Skip to comments.Pellet Gun For Within-City-Limits Varmit Control
Posted on 01/12/2010 9:13:29 AM PST by Jewbacca
I have got squirrels all over my damn house, ruining flower beds, getting in the attic, etc. Some idiot introduced them (they are not native) to our town and they are going crazy with no natural predators.
I live in a city (suburb) where the discharge of firearms is rather disfavored.
My friends and neighbors have opted for the pellet gun approach --- some with the C02 pistol spray-and-pray approach --- some with the scoped rifled (nailed one myself at a friend's house at 30 yards).
I know squat about pellet guns, other than they come in .177 and .22.
welllll...a .22 is really just a big cylindrical pellet...
True, but the holes in my neighbor’s house would be unneighborly.
.22 cal benjamin is awesome, but you cannot discharge pellet guns within city limits either. It is a violation of the law. If anyone reports you, police will come.
I use a .177 Gamo with field point pellets at ~1000 fps and it does work on squirrels out to 20-30 yards.
Since I am in a rural area, I often also use a smoothbore .22 (garden gun) with .22 shotshells. It’s louder than a pellet gun, but #12 shot will not travel more than 150 feet even if the gun is fired at a 30-40 degree angle.
—here’s something else you need to know—
Benjamin is a brand?
Understand re: the law. But they don’t go “bang,” ergo unlikely to be reported.
.177 or 22 are fine. I’ve had success with either. In my experience, .177 is easier to find around the stores.
Also, check with your city laws, some places allow for varmit control. Serious. So it wouldn’t be a big deal if your in your yard shooting them. I dunno, if you doing your shooting out the window, etc.
I don't think there is a tremendous amount of difference among the various brands you can get at Walmart and other retailers.
I have a Crossman/Benjamin .22, but the .177 has much higher velocity (1000 fps versus 650 fps), so they are probably about equal for small varmints.
DCON works great.I use it here in the sticks
In your situation it is better to use rat traps baited with peanut butter. Nail them to a tree or leave them on the ground. Guaranteed success.
If any noise is an issue, remove a window screen and fire through the open window from 8-10 feet back inside the room, that will further dampen things, plus you will not be visible.
I have an RWS “Diana” .177 cal rifle. Very effective, though a little slow in the reloading department. Good muzzle velocity, especially with the newer “PBA” pellets.
I seem to do better with the iron sights than with the scope.
If you’re going after squirrels, this would be a good choice
he also needs this part of the site:
Pay your $200.00 tax for a suppressor, and buy a Gemtech Outback II (www.gem-tech.com).
I kind of like the idea of putting those glue traps in strategic areas of the backyard...
A .177 works well, get as close to 1000 fps as you can. I bought a 1 cock, as opposed to a pump up, at a bulk tools sale for $20. It murders the fuzzy tailed rats. Kill them all before they move into your attic
Yeah, check your city and state codes (county?) to make sure pellet guns aren’t classified as firearms for purposes of discharge within city limits and to make sure doing so doesn’t violate any other laws.
Another approach I’ve used, once the ground squirrels out here got very wary was to get a live trap. Once trapped, they can be taken into the garage and dispatched.
You can’t miss with a Havahart. Not sporting, but what the heck.
I have an RWS side-lever air rifle in .177 cal. I believe it is accurate and powerful enough to do away with squirrels.
Chinese air rifles that I have seen are crap. IMO.
Are squirrels Kosher?
Which ever you choose, I’d stick with a single pump “break barrel”. When it comes time to rid the yard of male cats, the quiet aspect of a single pump is much appreciated.
I tried this method and failed. I used peanut butter as a glue to affix birdseed to the trap. I nailed them to a tree trunk, 6 feet up, so my cats would not get to them. Every day I came home to an empty trap: No squirel, and no more peanut butter/birdsseed either. I used plain old rat traps, which look like big moustraps.
The whisper looks like a good solution.
Do you have to sight in the scope or does it come as a package more-or-less sighted in?
Sheridan Blue Streak, with wood stocks. I’ve had the cheaper Crossman gun— they don’t last. In any event, stay away from the plastic stocks guns, if you can. A .177 pellet is sufficient for varmint control.
-—Gamo has several quiet models, including one called the “Whisper”—they have a muzzle brake that acts as a sound suppressor—
They are not kosher. Going in the dumpster.
Nice gun, I have one that’s about 40 years old. My real favorite though is my QB78 in .22 Cost 100 bucks and with a little modification shoots 750 fps. Amazingly accurate too.
I don’t know. They likely have it close. Of course, sighting in isn’t difficult given your access to the FR firearms experts.
Be sure to sight it in with the ammo you’ll be using.
“Are squirrels Kosher?”
No. Nor are my neighbors cajun. But they do have dogs.
The one's out here are plague carriers. I live at boubonic ground zero.
Others have said it, but I will stress it again: do not let anyone see you shooting ANYTHING within city limits!
Crossman 760. They’ve been making them for decades. Its a pump - no CO2 cylinders. Pump it 10 time and hit the varmint with a pellet and thats it for the critter.
Its cheap, too - $20-$30.
I am not worried about my back yard, but I have several large oaks and pecans in the front yard, which are just as infested.
Thinking about a pistol for concealment purposes; just get under the tree and shot about 10 times.
I actually have a Gamo .22 cal break barrel right now for the purposes of varmit control in the back yard. It’s a smooth bore that fires both pellets and shot shells.
It does not have a muzzle break, but I have noticed that if you fire it without a pellet, it is louder than a .22 rifle. However when fired with a pellet or a shot shell, all you can really hear is the the sound of the spring decompressing. I have fired it from within the house into the bird feeder (at pesky squirrels who refuse to eat the seeds on the ground that I put out for them), so it seems impossible that my neighbors will hear it.
The only thing that I do not like about this Gamo break barrel is that it only has a shot gun bead sight. It is very hard to be accurate with a pellet with that sight and the smooth bore barrel. I bought a 25 $ cheapy laser sight for it, but the spring decompression actually produces a kick that is strong enough to un-sight the laser every time it is fired.
Oh and the shotgun shells are deadly for Mr. Squirrel, but they are quite expensive compared to pellets. I do love my Gamo, but I’ll never forget that Benjamin Sheridan from when I was a kid.
Dogs gotta eat ... same as buzzards.
If you shoot from within your house, most of the report will be muffled. Also, nobody will see you waving a rifle around.
However, try a Have A heart live trap....they work great when baited with peanuts.........then dispose of the squirrel any way you want.
FWIW, I caught 4 squirrels and a possum in the course of a week two weeks ago in my trap.......
I have a Sheridan pump. Accurate, affordable and quiet.
And a .22 CB or BB round will do the same job at about the same noise level.
If you’re a lousy shot and noise isn’t a concern, a Mossberg 12 ga with 00 buck is a good choice. You may have to relandscape, however.
Whatever solution you choose has to overcome the reproduction curve. That is, it has to eliminate the squirrels faster than they breed.
One solution might be a “death barrel”, with a fast, spring lid, so that when the squirrel goes for the bait, they drop into the barrel. The bottom of the barrel is charged daily with carbon dioxide from vinegar and baking soda. So as soon as the squirrel drops and hits the bottom, it suffocates with its first breath. Since CO2 is heavier than air, the barrel will stay charged until the dead squirrels are emptied from it.
Quick and painless, and the lid can be secured until the squirrels get used to jumping on it.
Depends on the city. Where I live, there is no law on the books regarding pellet guns within the city limits.
--if you can hit a grasshopper offhand at twenty-five feet you are deadly on anything "real"--