Will a pellet/BB gun kill a rat?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Sphinx, Mar 15, 2013.


    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Yup, Well my pellet gun kills rats
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    A .22 can travel up to a mile-and they can ricochet off the ground, make **** sure it's not going to hit anyone rather than being worried that someone will hear it and you'll get arrested.

    A pellet gun will kill a rat easy, if you can hit it :D there was thread not long ago with videos of someone shooting them-alot of them!- with a night scope.
  3. Sphinx

    Sphinx Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2010

    I'd love a recommendation with links if possible.
  4. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2013
    Northern Wisconsin
    First of all, shooting rats is little more than cheap entertainment. You will not curb their population that way, poison and/or trapping is the only thing to seriously drop their numbers especially if you have a farm nearby, you are likely dealing with a healthy rat population. Also they can get wise to shooting, I have opened the window and shot one under the bird feeder before and after you do it once or twice the others start to get smart and run when they hear or see the window crank open. I would use a bucket trap, fill bucket just under half full with water and sprinkle feed so it floats on top, the rats will fall in and can't get out eventually drowning. You can cover the bucket with chicken wire to keep chickens out but rats can go through the wire. There are examples of these traps on youtube.

    As far as the bb/pellet gun, I would suggest a Crossman 2100 Classsic type pump up model or anything better than that like the stronger break action or pump up Benjamin Sheridan models. You will not want a Daisy Red Ryder type bb gun, they don't shoot very accurately and aren't too strong. Another option to consider since you have a .22 is to look around for some CB caps, they are a short 22 shell they don't have much gunpowder, only a primer and small charge, make no sound other than the click of your firing pin hitting the shell casing. They are around the strength of a good pellet gun and I believe more accurate as they are coming out of your rifled 22 barrel rather than a cheap smoothbore bb/pellet rifle. Get the 22 cb caps or cb shorts, not the cb longs, That would be your cheapest route.

    Here is a link to she shells I am talking about, only 710 feet per second: http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1301376838/cci-ammunition-22-cb-short-29-grain-lead-round-nose

    These shells aren't strong enough to cycle a semi auto 22 but can still be fired through them or any other 22lr rimfire by manually loading them into the chamber.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2013
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  5. Marrow

    Marrow New Egg

    Mar 24, 2013
    Bucket traps are pretty effective for Rats I use a plastic 55 gallon drum instead of a bucket because I had some huge rats. Then if you want to shoot them anyway it is like shooting rats in a barrel.
  6. FenikT

    FenikT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2012
    If you decide to go w/ the .177 cal pellet route, I'd recommend a break barrel action gun (only have to pull barrel down and snap back into place once to energize it). Look for one w/ velocity in excess of 1000 FPS, which should provide plenty of zip. They make break barrel .22 cal pellet rifles as well.

    If you have a .22 cal rifle, the previous poster's recommend for 22CB ammo is great as well. While the velocity is only btwn 700-800 FPS, the mass of the round is considerably more than a .177 pellet. You could probably knock a boar coon down fairly easy w/ that, let alone a silly rat.

    BTW, buying a silencer for a .22 rifle is more trouble than its worth. First, if your barrel isn't threaded, then you'd have to get an adapter, pay big $$$, and register it w/ the ATF and pay them big $$$ to do so. Just go w/ a pellet rifle.
  7. jeepgirl13

    jeepgirl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2013
    We have a break barrel .177 pellet rifle. We hunt rabbit with it. Ours shoots faster than a .22. I use it for pest control also. They make bullets for the. 22 that are completely silent too. All you hear is the hammer fall. My friend has them.
  8. Hillschicks

    Hillschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2012
    A .22 doesnt sound like a gun anyway... Keep it to one shot and its just one small crack... If your neighbors are really nosey, smack a piece of wood with a hammer a few times after that, they'll assume that must have been the noise they heard
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  9. jeepgirl13

    jeepgirl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2013
    Lmao! They do sound the same almost. I can just picture it. "No I'm not shooting. The guns just there for looks. I'm actually building. See?" *hold up a block of wood and hammer* sad part it the majority of people would buy it
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  10. Hillschicks

    Hillschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2012
    Lol... Innocent until proven guilty... The burden of proof is on them

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