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What caliber for Opossum? And night shooting is hard.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Chris B, Nov 6, 2007.

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  1. Chris B

    Chris B Member

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    Ok, so I woke up about 30 minutes ago to violent shreiks from just outside my window. I looked and saw an Opussum fighting my cat. I grabbed my bug out bag with light and large knife and dug up a co2 bb pistol. I ran out the front door of my apartment and around to the side where the fight was taking place. I shined my light on them and called to my cat. He ran past me and I could tell he was bleeding around his face. :mad: The Opossum stayed frozen in my light. I drew the pistol and aimed, only to realize that I've never shot at night before.

    On a side note, I am a decent shot with a pistol but don't train much since I don't have one. The opossum would be deader than dead right now if I could've used my 870 but I'm in downtown Tampa so no dice.

    So now I'm standing there with my light and bb gun fixed on the opossum, trying to figure out how to get a sight picture on the thing. :confused: I soon remember what I've read and put my thumbs together. I then realize how hard it is to line up black sights on a black target at night (when I finally do get a handgun you better believe it's gonna have some night sights). I finally get everything lined up and pull the trigger and what do you know I jerked the trigger and missed. Surprisingly the thing is still just standing there. So I let go of the trigger and pressed it again... nothing. Somehow I got a failure to return to battery on a bb gun. Tap the gun on my knee and I hear the trigger reset so I assume good to go. Get it all lined up again and SLOWLY SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER TO THE REAR. Got him just behind the ribs, as the bb didnt go exactly where I aimed it. He turns around and starts walking away rather slowly. I squeeze off a total of 6 shots (thats all I had loaded) scoring 4 hits. After the gun was empty I was watching him walk away. I saw what looked like a flesh would on his rear glimmering in my light. As I typed my cat came back and he does have a long but mostly superficial cut on his left shoulder. :cuss: Excuse the bloodlust but if he comes back I'm going to lodge a couple more pieces of copper in his ugly butt.

    So, what caliber for Opossum?

    And, what technique do you use with your flashlight and gun?
     
  2. trickyasafox

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    for the BB gun- a bit of glow in the dark nail polish will help- apply to the sights and then just shine your flashlight on them while your walking out the door.

    if your downtown I'm not sure what your legal options are. Check your local regs and see if it would be legal for you to use a super colabri type 22 round, it'd help with noise a fair bit.

    again- not sure on legalities here so make sure you check local regs. you could probably just live trap the little guy.
     
  3. U.S.SFC_RET

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    Sometimes it takes a lot to kill a opossum, BBs don't do it. 22s sometimes don't do it.
     
  4. jeepmor

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    22shorts are pretty quiet and typically just solid bullets, not HP.

    I used to shoot crows from my bedroom window as a kid at 30 yards. They had a tree like liked to land in and squawk from. A lot of grey jays met their demise from the top of that tree too. I used to call it the squawking post.
     
  5. joebogey

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    I'd be worried bout the cat. Make sure it's had its shots. Possums carry a lot of disease.
    Their scat can be deadly to horses.
     
  6. Fatelvis

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    Forget worrying about shooting at night. Just train your cat to fight! :)
     
  7. Jamie C.

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    7.62 x 54R works just fine on 'possums.
    Their head just sort of disintegrates when it's hit....


    J.C.
     
  8. Sgt.Dusk

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    LOL

    ...but I'm sure you are right Jamie C.
    No better caliber for everything that moves
     
  9. Ozark Tracker

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    possums up close and personal, just whack him a couple of times with a small pipe, when he sulls up grab him by the tail put his head on the ground lay the small pipe across the back of his neck, pull on tail till you hear a snap, killed several dozen this way, no muss no fuss, no blood, just dead possum.
     
  10. Sleeping Dog

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    Jamie C nailed it.

    Plus, with 7.62x54r you don't need a flashlight. The muzzle flash will light up the area. :D
     
  11. bogie

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    WHY grab a BB gun? Didn't you have something decent lying around?

    When I was about 7-8 or so, us kids discovered a possum that had wandered in the day dangerously close to our henhouse. So we shot it with BB guns. A LOT. We stopped to reload. Several times. Then we weren't sure if it was playing possum or not, so we got our real blow and arrow (recurve, and practice points), and shot it with that. Then we still weren't sure, so we got the axe from the woodpile, and beheaded it...

    I must have been about 8... Miracle I wasn't scarred for life...
     
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    bogie

    I like a man that's thorough. :D
     
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    1. Hav-a-hart trap baited with peanut butter and a length of rope tied to the handle.

    2. Lake, Pond or Garbage can filled with water.

    3. This step is obvious.
     
  14. 30 cal slob

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    that opossum would have been better "dispatched" with a quality air gun and some hunting hollowpoint pellets, like RWS .177's.

    i guess copper bb's are like copper-jacketed bullets. they're great for plinking and pesky birds, but not necessarily for larger varmints. they might penetrate, but don't do an awful lot of damage. i wonder if that possum will recover or die a lingering death from its wounds.

    i've taken 'coons, chucks, and even a yote with .177 airguns and hunting hollowpoint pellets. you don't need to go overkill on the gun, but you should take care to ensure that you have the proper tools to make a humane kill!
     
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    If you must be quiet I vote for the pipe or a solid 2x2, I have used the 2x2 with great sucess on raccoons. I also live in town so must be quiet. Are the new air rifles really powerful enough for possum size varmits? I had looked at them but even at 1200fps I thought the low weight of the projectile would make them useless for possum or coon. Jim.
     
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    Around the house since I'm in the burbs, I'd probably use a 22 caliber air gun. Think head shots.
     
  17. TallPine

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    Shoot one handed and hold your light in your other hand, back far enough so you can see your sights.

    And a long barreled .22 rifle doesn't make much more noise than an airgun.
     
  18. Chris B

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    I have a Remington 597 (.22 lr) but I grabbed the BB gun because I'm pretty sure I'd be arrested for discharging a firearm in the city. There is also not a safe angle to fire as I am surrounded by apartments. I mostly posed the caliber question to see how tough the things are. I took the bayonet for my AR but I really didnt want to get that close to it since I didn't know if it was rabid and honestly didn't know much at all about opossum before last night.

    I guess that's whats next if he comes back. I didn't know they were so slow to flee. I mean, I shot him 4 times and he barely covered 15 feet in that time and I was firing slowly.

    This only crossed my mind after I'd shot it. I mostly wanted a carcas so I could have that tested for rabies instead of having the cat tested. And when I saw the blood on my cat I wanted a little opossum justice.

    My cat's not very tactical, he's orange not black.:)
     
  19. Shifty

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    dust off and nuke the place from orbit. only way to be sure
     
  20. Geronimo45

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    If you wanted to use the .22, use .22 LR CBs. Very quiet, still get the job done. Or if you want to go the airgun route, Crosman's 357 - a 8-shot pellet-firing revolver - does a pretty great job. It's cheap, too.

    Also... you can use pipes and all manner of gadgets, but the quick and violent application of a steel-toed boot will often do the job. Send him sailing into the great beyond. Beware of claws and such... but a very quickly delivered kick can avoid meeting the claws.
     
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    And if you want to be quite, you can always use the 91/30 at a good wacking stick.
     
  22. boredelmo

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    Your strategies were completely wrong to begin with.

    At least one dead possum a month from my Lab/retriever mix. : ) Dogs>cats :p

    Anyways my dog makes a big racket every time he battles one and since possums come around in the middle of the night he wakes up the whole neighborhood.

    My main mode of dispatch is a shovel and......a CO2 BB pistol! What fps does yours shoot? I have also used a pump action pellet rifle for much faster results.

    A shovel works, possums play...possum (aka fake death). Pin him to the ground and he'll stop moving, then catapult him over your fence.
     
  23. bluestarlizzard

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    had one of those .22 survival rifles back in the day. it became known as "the possum gun" just as dads dog northwest was the "possum hound". we had issues explaining to the possum population around here, that under our house WAS NOT good nesting territory. so northwest would chase 'em out from under the house and up a tree. then dad would shoot the sucker, then once it fell to the ground, northwest would give it a good sniffin' (just to make sure it was dead) and then lift his leg on the little bastard!
    keep an eye on your cats wound. cats get infections easy and sometimes its not very noticable. i say, call your vet, and ask if you can't just get a round of antibiotics for him without having to go in.
     
  24. tkkr

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    It doesnt matter if its in the city since you were protecting property/the cat
     
  25. XDKingslayer

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    Get a Gamo air rifle in .22 caliber, they are almost completely silent. Mount a flashlight under the barrel and get a cheap BSA red dot site from WalMart.

    Done deal.
     
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