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jpattersonnh
06-24-2016, 06:42 PM
Well living in the burbs, getting rid of the little bastards is limited to air pistols or air rifles. I have a great .177 caliber target rifle, but you can't hit squat accurately under 15 yards. So I started looking. I decided on a Benjamin Trail NP pistol. Cabelas had them on sale for 67.00. Bass pro locally was 104.00. That is quite a difference. Cabelas also had free shipping over 100.00, so I grabbed an airgun scope for my target rifle. The rifle has holes at different lengths on the rail, and this scope has a post to fit in the rail on the bases. It is pretty violent when you pull the trigger, lots of movement and regular scopes, no matter how tight would start to travel very quickly. The pistol has a hydraulic system that charges it instead of a spring. They advertise 625fps with the 7.5" barrel, but do not tell you that is for lead free pellets. I have 3 weights of lead pellets, two are magnum and 1 semi HP. I found it actually likes the heavier magnums best, they are Gamo's. With the heavy pellets it is about 550fps, still great for squirrels at close range. So when I got home I unpacked it and started testing at 18 yards. The semi HP's were 4" low and 4" left, they are the lightest. The mid weight magnum was 1" low and 2" left. The heavy magnums were dead on, no windage adjustment needed, just a slight elevation change. I took 6 shots, all were on the same horizontal plane and about 1" across. That will do. So after that I decided to try out the rifle. The scope is not great, clarity is ok, but not crisp 4x32. The can that I used to see about penetration (with a 2" styrofoam behind) for the pistol had fallen over, so I aimed at the 1/2" x 2.5" visible base and squeezed the trigger, It was perfect, did not have to adjust anything. .177 cal hole in front, 1/4" hole in back and a 1/2" hole in the styro. The last squirrel I shot a few weeks ago was a 3lb male, nasty little bastard. Now just a little more info on the rifle, it has a cocking lever on the side, weighs 11 pounds, has a bull barrel and with the semi HP pellets cracks like a .22.
Much quieter with heavy pellets.

1turkeyhunter
06-24-2016, 07:32 PM
Well living in the burbs, getting rid of the little bastards is limited to air pistols or air rifles. I have a great .177 caliber target rifle, but you can't hit squat accurately under 15 yards. So I started looking. I decided on a Benjamin Trail NP pistol. Cabelas had them on sale for 67.00. Bass pro locally was 104.00. That is quite a difference. Cabelas also had free shipping over 100.00, so I grabbed an airgun scope for my target rifle. The rifle has holes at different lengths on the rail, and this scope has a post to fit in the rail on the bases. It is pretty violent when you pull the trigger, lots of movement and regular scopes, no matter how tight would start to travel very quickly. The pistol has a hydraulic system that charges it instead of a spring. They advertise 625fps with the 7.5" barrel, but do not tell you that is for lead free pellets. I have 3 weights of lead pellets, two are magnum and 1 semi HP. I found it actually likes the heavier magnums best, they are Gamo's. With the heavy pellets it is about 550fps, still great for squirrels at close range. So when I got home I unpacked it and started testing at 18 yards. The semi HP's were 4" low and 4" left, they are the lightest. The mid weight magnum was 1" low and 2" left. The heavy magnums were dead on, no windage adjustment needed, just a slight elevation change. I took 6 shots, all were on the same horizontal plane and about 1" across. That will do. So after that I decided to try out the rifle. The scope is not great, clarity is ok, but not crisp 4x32. The can that I used to see about penetration (with a 2" styrofoam behind) for the pistol had fallen over, so I aimed at the 1/2" x 2.5" visible base and squeezed the trigger, It was perfect, did not have to adjust anything. .177 cal hole in front, 1/4" hole in back and a 1/2" hole in the styro. The last squirrel I shot a few weeks ago was a 3lb male, nasty little bastard. Now just a little more info on the rifle, it has a cocking lever on the side, weighs 11 pounds, has a bull barrel and with the semi HP pellets cracks like a .22.
Much quieter with heavy pellets.

I really have been thinking of an air soft just to be able to shoot around the house. That was a pretty good review, but was kinda missing something.......can't quite put my finger on it! Oh wait, I know now....where's the seeing to believing??? [emoji848][emoji85]


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Dog
06-25-2016, 02:00 AM
That was a pretty good review, but was kinda missing something.......can't quite put my finger on it! Oh wait, I know now....where's the seeing to believing??? [emoji848][emoji85]

he's right you know ... 7362



i know a few folks that drifted over to pellet and air rifles for use around where they live rather than 22's. i'm guessing they don't get any hassle as nobody hears em' :p

Davy
06-25-2016, 04:57 AM
Some of the more modern air rifles are almost as effective as .22 rimfire. I use an Air Arms s410 for pest control around my farm, it is adjustable between 12 - 24 ft lbs and has a 10 shot magazine and an air tank good for 20 - 40 shots depending on power settings. I use a 3 -9 x 50 scope and it is deadly on bunnies at 50 yards. It is silenced and is whisper quiet on subsonic settings.

7363

Gator
06-25-2016, 05:47 AM
Squirrels help keep my dog entertained, she likes to chase 'em. She catches one every blue moon or two.

Tri70
06-25-2016, 08:17 AM
3lb squirrel?!?!? Are you sure you didn't shoot a baby Bigfoot? I've been looking at air rifles too, trying to decide about 22 or .177 cal.

Airborne
06-26-2016, 10:01 AM
Myself, I have been looking at .25 cal up to .357 cal pellet rifles. I want to get one that is good for deer as well as whatever else I decide to shoot at. In Arizona you can use one on everything except Buffalo or Elk.

jpattersonnh
06-27-2016, 06:08 AM
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jpattersonnh
06-27-2016, 06:09 AM
3lb squirrel?!?!? Are you sure you didn't shoot a baby Bigfoot? I've been looking at air rifles too, trying to decide about 22 or .177 cal.

That little bastard had balls the size of marbles



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Gator
06-27-2016, 06:16 AM
That little bastard had balls the size of marbles

Out west they call 'em Rocky Mountain oysters. Since you live in NH, those would be White Mountain oysters.

Dog
06-27-2016, 07:36 AM
That little bastard had balls the size of marbles


probably related ... 7375

jpattersonnh
06-27-2016, 09:04 AM
Out west they call 'em Rocky Mountain oysters. Since you live in NH, those would be White Mountain oysters.

I did live in Colorado for 4 years

jpattersonnh
06-27-2016, 04:52 PM
Myself, I have been looking at .25 cal up to .357 cal pellet rifles. I want to get one that is good for deer as well as whatever else I decide to shoot at. In Arizona you can use one on everything except Buffalo or Elk.

There are .25 calibers readily available, but slightly overkill for squirrels.

jpattersonnh
06-27-2016, 04:53 PM
probably related ... 7375


Take that squirrel and put it on steroids

Dog
06-27-2016, 08:11 PM
Take that squirrel and put it on steroids


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