Air rifle for raccoon? Needs to be quiet

Discussion in 'Air Guns' started by Buck13, Aug 25, 2018.

  1. Fine Figure of a Man

    Fine Figure of a Man Member

    Jun 11, 2011
    Seems contradictory to me but whatever.

    These will kill a coon if you are reasonably close. Another option would be 22 shorts. I think people worry to much about gunshot noise. If you are blasting away for an hour sure. An occasional pop from a 22 short, don't worry about it.

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  2. TikkaShooter

    TikkaShooter Member

    Aug 9, 2016
    NE Georgia
    Perhaps, as my daughter has always said people believe you are complex; but you aren't. My second wife agrees with my daughter.

    I spent 30 months of my life in a place far away myself. Glorified light infantry is a fair description.

    We have something in common. I stink at the written word too. Somehow what I meant to say doesn't communicate what I meant...

    I pass by more shots than I take. Even with tree rats (squirrels) I study them at 10X. If they want to eat some bird seed, I don't care. OTOH, if they chew my feeders up; then, I pay attention to their markings. Hopefully, I will only cull the destructive ones. I view taking a life, any life as a very serious thing to do.
    I struggle with the cowbirds as they lay their eggs in the nests of other birds. The song birds which we enjoy.
    Somehow, I feel I am certain you understand what I am saying.

    I apologize if you thought I would come to the defense of marginal and I mean that apology.

    We feed birds, deer and hummingbirds as we enjoy watching them. Seeing two young bucks raise up and bump heads is really special. OTOH, if feral hogs came; I'd shoot them. Drop them off at a local butcher who will donate the meat to the local food bank with no questions asked.

    Humans are quite resilient; if and when they decide if they will die; a lot of the enemy will company them to the promised land..
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  3. jmohme

    jmohme Member

    Feb 17, 2014
    We used a trap on the last raccon that was visiting at night to snatch chickens. Caught him the first night and disposed of him via 9mm then next day.
    No catch and release here. I don't think you could relocate far enough away. Once they find easy pickings, they will be back.
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  4. fpgt72

    fpgt72 Member

    Aug 2, 2011
    Game can said he never came back.... coyote tried but could not dig under...only thing that came back is skunk
  5. Stevie-Ray

    Stevie-Ray Member

    Feb 22, 2003
    Mitchi-gun, the Sunrise Side
    My go to for pests around the yard, is an old Sheridan Blue Streak. Has a hearty snap to it for sound, but is far quieter than a .22 short. Found that out the other day when I fired off 3 of the shorts to sacrifice them for their brass, to experiment on BX-25 mags.

    They seemed a lot quieter when I was a kid. Coulda swore they were no more than a phut.o_O
  6. amd6547

    amd6547 Member

    May 27, 2006
    North Coast of OHIO
    When I was considering what to shoot problem coons with, I settled on my grand dad's old Savage pump .22, loaded with cci Quiet. With the long barrel it has, it is almost like it has a suppressor on it.
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  7. fpgt72

    fpgt72 Member

    Aug 2, 2011
    I think it really depends on just how long the barrel is.
  8. deadeye dick

    deadeye dick Member

    Mar 5, 2010
    Easley S.C.
    As Airmojo said, I shoot the squrrels and just let them lay. By nightfall the fox comes by and removes them.
  9. telomerase

    telomerase Member

    Mar 11, 2003
    The bear-infested hills of Grafton NH
    See, what you needed was something to get rid of chickens. I suggest a Hannaford's or a Kroger's ;)
  10. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ Member

    Nov 29, 2019
    I used to hunt raccoon as a teen.
    We ran walker hounds.

    Yes the coon will most likely die if the shot makes it past the skin and muscle.
    Just how many air rifle shots you going to hit it with before the wounded coon croaks on your neighbors back patio?

    I think the .22 magnum is the perfict raccoon hunting round.
    Ive seen a trapper dispatch a coon in a boxcage trap with a .22 handgun
    It seems coon wont sit still for a perfict shot and with a marginal firearm?
    Your chances of a anchoring single shot is not great.

    If the bullet makes it through a 2x4 it should kill a coon at prudent range.

    Id suggest using std velocity LR in a long barreled .22 rifle and close range on a windy night.

    In town I can hear the neighbor kid shoot his air rifle.
    The muffled PAP is unmistakenable.
    In the house with TV going you'd mostblikely not hear it.

    Usually coon once hit by a bullet coon will stop running and do some roilling around a bit trying to bite what stung it before it takes off.
    Usually but not always.

    Best option is
    A live trap secured open a couple days as you bait coon using a can of sardines in back the trap.
    Then set your trap and bait with a can sardines (poke some holes in can w ice pick) wired to floor at back the trap.
    When you get your coon.
    Slide trap in a big burlap bag and you can take it outta town for disposal.
    How you dispatch the coon is your choice.

    You will need a hunting license and furbearer permit.

    Just remember this.
    If your trying to keep this on the down low.
    89% the time the critter is not going to stick to your plan.
    Its going to expire in the worst possible place, at the worst possible time, and in front of the worst possible people.
    To make you look as bad as can be.
    (Why do you suppose you think I said that?)o_Oo_O

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  11. Manmarco

    Manmarco Member

    Jan 14, 2020
  12. Manmarco

    Manmarco Member

    Jan 14, 2020
    Couple of things, twice I've trapped boar coons in a hav-a-heart trap. Tried shooting both of them with sub-sonic 22 shorts as I live in an area with 1 acre lots and we all know how funny some people get about animals. Anyway, both of them were shot in the head down through the top of the trap and both times I had to get a S&W 22 long rifle revolver to kill the animal. Both cases they were after the food for the cats, the last one was going in the garage through the cat door.
  13. troy fairweather

    troy fairweather Member

    Mar 21, 2018
    Up State New York
    I knew this old trapper, he had a box like thing you could fit a few havaheart traps in. it was air tight and a hose that fit over a car exhaust.
  14. George P

    George P Member

    Jan 10, 2018
    A .22 or .25 PCP air rifle with integral silencer (no tax stamp) would do the job with the right pellet and shot placement. You can get PCPs in 9mm and 357 calibers as well.
  15. Catman42

    Catman42 Member

    Aug 18, 2019
    i shoot coons that go on my east deck with one of my .22 revolvers or my 22 rifle. i live in the country so noise is not a problem. the problem is even if i do a good shot they flop a lot and throw blood every wheres. i really have to hose down good after each time. as for me they dont kill easy. skunks do but not coons. i bet they would even run away with a arrow in them. my rancher neighbor flipped his deck light on once and 12 coons sat looking at him. they are tough. once they find your place you have to get rid of them. same for skunks. same for snakes in the summer. same for mountain lions. sorry got off subject some. weasels, the cats kill them.
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  16. Septicdeath

    Septicdeath Member

    Jan 12, 2020
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    Any of the Hatsan Magnums would do the trick. And you only need the rifle and some pellets. PCP is great but expect to spend $$$ on the extra necessary equipment. 20200117_170959.jpg 1579028836_5850570585e1e1164254961.54903397_IMG_20200114_103746_2.jpg
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