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 Post subject: Air Rifle for Squirrel
PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:18 am 
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Anybody using an air rifle for squirrel hunting?
If so what brand & caliber? Does it work for you and at what distances do you find it most effective?




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 Post subject: Re: Air Rifle for Squirrel
PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:16 pm 
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Not for hunting but for elimination - a RWS 34 with a scope in .177. Seems to work at least to 25 yards - the furthest so far I have shot a squirrel.
IF I was going for real hunting, I would opt for a 22 or 25 caliber

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 Post subject: Re: Air Rifle for Squirrel
PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:45 pm 
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Benjamin Marauder. It’s a sweet sweet air rifle.


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 Post subject: Re: Air Rifle for Squirrel
PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:15 pm 
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Gamo Coyote PCP in .22 cal. with 2x7 Redfield scope. Instant death at 50 yards from a rest. They did about $1000 damage to my motorhome wiring. This will not be tolerated!!

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 Post subject: Re: Air Rifle for Squirrel
PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:28 pm 
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Best airgun I hever had for hunting was a Cometa Fenix .22 magnum.
I killed a couple of foxes at 25 and 35 yards with it, unch of Bunnies a lot further out too.

If I was going to hunt serious with one I'd get a PPC but if I just wanted to wack the odd small varmint and pest bird I'd have one again.
But it did put pellets through hard wood fence posts at 20 yards in my mums backyard when I was sorting out some pest birds.
So never underestimate one.

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 Post subject: Re: Air Rifle for Squirrel
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:12 am 
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Location: Alabama
Daystate Huntsman Regal XL PCP in .22
Very accurate and very quiet.
But does cost $$$$.

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 Post subject: Re: Air Rifle for Squirrel
PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:54 pm 
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Webley FX PCP .22 with 4-12 x 44 A.O. scope. when most people see it they think it's my deer hunting rifle.


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 Post subject: Re: Air Rifle for Squirrel
PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:18 pm 
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I have a Weihrauch HW90 in .22 that will drop them at 30 yards, as well as a pair of Hatsans in .25 that will do the same and more.

Just be cautioned that air rifles are like shotguns (and fly rods and cameras and...). Next thing you know, you'll have a closet chuck full of them.

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 Post subject: Re: Air Rifle for Squirrel
PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:02 pm 
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I just gave a couple away because of it, too many sitting around taking up space.

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 Post subject: Re: Air Rifle for Squirrel
PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:42 pm 
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My state recently allowed air guns for some game, squirrel included. I've purchased a few different brands of break barrel rifles in .22 & .177 in the last couple of years. All of the rifles were around $100.00 each. (Crosman, Ruger, Gamo and Hatsan. All came with scopes. Read inexpensive!) Currently the one that I prefer is the .22 Hatsan Stiker Edge. At 30 yards or less it works. It won’t replace my favorite single shot shotgun for squirrel hunting but it is an option.


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 Post subject: Re: Air Rifle for Squirrel
PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:12 am 
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Location: UK, England, Britain
HW80
.177
11 ft/lbs limit here
cracking shots even pushed it 40 yards.
20 yards normal though
H&N FTT pellets


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 Post subject: Re: Air Rifle for Squirrel
PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:57 am 
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About six years ago, I wrote a primer on choosing an air rifle and posted it on the AR15.com website. They were starting a section devoted to airguns and it seemed useful at the time. Anyway, if you have a few minutes, you might glean some useful information:

https://www.ar15.com/forums/Armory/10-million-words-to-answer-a-simple-What-airgun-question--/54-402437/


Bottom line:
• Spring guns are simple. With a just a gun and a tin of pellets, you're good to go. They are harder to shoot well (learning curve) and they're hard on scopes.
• Pre-charged Pneumatics are easier to use. There's no recoil and they won't bust scopes. Repeaters are a thing. Lots of power. The downside is you need a whole bunch of stuff to run them . . . tanks, pumps, etc. . . . also more expensive
• Quality is the only economy. Spend a lot more money than you think.


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 Post subject: Re: Air Rifle for Squirrel
PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:07 am 
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RWS 350 mag, 177 cal, 3x9 scope works well


But it really depends on your budget $$$$??????

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 Post subject: Re: Air Rifle for Squirrel
PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:43 am 
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Bladeswitcher wrote:
About six years ago, I wrote a primer on choosing an air rifle and posted it on the AR15.com website. They were starting a section devoted to airguns and it seemed useful at the time. Anyway, if you have a few minutes, you might glean some useful information:

https://www.ar15.com/forums/Armory/10-million-words-to-answer-a-simple-What-airgun-question--/54-402437/


Bottom line:
• Spring guns are simple. With a just a gun and a tin of pellets, you're good to go. They are harder to shoot well (learning curve) and they're hard on scopes.
• Pre-charged Pneumatics are easier to use. There's no recoil and they won't bust scopes. Repeaters are a thing. Lots of power. The downside is you need a whole bunch of stuff to run them . . . tanks, pumps, etc. . . . also more expensive
• Quality is the only economy. Spend a lot more money than you think.



Thanks Bladeswitcher. Good article. Always enjoy reading your comments.




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