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GraceG

Posted on 01/02/2013 11:18:54 AM PST by GraceG

Ok, I have a squirrel problem, and I am needing some recomendations for what to get to shoot them with, namely I want to use a pellet/bb gun. I want to get one that is powerful enough to put them down quickly but not too expensive. Any recomendations?


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Wondering what brand/store would be best to use.
1 posted on 01/02/2013 11:19:06 AM PST by GraceG
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To: GraceG

the ones that I would trust are, unfortunately, expensive.

Anschutz air rifles come to mind. They are very, very, good.


2 posted on 01/02/2013 11:20:57 AM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: GraceG

You’ll shoot your eye out.


3 posted on 01/02/2013 11:22:29 AM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: GraceG

Red Rider bb will penetrate squirrel hide and kill ‘em.


4 posted on 01/02/2013 11:23:15 AM PST by Lysander (vices are not crimes.)
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To: GraceG

Benjamin model 392 works very well.


5 posted on 01/02/2013 11:24:56 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: GraceG

In the attic, in the basement- Use MOTHBALLS, very effective. just spread them around


6 posted on 01/02/2013 11:25:45 AM PST by capt B
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To: GraceG

Daisy makes a 1911 frame-replica. CO2 charged. Makes for a great “answering the door when solicitors knock” piece.

http://www.daisy.com/node/56

Stiffened my share of chipmunks in the upper-midwest with it.


7 posted on 01/02/2013 11:25:58 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Bread and Circuses; Everyone to the Coliseum!)
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To: GraceG

Beeman makes a fine air rifle. I’m partial to the spring/air type anyway. WalMart used to sell, maybe still does, a Beeman model for about $100. Accurate, fun to shoot, cheap to shoot.


8 posted on 01/02/2013 11:27:54 AM PST by Cboldt
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To: GraceG; Perdogg
An Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!

With a thing that tells time!


9 posted on 01/02/2013 11:28:14 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: GraceG

Some of these break/barreled jobs at 1200 fps are good going for $200-$300. They get pretty loud though.

How close is your target? 10-20 yards or so a cheap crosman pump will work fine and a lot quieter for $60. You’ll only get one shot anyway. For stealth a simple bb gun will sting their butts pretty good.

Just be ready to dispose of the body quick or throw it in the neighbors yard with the doberman.


10 posted on 01/02/2013 11:28:29 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: GraceG
RWS makes an excellent air rifle. So do Benjamin and Beeman. RWS makes several .22 caliber air rifles, which are better for small game.

Childhood favorites like Crosman and Daisy are unfortunately shoddy and crude these days.

11 posted on 01/02/2013 11:28:33 AM PST by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: Perdogg

You’ll shoot your eye out.

I intend to wear eye protection, and that means REAL eye protection!


12 posted on 01/02/2013 11:28:45 AM PST by GraceG
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To: GraceG

Watched a TV show about a guy building a cabin in on Kodiak Island the other night. He stated that the squirrels caused him more trouble than the bears. He then went on to say that squirrels were just rats with better outerwear. Funniest line I have heard on TV in a long time.


13 posted on 01/02/2013 11:30:06 AM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked (Our military does not kill babies, those that commit abortion kill babies.)
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To: GraceG
Save yourself the hassle of dealing with any animal loving neighbors ... go buy a "have-a-heart" trap ...

Bait it with peanuts or corn, then drive a few miles away and let them go in the woods ...

Ten days and you will have your problem solved without upsetting your neighbors ... that is until the new squirrels move into the area.

The traps are the best compromise ... if your neighbors dont care ... just get a .22LR rifle.

14 posted on 01/02/2013 11:30:15 AM PST by dartuser ("If you are ... what you were ... then you're not.")
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To: Lysander

I call BOGUS on the Red Ryder claims, unless I had a wildly underpowered version in the many years I owned and enjoyed all sorts of affordable air rifles. Oddly enough it’s the little things that make the difference - for instance there are “cheaper” Crosman pump action models which I found to be more accurate as a boy due to their “tighter” back sights and thinner sight-blades. Also well in the affordability range are the finer one-shot all-wood .177 chinese-made models with adjustable sights and even included scopes! I have one whose name escapes me but it is a fun piece and well within the power range to put down a varmint within two hundred yards. And... I think I got it at Wal-Mart!


15 posted on 01/02/2013 11:30:20 AM PST by golux
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To: capt B
In the attic, in the basement- Use MOTHBALLS, very effective. just spread them around

Are these the white/yellow mothballs? and will they keep out squirrels and birds from the attic?


16 posted on 01/02/2013 11:30:20 AM PST by GraceG
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To: GraceG

http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Gamo_Varmint_Hunter/1088

Excellent choice in .22 cal.


17 posted on 01/02/2013 11:30:40 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: GraceG

Ruger Air Hawk .177 Caliber Air Rifle Combo
About a 100 bucks Bass Pro and other retailers.


18 posted on 01/02/2013 11:31:15 AM PST by SonnyBubba
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To: GraceG

You can get a Ruger Air Hawk or Blackhawk with scope for about $100.


19 posted on 01/02/2013 11:32:41 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: GraceG

Havahart live catch traps work! I caught 20 squirrels the first year I put out 2 traps in my yard. I have 6 pecan trees they were raiding.


20 posted on 01/02/2013 11:33:07 AM PST by Elderberry
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To: GraceG

Ruger Air Hawk is about 200$ at Bass Pro Shop. Very nice air rifle.

21 posted on 01/02/2013 11:34:09 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: golux

Ahem... Correction on the yardage. I sort of Red-Rydered myself there thinking about big boy rifles.


22 posted on 01/02/2013 11:34:38 AM PST by golux
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To: GraceG

Here in the valley we, my neighbors, and us have had in the past terrible problems with squirrels. We did lotsa bad things to get rid of them, but the one thing that did the trick was a trap called the “Squirrelinator”>

Do an internet search for Squirrelinator Trap. It works. Just take the little buggars away from your property, and dump them preferably in the forest, or somewhere where they won’t find their way back, but won’t be somebody else’s problem.

Those cute little suckers are the most destructive, and tenacious consumers of backyard gardens there are I believe.


23 posted on 01/02/2013 11:34:59 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: GraceG

If you can find one - Crosman Powermaster 760. I got one in the late 60’s, and it STILL works great!


24 posted on 01/02/2013 11:35:06 AM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: showme_the_Glory

Several years ago I bought a Crosby pump up air rifle for this purpose. However, “rifle” was a misnomer as it was a smooth bore, meaning that it wasn’t very accurate. Also, when pumped up enough to kill a squirrel it cracked about as loud as a .22 short. So, if discretion is your objective I’m not sure a high powered air gun is your solution. Might as well use .22 shorts, more accurate and efficient I would say. Suggest you check your local laws concerning shooting both firearms and air guns before you go forward with this endeavor though.


25 posted on 01/02/2013 11:36:15 AM PST by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie; GraceG

I’d disagree on Crosman/Daisy not because of effectiveness but because of the sights and trigger. Most inexpensive air guns have rudimentary sights and mushy trigger pull. Bushytails are not as easy of a target as they may seem. Even stationary they exhibit lots of quick movements and a rapidly changing profile. Good sights and a light, crisp trigger are a must.


26 posted on 01/02/2013 11:38:25 AM PST by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: GraceG

I was having problems with rats in my attic. I mounted a couple of strobe lights that flash continuously about once a second in the attic. Rats were gone by the next day.


27 posted on 01/02/2013 11:38:43 AM PST by Elderberry
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To: GraceG

I use a Crosman 760 on my farm for Squirells and stray dogs. Works great and is fairly accurate. Has a nice five shot reloader for pelets or the standard “fill ‘er up” hole for BB’s.

http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Crosman_760_Pumpmaster/339

Less than $35


28 posted on 01/02/2013 11:39:25 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: GraceG

RWS model 34.


29 posted on 01/02/2013 11:39:25 AM PST by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: GraceG

I’d probably just get a .22. But, I’d probably have more fun playing with a .22 than with a Daisy.

Any ‘ol BB gun will probably suffice, provided you can hit the damn thing. Wal-mart sells Daisys for $30 or so.

SnakeDoc


30 posted on 01/02/2013 11:41:03 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (&#956;&#959;&#955;&#8060;&#957; &#955;&#945;&#946;&#941;)
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To: GraceG

A .22 rifle with CB rounds will do the job quietly and efficiently. No need for a BB gun...
Check your local hardware store. They are available in .22 LR or .22 short.


31 posted on 01/02/2013 11:41:11 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: snoringbear

check the video here? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBb7KReY6Eg


32 posted on 01/02/2013 11:41:53 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Just be ready to dispose of the body quick or throw it in the neighbors yard with the doberman.

Hey! Squirrel makes a good meal. Throw 'em over my fence while they are still fresh.

/johnny

33 posted on 01/02/2013 11:42:30 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: GraceG
GAMO-> http://www.gamousa.com/product.aspx?product=Silent%20Stalker&productID=403
34 posted on 01/02/2013 11:42:53 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: GraceG

Feed them unshelled, unsalted peanuts every day, and pray for forgiveness.


35 posted on 01/02/2013 11:43:17 AM PST by GRANGER
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To: GraceG

Most important!

Will your neighbors see you running around the yard with this “ASAULT WEAPON”?

I kid you not!
If neighbors can see you, use a trap or rodent kill.

You don’t want your rodent problem bringing “nuts” to your door.


36 posted on 01/02/2013 11:44:03 AM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: GraceG

Feed them unshelled, unsalted peanuts every day, and pray for forgiveness.


37 posted on 01/02/2013 11:44:12 AM PST by GRANGER
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To: GraceG

Put a two liter plastic bottle over the end of your .22 and have at it.


38 posted on 01/02/2013 11:45:04 AM PST by xone
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To: GraceG

Crossman 760.
http://www.crosman.com/airguns/rifles/pump/760B
Costs about $20-$40. Pump it up about 6-10 pumps an use a good brand of pellet. The squirrels won’t stand a chance.


39 posted on 01/02/2013 11:48:08 AM PST by Little Ray (Waiting for the return of the Gods of the Copybook Headings.)
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To: GraceG

If it’s legal and safe where you are, a .22 rifle loaded with sub-sonic .22 shorts might be a good option.


40 posted on 01/02/2013 11:49:57 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: GraceG

“You’ll shoot your eye out.”

When I was small, my brother shot me in the eye with a BB gun. Had to go to doctor to get BB out. The BB hit the side of my eye (missed the eye proper) and kept going to lodge in my nose.

Back in those days, there was no eye protection for anyone. If you got shot, you got shot.

I always said he did it on purpose. He was four years older than I and, like most boys, thought I was in his way all the time.


41 posted on 01/02/2013 11:50:24 AM PST by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: golux

well within the power range to put down a varmint within two hundred yards.


200 yards with a pelet gun? Obviously my standards are low. I don’t trust most 22’s at that distance.


42 posted on 01/02/2013 11:50:38 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: GraceG
For a squirrel problem, check out this device. It's designed for mice, but a larger version (larger bucket) will work for squirrels. The trap is easy to build, and it works:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79Mzsq07GAk

43 posted on 01/02/2013 11:51:24 AM PST by Leaning Right
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To: GraceG
BEEMAN GRIZZLY X2 .177/.22 BREAK-BARREL.

We use the .22 most of the time. Powerful.

44 posted on 01/02/2013 11:51:51 AM PST by NELSON111
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To: GraceG

RWS or Gamo, and in .22 cal.

.177 cal pellet rifles are more typical among the accuracy shooters, but they’re underpowered for taking down a squirrel or rabbit. I’ve shot many squirrels with a .22 cal pellet rifle.

Squirrels are nothing more or less than rats with a good PR machine behind them. If you look up the latin classification/taxonomy of rats and squirrels, you’ll see that my quip isn’t a joke.


45 posted on 01/02/2013 11:51:58 AM PST by NVDave
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To: GraceG

“You’ll shoot your eye out.”

When I was small, my brother shot me in the eye with a BB gun. Had to go to doctor to get BB out. The BB hit the side of my eye (missed the eye proper) and kept going to lodge in my nose.

Back in those days, there was no eye protection for anyone. If you got shot, you got shot.

I always said he did it on purpose. He was four years older than I and, like most boys, thought I was in his way all the time.


46 posted on 01/02/2013 11:52:42 AM PST by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: G Larry; GraceG

Good point. If you live in a town or a subdivision, the best way is to shoot from indoors. I used to kill rats in my neighbor’s trash pile that way. The SOB denied that he (and therefore I) had a rat problem so I took matters into my own hands. I’d just open a window and fire from inside a dark room without exposing the gun barrel. No one ever caught on. I imagine that he wondered about all the dead rats that he started finding, but I never jeopardized my position by asking.


47 posted on 01/02/2013 11:52:47 AM PST by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: GraceG

Any pellet gun from Walmart should work nicely.

The .22 are way to strong in a suburban or urban area and you have to be aware of where the bullet will be going after you miss. You could injure someone with it.


48 posted on 01/02/2013 11:53:00 AM PST by buffaloguy
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To: Elderberry

In case you run up against strobe-resistant rats in the future, check out my post #43 on this thread.


49 posted on 01/02/2013 11:56:06 AM PST by Leaning Right
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To: GraceG
If you have a Farm supply store near you, there are some wonderful chemical repellents on the market.
However if you live within 200yards of another dwelling, stay with the Airgun idea.
50 posted on 01/02/2013 11:56:29 AM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. I'm off to the edge of the World to Scream, be back later.)
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