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Old March 13th, 2012, 10:59 AM   #1
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Default Best Pellet Gun for killing squirrels?

I had borrowed a gun, but returned it to the owner, I need to grab my own.

What's the best pellet gun under $200 or so to plink off these little rodents?
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Old March 13th, 2012, 11:10 AM   #2
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I've had one of these since I was a kid. Worked great, would definitely easily kill a squirrel. Only down size is that the C02 cartridge doesn't last all that long. Hell, if you were closer you could borrow the thing.

http://www.crosman.com/airguns/rifles/co2/1077
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Ruger with scope from sportsmans guide
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I use a savage bolt action 22 LR with out the scope. Shoot 22 shorts and it sounds like a BB gun. shoot 22 subsonics and it sounds like a pellet gun. If ya live in town not a good idea though. My dad and i rid the neighbor hood of squirrls one summer with a cheap crossman. One of those ones ya pump like 10 times, with a fixed 4x scope. Bought it at walmart as a package for like $150.00 back then. Got 17 tails that summer and neighbors were happy.
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The classic. http://www.airgundepot.com/cb9.html I think I am going to pick one of these up over a breakover model.

If you get one of the cheaper Gamos you are going to want to look into a trigger kit. The stock triggers have horribly long pulls, inconsistent breaks, and accuracy sucks because of it.
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I forget which one I liked best, but I was able to fingerbang several different models at Bass Pro. I think the Ruger was right up there.
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The spring piston guns don't like to have the spring cocked for any period of time so your best bet would probably be a good old pump like a Benjamin/Sheridan or one of the newer gas spring piston guns. I think Crossman has a chineese made model for under $200. The gas spring models are supposedly quiter than the spring guns.
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http://www.dunhamssports.com/product...age-air-rifle/

Got this one for$99 on sale. I really like it for the price.
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not concerned with noise, concerened with collateral damages of ricochet's and missed shots
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I like my gamo 1000 fps model, killed muskrat, rabbit, squirrel, chipmunk, snakes, and even a carp with it.

My grandpa has a killer .22 cal pellet rifle that you pump up. Makes a little more noise though and I don't know if they still make them or not.

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Gamo probably has the best selection for under $200, personally I like RWS but only the chinese models are under $200. Gamo makes a spring piston shotgun that would eliminate the ricochet problem but not sure of effective range, also sheels cost more than real shotgun shells. I have been able to reload them though. Airgun Express is abouth the best place to buy, sportsmans guide catalog says they don't ship to MI.
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The classic. http://www.airgundepot.com/cb9.html I think I am going to pick one of these up over a breakover model.

If you get one of the cheaper Gamos you are going to want to look into a trigger kit. The stock triggers have horribly long pulls, inconsistent breaks, and accuracy sucks because of it.
google charlie da tuna I put one of his triggers on my wife's cabela's / gamo setup.
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Use predator lead pellets - chance of a ricochet using lead is low.
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CCi, makes .22 shells called a CB long, that has about 450 FPS capacity, they will not eject out of a standard ruger 10/22 etc but you can plug one in at a time, they make about the same amount of noise as a non silenced air rifle.

They work really well. Buy a box of them to experiment with, I think they will do what you are looking for and may save you a couple hundred bucks, unless you want a pellet gun.

I have a crossman break action air rifle that is 1100 FPS that I bought at Dunhams on sale for 149.00,

I really like it, it has a silencer and came with a scope, it is a lot of fun, fairly accurate and will remove the top part of a chip munk head at 20 yards.
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How does purchasing a 22 over a pellet gun save me a couple hundred bucks?

Further, why would I shoot at my own house with a 22 when I could shoot at it with a pellet gun and kill squirrels just the same with the pellet gun?
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How does purchasing a 22 over a pellet gun save me a couple hundred bucks?

Further, why would I shoot at my own house with a 22 when I could shoot at it with a pellet gun and kill squirrels just the same with the pellet gun?
I think he was assuming that you already have a .22.

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I have problems with muskrats in my pond. They tear up my yard. I picked up a Gamo Rocket .177 cal. air rifle with a scope. 1250 fps with pba platinum. It sounds like a 22 with these pellets. It kills em dead.
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Benjamin sheridan silver streak. I have killed countless cute little animals with mine and one turkey.
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How does purchasing a 22 over a pellet gun save me a couple hundred bucks?

Further, why would I shoot at my own house with a 22 when I could shoot at it with a pellet gun and kill squirrels just the same with the pellet gun?
I was assuming you already had a .22

In Saranac they issue each boy a .22 and a shot gun of your choice on your twelfth birthday.

I did not know you were eleven or female.

Damage to your structure from a pellet at 1100 FPS would be comparable to a 37 grain .22 calliber traveling 450 FPS,

If you would like I can try to find you an energy chart if this is to complicated.
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Meijers sells a ruger .17 cal in a box for right about $100. Comes with a 4x scope and shoots 1200 fps
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