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#2151116 - 06/28/17 10:56 AM Air Rifles for Squirrel
NWALJM Offline
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Registered: 04/17/15
Posts: 742
Loc: The Shoals
Any of you folks hunt squirrels with air rifles? If so, what caliber pellets and FPS are typically considered ethical or practical?
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#2151129 - 06/28/17 11:15 AM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: NWALJM]
charlie Offline
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Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 4416
Loc: mobile
Not an expert but I like to use a .22 caliber pellet. This is for around the house plinking on varmits. You can get by with less fps in a .22. In .177 I believe they recommend at least 1000 fps. I think my .22 is around d 700 or so. Does good at 20 or 30 yards.

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#2151132 - 06/28/17 11:18 AM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: NWALJM]
NWALJM Offline
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Registered: 04/17/15
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Loc: The Shoals
Thanks sounds good.

So in general, as opposed to using a .22LR rifle, would you say it shortens your effective shooting range around 20-30 yards?
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#2151211 - 06/28/17 12:30 PM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: NWALJM]
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Registered: 11/18/15
Posts: 4150
Loc: HSV AL
I would say yes. I use a .177 at 1200fps and keep in the 30 yardish range.
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#2151225 - 06/28/17 12:48 PM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: NWALJM]
CarbonClimber1 Offline
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Posts: 838
Loc: Guntersville, AL
I used 177 or 22, theyll both waylayy squirrels if i was gonna buy a new rifle id buy a hatsan 125 sniper 25cal. Cant beat the price or the quality. An they will exceed their fps rating and will actually be accurate and stay accurate. For a break barrel gun they are nice. The most accurate guns are gonna be your pcp's an they are pricey. OR 22 short would be my personal preference.
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#2151296 - 06/28/17 02:33 PM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: NWALJM]
crenshawco Offline
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Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 7395
Loc: Montgomery / Luverne
I bought a Benjamin Titan in the .22 cal last year to shoot squirrels in my yard. I kill them out to about 40 yards pretty regularly, and it's only shooting 950 fps

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#2168534 - 07/17/17 09:07 PM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: NWALJM]
Tigger85 Offline
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Registered: 10/17/15
Posts: 1469
Loc: Pelham Al
I have a Gamo silent cat that I shoot them with. It's a 177 and not loud for neighbors.

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#2172887 - 07/21/17 10:05 PM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: NWALJM]
bambam32 Offline
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Registered: 07/08/14
Posts: 807
Loc: South Alabama
I've got a Benjamin 392 in 22 cal. It will put a squirrel down in a hurry. The exit wound is impressive.

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#2172951 - 07/21/17 11:09 PM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: NWALJM]
DEADorALIVE Offline
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Loc: Andalusia, Al. Covington Co.
Pellet weight is important with a .177, what're you guys using?
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#2179699 - 07/29/17 11:25 PM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: NWALJM]
blade Offline
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Registered: 12/10/10
Posts: 2382
Killed tons of em as a kid with a Benjamin 22. I imagine any of the new ones will do a good job on a tree rat.

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#2179711 - 07/30/17 03:56 AM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: NWALJM]
DEADorALIVE Offline
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Loc: Andalusia, Al. Covington Co.
I shot 2 around the house using 7.8gr Red Fires. Both less than 50', both good shots, and both got back up and ran off. Bought some 10.9gr pellets, and they started staying down.
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#2180444 - 07/31/17 07:47 AM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: NWALJM]
3toe Offline
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Registered: 03/17/03
Posts: 21146
Loc: Helena
If you don't want to buy a pellet rifle and own a .22, buy some CCI Quiet 22lr. They are running 710 fps. No difference from a pellet rifle.

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#2190364 - 08/10/17 11:26 PM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: NWALJM]
bloodtrail Offline
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Registered: 09/03/07
Posts: 2993
Loc: Shelby County
The 22 quiets are a 40gr bullet, what does a quality 22 pellet weigh 10-20gr? If noise isn't a big problem they're great for 50yd squirrel size targets. They're a little louder than any pellet gun I've shot, much quieter than regular 22 subs though.

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#2190421 - 08/11/17 07:07 AM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: bloodtrail]
crenshawco Offline
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Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 7395
Loc: Montgomery / Luverne
Originally Posted By: bloodtrail
The 22 quiets are a 40gr bullet, what does a quality 22 pellet weigh 10-20gr?


The ones I'm shooting are 14.3 grn

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#2193963 - 08/14/17 07:48 PM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: 3toe]
Lonster Offline
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Registered: 07/21/12
Posts: 705
Loc: Marion, Fayette, Lamar
Originally Posted By: 3toe
If you don't want to buy a pellet rifle and own a .22, buy some CCI Quiet 22lr. They are running 710 fps. No difference from a pellet rifle.


My neighbor's dog was getting in my garbage, his owner's garbage and owner's father's garbage, they wanted him gone. He was a 75-80 lb mutt. Well one day my neighbor comes over and his dog shows up, gets in my garbage and he says shoot him. I didn't want to kill his dog so I got my .22 with the 710 fps .22 quiets, yelled at the dog and when he ran off I lobbed one in him at 70 yards (later confirmed with range finder) it made a thump and he ran home yelping. When my neighbor got home ole Rover was on the porch DEAD! The bullet hit him in the paunch and penetrated up toward his liver, no blood at all.

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#2194948 - 08/15/17 03:40 PM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: Lonster]
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Registered: 02/02/14
Posts: 2285
Loc: dothan,al
Originally Posted By: Lonster
Originally Posted By: 3toe
If you don't want to buy a pellet rifle and own a .22, buy some CCI Quiet 22lr. They are running 710 fps. No difference from a pellet rifle.


My neighbor's dog was getting in my garbage, his owner's garbage and owner's father's garbage, they wanted him gone. He was a 75-80 lb mutt. Well one day my neighbor comes over and his dog shows up, gets in my garbage and he says shoot him. I didn't want to kill his dog so I got my .22 with the 710 fps .22 quiets, yelled at the dog and when he ran off I lobbed one in him at 70 yards (later confirmed with range finder) it made a thump and he ran home yelping. When my neighbor got home ole Rover was on the porch DEAD! The bullet hit him in the paunch and penetrated up toward his liver, no blood at all.

Lonster


Holy hell batman
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#2195731 - 08/16/17 07:35 AM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: NWALJM]
Geno Offline
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Registered: 11/19/15
Posts: 8986
Loc: Tuscaloosa
Holy crap.
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#2196150 - 08/16/17 01:31 PM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: NWALJM]
NWALJM Offline
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Registered: 04/17/15
Posts: 742
Loc: The Shoals
That dog was meant to be killed.
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#2198946 - 08/18/17 06:21 PM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: NWALJM]
JCarter Offline
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Registered: 11/25/13
Posts: 419
Loc: Dekalb
Those .22 quiet are deadly haven't seen that big of an animal killed personally but I believe it. Knock a squirrel down like a brick

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#2212389 - 09/01/17 02:49 PM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: NWALJM]
trailertrash Offline
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Registered: 04/24/03
Posts: 135
Loc: Autauga River Bottom
The 22 Quiet have much more kill power than a typical 22 pellet due to 4x bullet weight and a solid projectile (more penetration) but accuracy has been sketchy in my rifles... lots of flyers. That said, the segmented HP quiets that are rare as hens teeth make excellent back yard armadillo nullifiers. Accuracy is not as important with close range footballs as your target.

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#2212424 - 09/01/17 03:45 PM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: NWALJM]
DEADorALIVE Offline
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Registered: 10/15/02
Posts: 15520
Loc: Andalusia, Al. Covington Co.
I shot a squirrel with a .22 short in my front yard, one day, maybe 15-18 yds or so away, not far anyway. He was in a big white oak and froze when he saw me. I shot for the head, and he never flinched, so I shot again, for between the shoulder blades...he still never flinched. I sat there and watched him for about 20 seconds, then walked over to the tree with the intention of getting closer and shooting him again. Finally, as I got to the base of the tree, he fell at my feet...hole in the noggin and a hole between the shoulder blades...just took him awhile to let go of the tree, I guess!
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#2225433 - 09/13/17 11:09 PM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: DEADorALIVE]
Tigger85 Offline
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Registered: 10/17/15
Posts: 1469
Loc: Pelham Al
Originally Posted By: DEADorALIVE
Pellet weight is important with a .177, what're you guys using?
Don't see a weight but they are destroyer EX

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#2232106 - 09/20/17 05:54 PM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: NWALJM]
DEADorALIVE Offline
Old Mossy Horns

Registered: 10/15/02
Posts: 15520
Loc: Andalusia, Al. Covington Co.
The Destroyer EX is a 7.9 gr pellet, too.
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#2262166 - 10/18/17 09:04 AM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: NWALJM]
Lbeezy Offline
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Registered: 12/15/16
Posts: 111
Loc: Birmingham, Alabama
177 OR 22 WILL KNOCK EM DOWN!
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#2262333 - 10/18/17 11:58 AM Re: Air Rifles for Squirrel [Re: NWALJM]
jacannon Offline
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Registered: 09/17/09
Posts: 1748
Loc: Plumnellie
Anyone ever try CB caps in a 22?
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