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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jmc, Oct 11, 2010.
are they good for anything re. protecting your flock?
would one recommend one?
I use a Crossman Storm XT. Its great for rats, squirrels, cats, and will even take a rabbit. Nice and quiet too. <wink> $109.00 at Wal Mart with a scope. No pumping.
I have a Gamo "Big Cat" pellet gun.
I have killed rabbits with it at about 30 yards. I also use it to dispatch opposums and raccoons that I catch in live traps. It is quiet as well.
I have one 1200 psi.... haven't killed anything with it (or tried, I should say) except two chicks that needed to be put out of their misery. Worked very well for that. Quick and easy. And not THAT quiet.
Yep, I have one.. Works pretty effectively at killing possom's, and I use it to "pepper" a dog to send him home without very bad injury.
Ahhh. Air rifles. I've had a Sheridan Blue Streak .20 cal since I was 14 and I'm 41 now. The same rifle. I rebuilt the seals once when I was about 35. I've taken countless squirrels, birds, rabbits, snakes and ferral cats with this rifle. It has to be pumped several times for each shot, but it's fairly easy if your health is good.
Also I treat airguns the same as I treat a real weapon. It can be deadly to humans. They are not toys. So be careful of where your shot goes.
If I had to buy an air rifle again I would try the Gamo that has the permanently attached silencer on it.(google it)
I have a single pump chineese one that I picked up at a flea mkt it's plenty strong ( will shoot through a metal trash can) but the trigger pull is so hard that it's not all that accurate , got to pull out the guts of the trigger to see if I can make the pull lighter .
When I lived in town I had a Crossman, took cats, that was the only thing bothering the chickens. Now that I live out of town I use anything that comes to hand from .22 to a 12 gauge. The Crossman I gave to a woman in town who has Bantys and she has made good use of it. The caliber was .17.
X2 on the Gamo Big Cat....awesome riffle! have taken numerous rabbits on it....
I recommend a Benjamin .22 caliber pump. They will kill some predators. Shot placement is critical. One plus is their silent. Personally, I have killed coons, possums, rabbits, birds,skunks & snakes. There great for shooting up close. There similar to a regular .22 up close. I've never done it but if you get a good shot off you could kill a fox's & definitely make a bobcat run off & probably die. One other positive you can shoot beer cans for practice without spending a fortune on bullets. If you get one don't over pump it & get bullets that are aerodynamic meaning not blunt tips for better accuracy & kill ratio.