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QUICK_DRAW_McGRAW
May 30, 2008, 11:41 PM
well this last weekend i got home from a 3day weekend at my grandfathers beach house out on the coast. while im unloading my wifes subaru i look over at the lawn and see 2 rats running about.

needless to say i ran inside and grabbed my CO2 powered BB pistol and tried to kill the bastards. well ended up knocking them out from about 3ft away then i would grab a shovel to finish them and they would scurry off.

well i had remembered a older H&R 622 revolver at a pawn shop in town that i always wanted. needless to say i went and got it as well as some Agulla .22lr rounds to get the dam things.

got the first one today with it. feel prowd and glad to see it gone and hope to get the rest in the comming days.

the agulla super colibri is awsome sounds quieter then my BB pistol and one shot gets them from up to 25yards id say.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f297/TheScooby/PICT0250.jpg

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f297/TheScooby/PICT0257.jpg

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f297/TheScooby/PICT0259.jpg

so lets see what you use

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snakeman
May 30, 2008, 11:54 PM
I use a remington summit air rifle and a tech force t6 aka griffon bullpup. They are quiet accurate and powerful enough to take a bobcat at 50 yds. However, although the super colibri are less potent than these two air rifle it makes for a fine quiet round.

dubious
May 31, 2008, 12:10 AM
Close up pest control? My Heritage Rough Rider .22 stoked with CB's. Really close up? .22 Shot loads!

Clipper
May 31, 2008, 02:11 AM
Pest control for me was anything from the occasional barn rat to woodchucks to feral drop-off dogs & cats at ranges from 10 to 100+ yards, so I always had my scoped Browning BL-22 loaded with CCI Stingers behind the kitchen door, and a .357 Blackhawk handy when working outside.

TAB
May 31, 2008, 02:19 AM
generally I use a air rifle, but when I get out the 22 its a nylon 66 other wise its a 410

jaytex1969
May 31, 2008, 03:10 AM
My gang of cats destroys anything moving in the yard.

koja48
May 31, 2008, 08:29 AM
The Light-Sleeping Lab controls what few four-legged pests that may happen to encroach on her domain (or 2-legged ones, for that matter). Air guns take care of the feathered variety.

Nowhere Man
May 31, 2008, 09:02 AM
First choice.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/sharksnufr/Bobcat4-02-08003.jpg

Second choice.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/sharksnufr/Redshoulderedhawk09-06015.jpg

Third choice.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/sharksnufr/GrandpasBday07007.jpg

She's pretty good at fishin' too.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/sharksnufr/Christmas06009.jpg

Fourth choice.
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y220/sharksnufr/rugersinglesix.jpg
CCI shot out of a Ruger New Model 6. Good out to about 25 ft on snakes and rats.


Dave

koja48
May 31, 2008, 09:43 AM
Good choices . . . my Jack Russell terminates the rare mouse that gets inside the house.

MCgunner
May 31, 2008, 12:38 PM
Don't have a picture of it, but my old Remington M512X bolt action tube fed .22 that I got for my 9th birthday is my favorite. It's ungodly accurate with everything from CCI Stinger to CCI CB short. I also have a new Crossman 177 cal. spring gun to take care of running off what I don't wanna kill or to kill small stuff.

Handguns, my Rossi M511 Sportsman with CCI CB short has dispatched a few possums around the house without a lot of bang. It ain't as quite as the Remington, but it ain't as obvious when I go outside, either.:D

Large picture, here's the link.

http://thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=35116&d=1139187688

MCgunner
May 31, 2008, 12:46 PM
Oh, yeah, I sort of enjoy grackle hunting on the porch with the Crossman. Beats watching endless TV. :D Cat likes the spoils, too.

glockman19
May 31, 2008, 02:15 PM
Nowhere Man,

Good Choices. After 1, 2 & 3 I go with my MKIII Hunter with CB Longs jut to keep the noise down. Sounds like a Air Pistol of BB gun.

koja48
May 31, 2008, 02:27 PM
Sounds like Simon & Garfunkle ("Sounds of Silence") . . . tool of choice when needed.

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w305/koja48/Talonandthetreeofdeath.jpg

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
May 31, 2008, 03:36 PM
Lately I've been known to use a CZ 452 Luxe (24" bbl) with Aguila Super Colibris or RWS "6mm flobert CB caps". But ordinarily a Beeman .177 airgun.

Koja, as always, I'm very jealous of your Air Force - can't wait to get mine!

koja48
May 31, 2008, 06:04 PM
Putting together a .25 as soon as I get the barrel, miscellaneous parts, and the mod'd air tank valve back. Should allow me out to the 100-yard range & have plenty of power for larger vermin, such as raccoons & shiftless skunks. I'll put the same optics on it, only a longer-tubed version to better compliment the 21" barrel & shroud assembly. If it's as accurate as the Talon, I'll be a happy camper.

mbt2001
June 3, 2008, 06:39 PM
I have a POS crossman BB/Pellet gun (rifle) I use as a rat deterent. Works well. I have a Benjamin .22 cal Air rifle for anything the crossman can't handle. I have thought about using the Super Colibri's in my rough rider, just haven't done it yet.

astocks2622
June 5, 2008, 05:04 PM
mossberg 151k semi-auto 22 or marlin 880ss bolt 22.

ashtxsniper
June 5, 2008, 05:56 PM
I have used everything from pellet guns to 30-06. Here is a small list of calibers used. Let me also state that all animals were killed due to them causing damage to my property or to be eaten, not just for the fun of it.

22 LR - Rabbits, Buzzards, Turtles, Snakes, Rats, Mice, Feral Dogs, Coyotes, Feral cats
22 WMR - Buzzards, Turtles, Snakes, Feral Dogs, Coyotes, Feral cats
223 Rem - Feral Dogs, Coyotes, Feral Cats
9mm - Wild Boar, Feral Cats, Feral Dogs
40 S&W - Feral Cats
45 ACP - Feral Dogs, Turkey
357 / 38 - Snakes, Wild Boar
12 Gauge - Feral Cats

Savage Shooter
June 6, 2008, 07:45 PM
I use the ole marlin 60 .22 for birds and moles and everything in between the favorite for moles however is the mossberg 12ga with #4 turkey steel loads.
I am suprised knowone has mentioned sitting in the yard with a 12ga in your lap waiting for moles to move its fun.

TeaCoffee.Guy
November 18, 2013, 05:50 PM
I've used CCI CB .22 short for years for pest control with excellent results. I used them to kill many crows, feral cats, and starlings. I like the fact that they are so quiet and accurate from my bolt action single shot Marlin.

MCgunner
November 18, 2013, 07:43 PM
I've got a Remington 597 with a scope mounted light I prefer. Chambering is .22WMR. It will handle anything that might try to raid my chickens at night from Coyotes to Coons.

rromeo
November 19, 2013, 11:11 AM
I didn't actually shoot anything, but last night I let the cat out, and I saw him immediately stare to the left. A possum was hanging by the side of the house. I ran back in and grabbed my Marlin 39a, but he was gone when I got back out.
We have a deal, I don't go out looking, but if you come near my house, they're dead.

Mike1234567
November 19, 2013, 11:45 AM
My cat is a pretty good hunter... but she sometimes kills critters then brings them inside. She tends to hide her kills so there were a couple times I didn't find them until they began to smell. Darned sneaky cat...

If I needed to hunt them down myself then I'd use a beefy .22 caliber pellet rifle.

SC Shooter
November 19, 2013, 04:45 PM
My Winchester Model 57 has cleaned the woodchucks out of many a farmer's field since I was 14. The gun is 84 years old and still going strong although it now kills papeer zombies at the range.

Esoxchaser
November 19, 2013, 05:46 PM
1) 0-75 yards Browning BL-22, irons with CCI Quiets
2) 50- 100 yards Savage Mark II FSS with Mueller APV shooting CCI Quiets.
3) Close in to 100 yard challenge- Ruger Single Six hunter with 2-6X optics CCI Quiets or Mini Mags depending upon range.
4) 75-165 yards Savage 93/17 FVSS with Mueller APV .17hmr 17 grain Hornady ballistic tips.

dubbleA
November 20, 2013, 10:11 PM
The Mrs uses a crappy Savage while I use a Ruger, both are very quiet.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f268/dubbleA/squirrelrifle.jpg



http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f268/dubbleA/Muzzle%20Brakes/IMG_5667_zps89b43004.jpg

788Ham
November 22, 2013, 08:43 PM
A Remington #33, .22 rifle, CCI CB longs, those "tearing things up" cottontails don't stand a chance!

CB900F
November 22, 2013, 11:16 PM
Queekstaw!

Sorry, used to watch & couldn't help it. :D

I'm pretty rural, therefore the CZ452 American in .22lr gets the nod most of the time.

900F

d2wing
December 2, 2013, 10:18 PM
Qb78 co2 .22 cal pellet gun. My favorite for around the yard.

Shanghai McCoy
December 2, 2013, 10:40 PM
A scoped Ruger 10/22 lives in the closet by the door with LR/HPs in the mag. I'm boondocks rural so it's no problem with the noise.

Sagetown
December 2, 2013, 10:45 PM
For Rats and Chicken Snakes in the barn, I use CCI .22 long riffle birdshot in this Model 62sa by ROSSI. I've tried Winchester and Federal, but this works best without jamming. The birdshot will not penetrate the barn, but it will knock a large snake out of the rafters at 14' DRT. Does not work very good on birds unless you are extremely close. I don't like shooting these snakes, but sometimes these old ones seem to lose their ability to kill critters, and take to your chicken flocks. I lost several hens one summer before I decided to pull guard duty on the hen house. Caught two of these guys ganging up on a roost of bantam pullets. Three pullets were already on the ground dead, and one was being strangled, and another was in a snakes mouth. Now that'll mad a chicken owner mighty mad.
http://www.myhostedpics.com/images/FourBee/snakecharm0032.jpg

rcmodel
December 2, 2013, 11:48 PM
Winchester 62A with Aguila Colibri for longer shots, or CCI shot-shells for close up snake control.

The 23" barrel keeps things pretty quite here in town.

Then there is always a brace of Beeman .177 & .22 air-rifles.

rc

hentown
December 7, 2013, 12:14 PM
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m294/Walteridus/074f6f11-e77d-400a-a2bf-07fff5e0c2c9_zpsba13ab7e.jpg (http://s107.photobucket.com/user/Walteridus/media/074f6f11-e77d-400a-a2bf-07fff5e0c2c9_zpsba13ab7e.jpg.html)

TeaCoffee.Guy
January 20, 2014, 09:00 PM
Just a thought. I wouldn't shoot a harmless snake (or a poisonous one) for any reason except if it was unavoidable. I like reptiles. Instead I would try to move it to someplace else. Just a thought.

Sagetown
January 20, 2014, 09:54 PM
TeaCoffee.Guy: Just a thought. I wouldn't shoot a harmless snake (or a poisonous one) for any reason except if it was unavoidable. I like reptiles. Instead I would try to move it to someplace else. Just a thought.

I understand TeaCoffee Guy: I don't like killing for the fun of it, but You weren't here to get this critter for me, so, I had to take matters into my own hands. I bought those chickens out of my own honest hard living, bought material to build the barn, and their nest boxes. Bought food for them out of my own pocket. Paid their water and electric bills. They are completely defenseless, and entirely dependent upon man for their utter existence. So it boils my blood when predators wreck havoc on innocent animals.

Not so for predators. They kill for their housing. They kill for their food, they kill for fun, and they'll kill you if they get a chance. That's my thought. :)

Ranger Roberts
January 21, 2014, 10:19 AM
I generally use a scoped 10-22 for small critters. I bump it up to a 22 wmr for anything a little larger. If that doesn't do it, the 30-30 comes out. I live in a rural area, so noise isn't an issue. If my wife had her way, she'd use a 50 bmg on anything that slithers!

hartcreek
January 21, 2014, 11:48 AM
Speer makes shot capsuls. I load them for .38 Special, .38 S&W and 44 Special with #8 birdshot. Also rice loads work well for inside shooting. I also have loaded various 12 gauge loads using copper wire, rice and even rocksalt.

Mike1234567
January 21, 2014, 12:20 PM
I never thought of rice. I wonder how well couscous would work... it's rounder than rice and isn't corrosive like rock salt. How far could you shoot with rice and keep it within reasonable spread?

jmorris
January 25, 2014, 08:51 AM
I hit this crow last Sat at 98 yards with a new .22 air rifle I picked up.

http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv5/qvideo/IMG_20140118_144440_133_zpsee61f537.jpg

All this guy needed was a single shot from my old Benjamin .22 air pistol, generally what mice get around the shop as well. It is enough for small diameter critters and does not chip the concrete.

http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv5/qvideo/IMG_20131012_081027_288_zps146b474d.jpg

For larger animals around the house I have a Remington pump .22 S, L, LR

Sagetown
January 25, 2014, 09:22 AM
jmorris; that's excellent shooting. 98 yds with an air rifle, and a snake with an air pistol. I never was any good with any type of handgun. I have astigmatism which makes it hard enough with a rifle.

jmorris
January 25, 2014, 10:55 AM
I too was shocked at the crow hit.

The snake was an easy one, the night before I noticed I had caught a mouse on the sticky trap and figured I would deal with it in the morning. Well the next morning the mouse was inside the Copperhead and he was stuck to the trap. Pretty easy shot at that point.

Mike1234567
January 25, 2014, 12:29 PM
<snip> The snake was an easy one, the night before I noticed I had caught a mouse on the sticky trap and figured I would deal with it in the morning. Well the next morning the mouse was inside the Copperhead and he was stuck to the trap. Pretty easy shot at that point.
LOL!!!!

jmorris
January 25, 2014, 07:15 PM
Well, sometimes the truth may not sound as cool but it can still be funny.

Deltaboy
January 25, 2014, 07:48 PM
I use 22 LR HP 36 grain in what ever rifle I got handy at that time.

LRShooting
January 26, 2014, 12:32 AM
Marlin M25 22LR with shortened barrel.
Ruger 10/22 22lr
Stevens 987 22lr with homemade bullpup stock to replace old damaged one.
12 and 20 gauge single barrel break overs with 7.5 shot.

All works great.

LRShooting
January 26, 2014, 12:34 AM
The Mrs uses a crappy Savage while I use a Ruger, both are very quiet.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f268/dubbleA/squirrelrifle.jpg



http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f268/dubbleA/Muzzle%20Brakes/IMG_5667_zps89b43004.jpg
Fancy Fancy. Nice guns.

samort457
January 26, 2014, 08:16 PM
A Benjamin Marauder. Great for anything up to about rabbit and crow size out to about 50 yards and I even got a small fox with it at 13 yards. And the best part is its quiet so the fitters don't know what hit them.

Sagetown
January 27, 2014, 04:49 PM
Hey samort457: Like your post. Since I don't own a pellet gun, yet I did favor you guys who do have them, simply because of the quiet report they emit so as not to attract attention from fretting neighbors. I searched, and experimented with different .22 cal ammo. Longs, CB's , Shorts... They were quiet in that respect, but I found them difficult to be accurate on a consistent basis. Finally, on a whim I bought a box of expensive Sub-Subsonic ammo. Quiet, and very accurate, but, wow, it was expensive. Then, I found Winchester Sub-Sonic Long Rifle Hollow Points. Man, they performed excellent in comparison to the others. Knock down power on Coyotes within 50 yards (head shot only) is superb, and so quiet it makes you think the gun never fired except that the predator dropped dead in its tracks.

jmorris
January 29, 2014, 09:08 AM
FWIW a CB cap out of a regular .22 makes less noise than the air rifles I have add a suppressor and all you hear is the firing pin click.

CarJunkieLS1
January 29, 2014, 09:38 AM
Ruger 10-22 rifle with a 3-9x32 scope is what I use. I shoot Remington Subsonics with it and it does amazing on Armadillos out to 50yds. Headshot them and they take a dirt nap.

DM~
January 29, 2014, 09:49 PM
The two most used pest control 22's used out here on my place are, a Henry lever 22LR and a Remington 597M 22WMR.

Both have been amazingly reliable and accurate, perfect for my use...

DM

jmorris
January 30, 2014, 07:58 AM
Just a thought. I wouldn't shoot a harmless snake (or a poisonous one) for any reason except if it was unavoidable. I like reptiles. Instead I would try to move it to someplace else. Just a thought.


I have come a long way from my "if it moves it dies" days of my pre-early teen years but if you are a poisonous snake that has come up to the house, where the 2 year old loves to play outside, you just won Serpentes equivalent of the Darwin award if I find you.

ldlfh7
January 30, 2014, 01:20 PM
I use a 44 cal cap and ball revolver loaded with #4 shot. Works great up close. For further away I will pull out the 10/22.

JRH6856
January 30, 2014, 02:00 PM
I never thought of rice. I wonder how well couscous would work... it's rounder than rice and isn't corrosive like rock salt. How far could you shoot with rice and keep it within reasonable spread?
You might try mustard seed. It's a bit harder than couscous.

Mike1234567
January 30, 2014, 02:18 PM
You might try mustard seed. It's a bit harder than couscous.
I searched but couldn't find anything about using mustard seed as shot against pests either. Any links?

JRH6856
January 30, 2014, 02:27 PM
No, it was just a thought. When you suggested couscous, I thought, "too soft." And then I thought of mustard seed, having just ground some to make a rub for a roast.

JJHACK
January 30, 2014, 05:02 PM
Although not very affordable for varmints,..... the most entertaining and functional device I have is my SP101 with the Crimson Trace laser grips.

Running targets and night shots are simply effortless and very entertaining! With the 8 shot cylinder it's awfully "cool" picking off running vermin!

cammogunner
January 31, 2014, 01:21 PM
most the time i use a savage mk 2 22lr and just run cheap remington hp 36 grain it works great and is deadly on those pesky coons and squirells

mbt2001
February 2, 2014, 05:06 PM
I have a Daisey bb/pellet gun that I use to pop squirrels on the a$$ when they get into the garden. That gets the most use.

Pretty funny to watch the jump when they get stung.

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