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I really need help selecting an Air Rifle for Squirrels.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by daredwit, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    I've had problems with squirrels tearing up my bird feeders for years. I bought a cheap Daisy 880 Powerline at WalMart for ~$30, and it kills the hell out of squirrels. It's a little noisy, but I found that if I shot from inside the house through an open door or window, that deadens the noise quite well.

    BUT, after I'd offed a substantial number of them, I found out that not only is it illegal as hell to fire a pellet rifle in town, but here in CO squirrels are small game animals, requiring a small game hunting license, there's an established hunting season for them, and a daily bag limit as well. So I was essentially poaching the little rats out of season and doing it inside the city limits, not to mention inside a residential neighborhood, and the stress of hoping to God some citizen walking their dog didn't see one flopping around in my front yard. Made me nervous.

    So, you may want to consider any possible legal ramifications to killing squirrels in your yard, it may not be cool to do so. Once the light came on it my head, I haven't done it since, just ain't worth the risk and stress to me. I started harassing them with a Super Soaker, which got their attention, and finally just moved the feeders where they can't get to them from the tree, and that seems to have solved the problem.

    I've also considered checking out a high-quality airsoft rifle, something that would sting the living snot out of them and leave a nasty bruise or welt, but not actually kill them. They're not stupid, and are highly danger-sensitive. Make their visits painful, dangerous and unpleasant, and they'll go elsewhere. I've wondered too about finding or making something non-lethal in .177 caliber to put in my Daisy, like rubber pellets. Haven't found anything.

    But if you're in an area where you can pop them without fear, a cheap Daisy 880 Powerline works fine! Don't bother with the crappy scope though, either get a decent one or just use the irons.
  2. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Those FWB-124 boys just make me sick. Especially with the aperture sight.
  3. lykoris

    lykoris Well-Known Member

    put a zero on your budget, get a daystate airwolf and be done with it:D
  4. thomis

    thomis Well-Known Member

    Below is the custom/ modified Crosman co2 rifle I was talking about. A cheap Bushnell scope on it makes it extremely lethal on squirrels (notice there are no irons). My bird feeder is 50 feet from the kitchen window and its no contest. A little more challenging is when the squirrels get into my apple orchard about 200 feet from the patio. Then I have about a 6" holdover with the Beeman Kodiak extra heavy pellets. But when they hit, they hit pretty darn hard, even at that range.

    The air rifle is pictured with a Marlin Model 60 .22 rimfire for scale:

  5. splithoof

    splithoof Well-Known Member

    RWS 34 or 48 Diana from Airguns of Arizona. Check them out online. Fast, easy to deal with, superb service.
    I cleaned up all the squirrels who were eating expensive chicken & turkey feed. I then moved on to the other squirrels who were raiding our fruit trees.
    Gamo is in my experience cheap trash from chain store discount retailers. Bought one, it never shot well, trigger was lousy. Ended up cutting it in half with chop saw before it went in the garbage can. I should have bought the RWS the first time.
  6. Chasing Crow

    Chasing Crow Well-Known Member

    What Rondog says!!!
    Also, I believe silencers on airguns follow same laws as conventional firearms. If it's part of the firearm as manufactured ok, but add-ons illegal. Might check it out first.
  7. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Conventional firearms that are integrally silenced still have to be registered as NFA Title II firearms. Airguns with silencers do not.

    Silencers intended to be bolt-on accessories for firearms have to be registered themselves as NFA Title II "firearms".

    I don't know of anyone making add-on silencers for air rifles, but they would almost certainly be illegal if unregistered, as they would be functionally the same as a silencer (or close enough) for any .17 or .22 cal. rifle.
  8. Ar180shooter

    Ar180shooter Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately I forget what size drill bit I used. I modified the case itself about a year ago, never got around to testing it and forgot about it until I found it again a few days ago and decided to try it. When I made it, it was really a trial and error process.

    I've shot 50 pellets from the case so far.

    Removal is not difficult. The primer sits in it quite loosely, and will fall out if turned primer side down.

    I've only tried the cheap Crossman pellets, and haven't done any accuracy testing other than shooting cans at 30 yards (I have to dial the scope to 600 yards to get POA/POI, the video is me shooting at 15 yards).

    I've only tried it in the one rifle.

    After shooting the 50 rounds, I have not noticed significant leading. The shotgun primers do dirty up the bore though. The one concern I do have is lead possibly plugging the gas tap to the piston, but given that the pellet is not going very fast and is not heating things up at all (I'm not sure how fast it's going, but it is definitely sub-sonic), this is a very minor concern.
  9. Jackal1

    Jackal1 Well-Known Member

    Might want to take a closer look at your laws.... In most states it is legal to eradicate pests on your property that are causing damage on your property. No permits or licenses required. If you are legal to shoot a pellet gun on your property and your state allows you to get rid of pests on your property; then you can generally use a pellet gun to eradicate the pests on your property. Now, if it is illegal to shoot a pellet gun on your property then you would need to find a different way to eradicate the pests than using a pellet gun.
  10. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    I live in a densely populated whitebread residential neighborhood. Pellet guns and killing squirrels be frowned upon, and it's not worth the risk of drawing attention to myself to go around asking questions about it. I'd rather stay out of the spotlight. As long as the little jerks stay off my bird feeders I have no problem with them. They're welcome to eat whatever hits the ground. It's when they actually get on the feeders and chew them apart that conflict arises.
  11. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

  12. Jcinnb

    Jcinnb Well-Known Member

    I spent weeks researching and finally decided on a Beeman R-9 Goldfinger, in Twenty Caliber(.20).

    It is a squirrel harvesting machine. Very quiet. I routinely zero at range...50 meters.

    For city/town squirrel work, you do not want a lot of velocity due to sound barrier (loud crack) issues.

    I could not recommend this rifle for squirrel extermination more strongly.

    Good luck.
  13. Jcinnb

    Jcinnb Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah, I live in a hysterical.....erhhhh....historical district. Stealth eradication is part of the fun.

    Until I got rid of them, I used a newspaper on a frame, kind of a blind. I would the shoot them across the street in a small park while sitting on our front porch. Worked quite well.
  14. fpgt72

    fpgt72 Well-Known Member

    That Crossman rifle was bought out by a Chinese company and is now called the QB series of rifles....check out archer airguns or look on youtube for qb rifle reviews....they are some very fine rifles...
  15. dvdcrr

    dvdcrr member

    30+ squirrel with Remington airmaster 77 weaver 2.5 x scope and JSB exacts.
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2013
  16. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    Wow, you're a braver man than I! Across the street in a park? That's GOT to be some kind of violation! How did you retrieve the bodies without being seen? I had enough stress just popping them in my front yard, 10 feet from my kitchen window. But in a park across the street? "Look mommy, that squirrel's break dancing all over place! Oh, he must be tired, now he's sleeping....."
  17. chicharrones

    chicharrones Well-Known Member

    Those 1760 and 2260 Crosmans are great CO2 rifles. I have a plain jane 2260 and while it is not quite as powerful as my Benjamin .22 Nitro Piston "springer", the 2260 is vastly easier to shoot consistently from any shooting position. The Benjamin has to be held exactly the same from the exact same stance for consistent hits to the same "zero".
  18. fpgt72

    fpgt72 Well-Known Member

    Yea...like I was preaching about....those rifles are fantastic....and if you have seal problems or anything with your vintage crosman, everything from the QB will fit it. Pretty good life out of a pair of powerlets as well...you get about 70 shots before it starts to really fall off.

    I know I sound like a fan boy but they are fantastic air rifles.
  19. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    ^^^^^This. The RWS 48 is worth the money. It is a side cocker, spring piston rifle. Accurate, and well made in Germany.
  20. aubie515

    aubie515 Well-Known Member

    I was using my 22LR with suppressor for squirrels...I ended up using those "have a hart" traps...I'd trap the squirrels with peanut butter and crackers...bring them into my basement and take them out with pellet rifle.

    Just make sure your township allows discharging of firearms if they don't you could have some issues with the man.

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