I use an air rifle for pest control at home. Mine is a .25 cal break barrel, called an xs28m and it has been tuned. You can pick up a Gamo hornet for about $90, and if you keep it inside 15 or 20 yards or so it will take care of a raccoon in town quietly and humanely. Use a well placed head shot, and you want to hit the skull at a flat angle. Top of the head with his head down, behind the ear from the side or quartering away, base of the head/neck from behind. If you don't have the patience to wait for the angle, forget about using an air rifle. If you have some bait out, you should have no problem getting a flat angle on top of his head with his head down. If his head comes up, forget it, an no shots between the eyes. A bad angle will deflect a pellet, sometimes even a bullet.
Edit- also practice a bit before you take on the air rifle. Limit your shots to the distance you can hit a quarter. There is no hydrostatic shock or fratmentation with a pellet, you have to put a hole through the brain
Edited by Regular Guy (08/17/15 06:44 PM)
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