreed! Anything above red squirrels and starlings and .22 is definitely the way to go. 

Troy Stoeger Guide Service
(920) 277-5578
7/8/16 @ 12:23 PM
fishingmaster1997
fishingmaster1997
User since 4/18/12

If your shooting raccoons, definitely go with a .22 over a .177

7/7/16 @ 6:28 PM
bassmaster+recordracks
bassmaster+recordracks
User since 2/25/12

Let me know how that shoots. Let me know how many break in shots it needs.

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