I am sick and tired of seeing the rabbits eat my newly planted aptenia
They do not even look at my new rabbit trap, what with all the lush green
plants around them.
This is war. What kind of air rifle and pellets should I look for to shoot
rabbits at about 50 feet?
My neighbors will not hear an air rifle but they would be greatly alarmed
when hearing a .22. This is the city.
Thanks for any input. I have not shot an air rifle in 80 years. Lots of
experience with machine guns, though.
Yes. I had 'prison cat' that I adopted. The first rabbit near my
garden was shot dead, skinned and grilled. "Jessie" got the pelt.
After that, she was a rabbit hunter. She went into dens, ate every
bunny she could find...leaving only the kidney as a present.
One shot, one kill with .177 air rifle.
I'm sorry., I missed the last sentence about your 80 years. Thank you
for your service.
You are 'the Greatest Generation", and I mean that truly.
I'm only 72, and was 7 when WWII ended, but I wish I could have been
there with you..
Second the CB caps, but put a small balloon on the end, maybe even like
those used for blow up "sculptures". Just an inch or two is all you need.
A poor man's silencer. The loud pop of a regular .22 is from the powder,
but it is also from the projectile going supersonic, and the CBs are
subsonic. The balloon will take almost all the pop out of it.
A good pump air gun would be good, too. CO2 costs too much for those little
cylinders. Trouble is, unless it is a clean head shot, they go off wounded,
and when several dead ones show up, some tree hugger will start the dominos
falling. If you do get an air rifle, get the .22 cal for a little more
punch, and go for head shots. Be patient and don't take any long shots.
Try to have them against backdrops that will stop any errant lead, or that
tree hugger I mentioned will now have a slug as evidence to start the
Compare fps velocities. You can pump some up to very good velocities. Even
more than the 850 fps of CB powder driven .22 caps. Buy a quality gun, not
a cheap one, and not one of the $1,000 ones either.
Good luck. I have a lot of fun with my .177 cal.
My wife complained about the Deer eating her plants. I had a couple of
long rifles, including a .22 cal., a 30.06, and a .69 cal. flintlock musket.
I just like guns because they are machines. I don't hunt or want to kill
anything, except maybe some low life humans, so I went out and bought a
Crossman BB rifle.
The first time I drew a bead on a a Deer, I choked. Although I didn't
want to kill it, I didn't want to hurt it either.
My wife told me it's her, or the deer.
I helped her pack. :-)
You won't believe the power of spring air rifles these days. Get on
down to your local Walmart and pick up a Storm X - it is essentially
the same as Crossman's Quest 1000- but it is about $100 at Walmart.
Mine has dispatched 100s of squirrels and a few rabbits. Head shots
at 100 feet are standard fare. I tossed the scope and use iron
sights. [well- fluorescent plastic-- but they are open]
Take it to the basement for the first 10 shots or so. when new it has
some extra oil & sounds like a 22 long rifle.
And watch your backstop- this isn't your 80 years ago air rifle.
[neither is this- http://sniper99.com/ ]
Your words of endorsement caused me to visit walmart.com. I
didn't find Storm X, but several pellet rifles in the $100+
range ... all undoubtedly made by the Great Wall Air Rifle
And Sneaker Company.
Some are described as "repeaters" and then in the details
its says "single shot". These are break-barrel guns.
They're new enough to not have user reviews yet. Would you
guess that the "repeater" is just an ad error, or means
That sucks-- But Cabelas is selling the Quest for $120 now- so Walmart
must have struck a deal with Gamo.
Actually Gamo has a pretty good reputation. I'd certainly look into
them for some reviews online before I wrote them off. There are a
few airgun forums that I visited years ago--
Here's one devoted to gamo-
[and just a little looking around there indicates that Gamo *is*
and an airgun usenet group- alt.sport.air-guns.
I'd vote for an ad error-- after all it is Walmart.<g> I did have
a multi pump gun that I would call a repeater. It held 100 BBbs or
so, and you had to turn it upside down to feed a BB. For pellets
there was a little 5shot clip that you slid along to feed each pellet.
I don't see how that would work on a break-barrel gun-- but I'm not an
here's an even better air rifle;
but more expensive. you get what you apy for.
It may be illegal to discharge a firearm in your town/city limits.
Even a .22.
then you have to worry where any misses will go.
Most places that have strict laws about shooting guns will bust you
for an air rifle too. Of course there are also game laws that cover
shooting a rabbit just about anywhere.
"Come and get me copper" I guess
The reality is, as long as there is food around, you won't make that
much of a dent in the rabbit population but they are good eating.
Why not just trap them? Tell the neighbors toy are taking them out to
a friend's farm.
Fillet and release. ;-)
Most states have gun laws pertaining to Firearms, not BB guns, except
for the age of the bearer.
Some states have restrictions on how close to a residence a firearm can
be discharged, like 500 ft in NYS, which is really stupid, since a 12
cal shotgun can fire a deer slug almost a mile (5280 ft)..
The only laws pertaining to BB guns in NYS are usually menacing,
reckless endangerment, assault, or criminal mischief, etc..
or pistol, is legally classified as a firearm. This applies to any type
BB or pellet, pump, spring or CO2. I have seen people charged and taken
to court for weapons carrying offenses here for having an unloaded Red
Rider BB gun in their auto trunk.
EJ in NJ
Be careful with that assumption. New York Statute Section 265.35
"Prohibited use of weapons" says
" 3. Any person who, otherwise than in self defense or in the
discharge of official duty, (a) wilfully discharges any species of
firearms, air-gun or other weapon, or throws any other deadly missile,
either in a public place, or in any place where there is any person to
be endangered thereby, "
If you are in a suburban setting they will say you were ...
in a public place, or in a place where there is a person to be
That is particularly true if someone calls the cops.
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