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What caliber for Brood II cicadas?

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

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  1. Navy_Guns

    Navy_Guns Member

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

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    #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

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

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    Red Ryder and plenty of bb's...
     
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    and they wonder why we want full capacity magazines!!!
     
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    Shouldn't this be in the hunting forum? :D

    Anybody have any good recipes?
     
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    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.
     
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    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

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    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

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

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    I'm thinking trapping this year!

    Just haven't figured out the plan yet.

    rc
     
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    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

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

    You don't want to wound them, it just makes them angry.
     
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    Do they make good bait for any fish?
     
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    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
     
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    .25 is the trick. I would use my Beeman Kodiak in .25 with some Beeman Kodiak pellets(H&N Barracuda).
     
  20. GrOuNd_ZeRo

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    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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    .22 Benjamin Marauder Pistol (carbinized) with H&N pellets and BugBuster scope. Or any scope with down to 5 or 10 ft. of parallax focus, and low mag. adjustment. Mildot handy for close range apparent holdover.
     
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    anything with rat or snake shot. see how many you can take out with one shot, with each caliber

    .22lr,
    .357,
    .44 mag,
    all sound like perfect bug killers, lol
     
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    In a perfect world I'd go with one of those double barrel .22 LR/12 gauge combo's.

    The 12 could handle all the general purpose and flying shots, and the .22 could reach way up high in the trees for the precision work.

    Since it's not a perfect world and .22 LR is scarce then I might just use the 12 gauge with #9 shot and substitute a slug when I needed the reach.

    Or you could fill your backyard with tarantula's and have them do the work for you...but then you'd have a heinous tarantula problem after the cicada's are gone so that might be a no-win scenario.
     
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    If they come by my part of the country we have a little critter called a fire ant that would love to meet them. Might not be enough left to shoot at.:)
     
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    That's right. Those ants are kinda small. A hungry Cicada might need to eat 5 or 6 of those ants! :D
     
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