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need help with squirrels

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by mike6161, Apr 12, 2008.

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  1. mike6161

    mike6161 Well-Known Member

    I have a problem with squirrels in my back yard I live in the city so I can’t use a 22.i m thinking of a bb gun but don’t know any thing about them.
    Could a bb gun kill a squirrel what one would be best for the little devils. I have gone to the local dunhams but they know less then I do.
    All the shots would be within 25 feet.
    Thanks for the help
  2. csmkersh

    csmkersh Well-Known Member

    Forget the Daisey Red Ryder bb guns. They'll kill birds, but a squirrel's hide is tougher. A Sheridan or Benjamin pump work fairly well and aren't all that expensive. A good pellet gun is even better, but aren't cheap.
  3. Six O'clock Tactical

    Six O'clock Tactical Well-Known Member

    Pellet guns are a good way to dispatch those little suckers. Best method is obviously the highest power you can affoard. .22 pellet rifles are usually in 3 classes: performance, hunting and sporting. sporting is usually the greengas ones that need a pre-filled cartridge. this just makes it easy to make followup shots.
    performance is the really really expensive one that you never want to touch because its $3000 and shoots easily sub-MOA.
    Hunting is usually break-barrel, single shot, and produces only mildly sub-sonic velocities. Get this one, if you can affoard it. (usually $200 or so)

    If you get a good one, scope it (use a daisy scope, as springs have very strange recoil and can break other types of scopes) and aim for the eyes.
  4. Dave B

    Dave B Well-Known Member

    A break bbl 177 cal pellet rifle is deadly on squirrels. In most cities, shooting a pellet gun is not legal. If nobody calls the cops, it is good hunting.
  5. moe.ron

    moe.ron Well-Known Member

    Why do you want to kill them?
  6. boggyboy72

    boggyboy72 Active Member

    crosman 760,15-20 pumps.
  7. csmkersh

    csmkersh Well-Known Member

    They're tree rats.
  8. mrsig

    mrsig Well-Known Member

    A CCI CB Long is quieter out of my CZ 452 than my RWS air gun.

    - Sig
  9. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    Because they're destructive pests -- as bad as rats in some situation.
  10. MaterDei

    MaterDei Well-Known Member

    If you've already got a 22 you've got to check out CB shorts. Nobody would have any clue that you're firing a firearm. They are quieter than most pellet guns.
  11. tpaw

    tpaw Well-Known Member

    I don't know how close your neighbors are, but I hope your a good shot. If you miss, are you so close that you could hit a neighbor or put one through a window. If someone starts seeing dead squirrels lying around and drops a dime on you, it could mean trouble. What about baiting them with poison? Maybe one of those big box stores like Home Depot sells something.
  12. moe.ron

    moe.ron Well-Known Member

    I grew up in Michigan in a house with a giant yard. We had a couple maple trees that had to be 200 years old if they were a day, squirrel heaven. They were all over the place!! They never destroyed anything at our house.

    One did get a little too curious about the chimney once, fell into the fireplace. Looked like a little gray tornado through the glass doors!!
  13. mike6161

    mike6161 Well-Known Member

    Because they're destructive tree rats that are killing my plants. There are so many of them they have some kind of mange (I will use gloves to pick them up) and the powers out for hours because they nest on the transformer and then you see a bright light and a dead squirrel fall.
    I have used cb shorts but now a LE lives down the street it not ilegal to shoot a bb gun in my city.
    i have a big back yard so i will not hit the neighbor or his house i will be shooting in a safe way.
  14. RNB65

    RNB65 Well-Known Member

    A coworker of mine has had thousands of dollars of damage done to his ceder sided house by squirrels. Ever time he gets it repaired, they come back and chew holes again. Always in the same area. He's tried traps with no luck and now he's thinking about the pellet gun option also. Nasty little buggers they are. Makes me glad I passed on that ceder sided house I looked at a couple years ago.
  15. joebogey

    joebogey Well-Known Member

    Git yoreself a big snake...:D

    I've got a 22 caliber pellet rifle made by Crossman that uses (2) CO2 tanks. Makes very little noise, but shoots like a regular 22 with fresh tanks.
  16. xjchief

    xjchief Well-Known Member

    Keep in mind the police may not like pellet gun shooting anymore than they like a 22 if you live in a city or town.
  17. RNB65

    RNB65 Well-Known Member

    Read my post #14 above. My coworker has spent months setting live traps with peanut butter in them. He has yet to catch a single squirrel. But he does have two new holes in the side of his house to show for his efforts. :(
  18. MIL-DOT

    MIL-DOT member

    I started a very similar thread here a couple months ago, also looking for "BB gun" advice. I was told that if i was serious about eradicating the little vermin,to use poison, but i mostly wanted an excuse to get that high(er) end pellet rifle i always wanted. In fact, it was the Benjamin/Sheridan that i was first interested in.But a little research sent me to the RWS 34, and what a bad-ass little rifle it turned out to be.It doesn't require multiple pumps, but a single break barrel cocking action. WAY better. PyarmydAir has them for only about $50 more than the Benjamin. Here's a link.....http://www.pyramydair.com/p/rws-34-panther-air-rifle.shtml
    While this gun was still in transit, further research led me to the considerably more expensive Beeman R9 Goldfinger,and i sold the RWS to my brother before it had even arrived.But the second we pulled it out of the box,i realized i didn't need to have upgraded. It FEELS like German quality !! It ain't no kids toy, this is a RIFLE !! Both these rifles will blow through both sides of pressurized steel cans ( WD-40,furniure polish,etc.etc.) from 70 yards. PVC pipe within the same distance....blasts it to pieces !!! ( The RWS is .22,my R9 is .20 cal. )
    I've had more fun shooting this silly pellet rifle than i ever would have imagined. I haven't shot a "real" gun a single time since i got it, and have ordered ammo three times already.
    I live in a semi-rural subdivision, and i probably could have gotten away with a low velocity .22,but the fact would remain, i'd still be shooting a firearm.This way ...." hey relax....it's only a BB gun "!! ( i've had to do it once already).
    I've been telling all my gun owning buddies " before you buy another "real" gun, you gotta get one of these". And stock upon ammo, even loading one shot at a time, you;ll be amazed at how fast they go.
  19. CalebJns

    CalebJns Well-Known Member

    Pellet guns are the way to go! I lived in a subdivision growing up, and we weren't "allowed" to shoot .22's...We would hunt squirrels with our pellet guns. Could not tell you how many we put away (cleaned and ate)...all from pellet guns. The break barrels (in my opinion) are the fastest and least costly (over time). If you purchase one that requires the use of CO2, you will have to purchase CO2 cartridges. I enjoy the hunt with a pellet gun, just because it feels more like you have to "place" your shot well. Actually saw a show on the Outdoors Channel the other day, where Wildlife Managers for a deer farm, were killing Coyotes with pellet guns, if not mistaken, they were the break barrel type ($3,000+ as mentioned before) There are some "expensive" toys, as well as cheap...come to think of it, my dad is having the same problem just this week...I advised him of the same, get a break barrel, scope it, sight it in...blast away. Good Luck, and happy Hunting!

    By the Way...they have been known to "burn" houses, destroy roofs, destroy attics, etc. So get them, before they get you.
  20. dralarms

    dralarms Well-Known Member

    Got squirrels? I have 1 word for you. CATS. I had the vermin running around here until I had soem cats move in to my yard. Now the vermin are all but gone, I hear one cussing me once in a while but they won;t do it long, the cats hear that sound and they go after them.:evil:
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