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Old July 19th, 2016, 11:28 AM   #1
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Looking for a good pellet gun to eliminate muskrats or the like. I've read lots of reviews and some love the Gamo whisper guns and others hate them.

Looking for personal experience, not "my buddy loves/hates his xxxx"
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Old July 19th, 2016, 11:43 AM   #2
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In my experience my pellet gun wasn't enough to take them down, had to use a .22. I would imagine a break barrel pellet gun would do better than my pump one though

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he hasn't been on in close to a year, but @ScOoTeR used to be into those IIRC

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Winchester 1000X break action. Dropped squirrels in one hit and a well placed shot to the neck using a gold plated hunting hollow point will kill a groundhog no problem. Recoil on that thing is heavier than a .22

If I didn't already have one of those I would buy a .22 pellet rifle instead. The .177 calibers are good for squirrels and what not but the heavier .22 delivers a lot more energy for knocking down the bigger stuff. Of course a .22LR would be ideal but a firearm just isn't feasoble sometimes.

For this situation I would buy the most powerful, break action .22 pellet rifle I could afford. Stay away from repeaters. You'll end up paying more for a properly powered CO2 rifle than you would a damn .17HMR.
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I have a Gamo bigcat 1200 its a break barrel and its a .177. have had great luck with it. thing has alot of power. i killed a possum with it one shot to the head. i usually use the gold pellets and the ones that are a pellet with a bb in the end of it.
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Good info guys. Comparing your comments to Scooters (bones link) mimics online reviews. They are either good or bad. I have an old Chinese model pump gun that doesn't have any power at all. It sorta bounced off my target and I went . I've been bouncing back and forth on the .177 vs .22.

On another topic, I haven't seen anything about the range of a pellet gun. I know some folks who have shot a .22LR at something in the water and it skipped across to the other side of the lake. Granted a pellet gun may have a velocity up to 1300 fps but I don't think the power and aerodynamics of a pellet will go very far. This and noise are my two major reasons for a pellet gun.
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Good info guys. Comparing your comments to Scooters (bones link) mimics online reviews. They are either good or bad. I have an old Chinese model pump gun that doesn't have any power at all. It sorta bounced off my target and I went . I've been bouncing back and forth on the .177 vs .22.

On another topic, I haven't seen anything about the range of a pellet gun. I know some folks who have shot a .22LR at something in the water and it skipped across to the other side of the lake. Granted a pellet gun may have a velocity up to 1300 fps but I don't think the power and aerodynamics of a pellet will go very far. This and noise are my two major reasons for a pellet gun.
I think you need a crossbow...
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I think you need a crossbow...
Cross bows are too complicated,........... us 's need something like this;
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.22 cb shorts. Quiet as an air rifle
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I use a Benjamin Varmint in .22cal. Very accurate and powerful. I've dropped many coons with one headshot. Body shots still drop them, but they'll scurry into cover if you can't reload quickly. It comes with a laser and a light on the cheap included 4x scope. I easily pick them off using the laser at night. Break-barrel too. I think I paid $200 for it at Dunhams.

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No sling shot, no 22 LR or short and no crossbow. How noisy is the Benjamin?
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I have a gamo break action 1000fps model (probably near 20 years old now). It would kill a squirrel/chipmunk/possum no problem.

I had a hell of a time killing muskrats with it. between the wet skin and thick hide, it made it a real pain to get a good clean kill out of it. This was for critter control at my dad's lake. I would highly reccomend something with a little more oomph than a .177 cal. accuracy is key, bullet placement in soft spot in back of head, top of neck usually did the trick. You were damn sure when you know you hit them right.

Now, if I had my grandpa's .22 cal Sheridan, that would be talking some good kills. Pump action with a bolt load. still just a single shot. 20 pumps would do a hollywood flyback shot on chipmunks/red squirrels
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I'll have to check the brand when I get home but I have a break barrel .22 pellet gun that'll flop a rabbit in one shot. I don't normally use it to hunt so I don't know what all it will kill, a rabbit just so happen to run into my yard one day while I was plinking.
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I have a Gamo Hornet in .177 1000-1200 fps depending on ammo. I hated it at first because it wouldn't hold zero, but after 250 or so rounds it came into it and shoots very well now. I've killed too many chipmunks to count, a possum, a few red squirrels, and the mink that was leaving dead fish up under our dock.


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Looking for a good pellet gun to eliminate muskrats or the like. I've read lots of reviews and some love the Gamo whisper guns and others hate them.

Looking for personal experience, not "my buddy loves/hates his xxxx"
What has the muskrat done to make you want him dead?
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It's an example. Duh
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No sling shot, no 22 LR or short and no crossbow. How noisy is the Benjamin?
.22 cb shorts are not .22 shorts. I've got some if you would like to try them.
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.22 cb shorts are not .22 shorts. I've got some if you would like to try them.
Ahhhh. I didn't check your link. I don't know anything them. I'm still wondering what the range of a pellet gun is and what the difference would be.
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My Benjamin is not too loud. It's as loud as any other bb gun. It actually has some recoil too. I'd stick with a .22 over a .177. The extra mass really helps with longer range accuracy, and the energy carried into the target is much greater.

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