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What caliber for Brood II cicadas?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Navy_Guns, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. Navy_Guns

    Navy_Guns Well-Known Member

    The map shows I should get some of those red-eyed buggers this spring, unlike the one a couple years ago that just missed my county. I figure my son and I can get in some quality air rifle practice in our back yard. Remember, shot placement is everything with cicadas - if you don't place your shot properly, you may end up hitting 4 instead of just one.
  2. zdc1775

    zdc1775 Well-Known Member

    I used several different weapons against the Brood I that was here last year. Main choice was a Red Ryder but also used a 22 Benjamin and a 410 that my uncle loaded up with some corn cob tumbling media.
  3. RFMan

    RFMan Well-Known Member

    Just make sure you double up your hearing protection :D
  4. RedBowTies88

    RedBowTies88 Well-Known Member

    #9 shot in a 12 gauge should work well :D

    I'm supposedly right in the path of those same cicadas this yea
  5. GambJoe

    GambJoe Well-Known Member

    I have the same question about toads.
  6. Shanghai McCoy

    Shanghai McCoy Well-Known Member

    Red Ryder and plenty of bb's...
  7. Dave P

    Dave P Well-Known Member

    and they wonder why we want full capacity magazines!!!
  8. Stargazer65

    Stargazer65 Well-Known Member

    Shouldn't this be in the hunting forum? :D

    Anybody have any good recipes?
  9. cavman

    cavman Well-Known Member

  10. Outlaw Man

    Outlaw Man Well-Known Member

    This reminds me of one of those B horror flicks, like the one with the giant mosquitoes (which is true to life in certain parts of Arkansas). In that case, I recommend one of those Antiaircraft Barrett 50s.

    If they're anything like the mosquitoes here, you need armor piercing or HE. Regular FMJ just knocks them off course, which could take out innocent bystanders or small buses.
  11. Noah

    Noah Well-Known Member

    Cicadas? I'd use my airsoft electric rifle. The .25gram 6mm BBs @425 fps aren't much but should take down a cicada without trouble. It also fires over 12 per second pretty accurately on full auto. :evil:
  12. BigBore44

    BigBore44 Well-Known Member

    Ok seriously,
    There is an actual map that predicts the migration of cicadas? Can anyone say "pork spending"?!!!!

    Btw, anyone got a link to this map? I would really like to see it.
  13. InkEd

    InkEd Well-Known Member

    They can wreck havoc on a crop field.
  14. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I'm thinking trapping this year!

    Just haven't figured out the plan yet.

  15. JFtheGR8

    JFtheGR8 Well-Known Member

    50 BMG, take the whole tree down then squash them underfoot.

    I've never really thought about shooting at them. Can't you just spray them with soapy water and they'll suffocate?

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  16. natman

    natman Well-Known Member

    Be sure to use enough gun. They really are armor plated.

    You don't want to wound them, it just makes them angry.
  17. jerkface11

    jerkface11 Well-Known Member

    Do they make good bait for any fish?
  18. silicosys4

    silicosys4 Well-Known Member

    no, there are supposedly so many of them they have a "predator satiation" mechanism....overwhelm all predators and the extras breed.
    Any fish you throw them at will be gorged already
  19. rodinal220

    rodinal220 Well-Known Member

    .25 is the trick. I would use my Beeman Kodiak in .25 with some Beeman Kodiak pellets(H&N Barracuda).
  20. GrOuNd_ZeRo

    GrOuNd_ZeRo Well-Known Member

    If they come to Oklahoma I got a couple of scoped pellet guns with their names on it.
    I am deadly accurate with both rifles and both shoot around 850-1000 FPS range.

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