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Pellet Rifle for Small Game

Postby WeinerDog » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:25 am

I was thinking about eating after an EMP attack or monetary collapse and thought I’d get a .22 rifle to kill the many squirrel and rabbits behind my house. I was concerned about the noise as neighbors are close and authorities could be looking to confiscate weapons.
So, can someone offer expert advice about pellet shooting rifles that are sufficient for the task ? Preferably under $200 but if it takes more to get quality that’s not a problem. Also what scope would be a good fit. Thanks !!!
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Re: Pellet Rifle for Small Game

Postby M-Quigley » Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:41 am

WeinerDog wrote:I was thinking about eating after an EMP attack or monetary collapse and thought I’d get a .22 rifle to kill the many squirrel and rabbits behind my house. I was concerned about the noise as neighbors are close and authorities could be looking to confiscate weapons.
So, can someone offer expert advice about pellet shooting rifles that are sufficient for the task ? Preferably under $200 but if it takes more to get quality that’s not a problem. Also what scope would be a good fit. Thanks !!!


I don't have an answer, but I was thinking of getting a pellet rifle for small game also. Not because of any TEOTWAWKI situation, but simply because there is a lot of small game on my property that might be unsafe to shoot at with a .22, depending on where they are standing. The wife would like some wild rabbit. None of the critters want to make it convenient and stand in front of my private range. :lol:
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Re: Pellet Rifle for Small Game

Postby Face » Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:15 pm

Isn't Pyramid air local to you? number 1 online air rifle store - no idea if they havd an actual store.
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Re: Pellet Rifle for Small Game

Postby ruger » Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:47 pm

I bought a Crosman Redtail .22 caliber pellet rifle just before Christmas. Haven’t shot it yet but its muzzle velocity is rated at 900 ft per second. Synthetic stock and came with a 4x32 fixed scope.

Fin Feather had them on special for $99.
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Re: Pellet Rifle for Small Game

Postby Bruenor » Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:26 pm

Lots of them avail these days with "suppressors" on them some even come in multi caliber .177 and .22 barrels that you can swap included.
Gamo, Beeman, Ruger and Remington are carried at Walmart in that price range. You will probably want something that is break action, not multi-pump or Co2, as those will probably not meet your requirements.

In the higher price range (some from Pyramyd) there are the high pressure rifles, that you can charge from a scuba tank or 2 stage air pump..

Aside from that, pyramyd air is your best bet for anything air gun related.
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Re: Pellet Rifle for Small Game

Postby Newcomer » Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:29 pm

You missed a great sale at Kame’s before Christmas. They had a Beeman quiet-tek in .177 for $69
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Re: Pellet Rifle for Small Game

Postby Cruiser » Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:55 pm

As I understand it a true suppressor is legal on a air rifle!
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Re: Pellet Rifle for Small Game

Postby scottb » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:35 pm

I have taken some rabbits with my Crosman (.177). It’s very quiet.
https://www.crosman.com/nitro-venom-dusk-177
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Re: Pellet Rifle for Small Game

Postby Bruenor » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:10 pm

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Re: Pellet Rifle for Small Game

Postby techmike » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:16 pm

I have one of the early .22 Gamo's, that came with the integrated "suppressor". I was not impressed with the suppressor, but it does make a nice hand grip when cocking the rifle. It is a springer, so there was a certain amount of twang when shooting, and the trigger sucked. I put an after market trigger in, and did the pneumatic upgrade - replaced the coil spring with a pneumatic tube. Got rid of the twang, but it increased the velocity so much that even the heavy .22 pellets have a distinctive crack when fired. It is no longer my "backyard critter gitter" because of the noise. But would certainly suffice for small game hunting, in the event.
As for quiet hunting at short range, my .22 Marlin bolt rifle and Colibri ammo is the best. Colibri has no powder, just a light projectile and the primer. When target shooting I can hear the firing pin strike, and hear the bullet hit a can. Nothing else. I know for a fact that the Colibri bounces off a racoon, but squirrels & rabbits are not so immune.
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Re: Pellet Rifle for Small Game

Postby AlanM » Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:37 am

I carried on a war with ground squirrels (mistakenly called chipmunks by many) with a Crossman 760 air rifle. They were causing my poured slab patio to sink.
For the first three summers after we moved into our house in the Fairlawn area of Akron I would sit in the dining room window on weekends and pick off the little bastards while I had my morning coffee.
I usually used my firewood pile as a backstop.
I have an inexpensive 4x scope on it and got pretty darned good at sniping without disturbing my neighbors.

What I find nice about this particular air rifle is the pellet "magazines" that are available for it.

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Re: Pellet Rifle for Small Game

Postby WeinerDog » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:16 pm

Question guys: I have bad arthritis in my hands; are most pellet rifles that you could hunt
with difficult to cock ?
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Re: Pellet Rifle for Small Game

Postby WeinerDog » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:18 pm

Tech mike, I assume the Colibri ammo won’t work with magazine fed guns. Not enough power correct ? Will it work with ANY bolt action?
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Re: Pellet Rifle for Small Game

Postby techmike » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:27 pm

WeinerDog wrote:Tech mike, I assume the Colibri ammo won’t work with magazine fed guns. Not enough power correct ? Will it work with ANY bolt action?

It won't work with a semi-auto, not enough oomph to cycle the action. It works fine in my mag-fed bolt action. It will also work in revolvers, but is not nearly as quiet. I know of no reason why it would not work in any bolt action. YMMV
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Re: Pellet Rifle for Small Game

Postby techmike » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:08 pm

WeinerDog wrote:Question guys: I have bad arthritis in my hands; are most pellet rifles that you could hunt
with difficult to cock ?

Hey WD, my Gamo is a bit stiff to cock. It wasn't too bad out-of-the-box, but I had to upgrade it to the pneumatic tube, and now it is a handful. I would suggest dropping a line to Pyramyd Air and ask them their recommendation. Link below.
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