.22 "rat shot" cartridges as dog deterent?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mooman, May 12, 2008.

  1. mooman

    mooman Dirty Egg Eater

    Apr 9, 2008
    Marietta, SC
    I have not lost any chickens to dogs yet, but I do see some strays down in my field once in a while. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before the chickens come across thier path. I love dogs and would have a very hard time shooting one, without giving it some warning. If the worst happens I was thinking about using "rat shot" in my .22 as a non lethal deterant (the first time at least). Thinking the noise and sting combined might work better than pellet or paintball. I've heard the range is woefully short (even when using it on rats) but all I want is for it to sting a little.

    Anybody used it on dogs?
  2. Darin115

    Darin115 Songster

    Apr 28, 2008
    Asheboro, NC
    It has very limited range. I doubt the dog will even know it is hit.

    I suggest using a CB round for your .22 rifle. You must get the .22 CB long rifle round. The short round has much more power for some reason. The long rifle round will give a definate sting to the dog.

    We used the 22 CB long rifle round for coon hunting. It just makes a really nasty whemp at 25 yards +. It will send the dog in a different direction. He will get the point.

    Do not walk up to the dog and shoot it point blank. It will kill it. Make sure you are 30 yards or so away from the dog. It has little report and you can actually see the bullet hit the target. It is a perfect round for what you are after.

    Please make sure you get the long rifle round and not the short. The short has more power even though it is a shorter cartridge. I know the longer one looks more powerful but it is not. Take my word for it. I learned from experience.

  3. gila_dog

    gila_dog Songster

    Aug 15, 2007
    New Mexico
    If all you want to do is inflict a bit of pain and fear, with no real damage done, I advise against any kind of firearm. .22 "rat shot", or birdshot from a shotgun, can easily blind a dog if you hit him in the face. A .22 CB round has the primer charge painted on the inside of the base of the cartridge, but no powder. They are pretty wimpy but could still make a nasty wound or break a bone. I think a pellet rifle may even have more power than a CB round.

    A paintball gun is probably the best thing for busting a dog without really injuring him. It hurts BAD, isn't too hard to shoot accurately, and is quiet. Try to hit him in the butt or the ribs, not the head or face. Personally I use a slingshot with marbles for ammo. But that takes a lot of practice to be able to hit anything.
  4. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    Sling shot is by far the best way to go. In no case do you want to break the skin. If you do, you can cause an
    infection and/or death.
  5. jaku

    jaku Songster

    I definitely wouldn't use any .22 round. A BB gun works great. A paintball gun would be even better. If any of them aren't actually strays, the owner would possibly get the hint when the dog came home.

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