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#5883335 - 08/17/15 07:36 PM Armadillo problem - which gun is the solution?
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I live in a neighborhood of 1.5 acre lots. No houses within at least 500 yards of the houses across the street from us (they live behind those houses), and most of the houses are 50-75 yards apart. I killed two armadillos last year after they started rooting up my yard and flower bed. I've had a couple this year tearing stuff up and haven't been able to get them yet, mostly because they're always on someone else's lot when I find them and I'm worried about shooting a gun close to their house for fear of waking them up and for fear of bullet ricochet.

I have a 10/22 carbine and that's what I shot the two last year with (both point blank with the rifle pointed into the ground). That's not threadable due to the way the sight attaches to the barrel. So here are the options as I see them:

- keep shooting them with the 22 at point blank range only when they're on my property
- get a Ruger American 22 or Charger pistol with threaded barrel and put a silencer on it ($275 for the gun plus $150 for a silencer plus whatever a stamp costs plus a scope and rings)
- thread my Savage 308 and put a silencer on it (whatever a stamp costs plus $50 for barrel threading plus the cost of the silencer)
- thread either my Springfield XD-9 or Taurus 24/7 .40 S&W and use that at close range only
- use my bolt action .410 instead of these (probably worse from a noise perspective)

Concerns/questions:

- is silenced standard velocity 22 or 308 much quieter than non-silenced standard velocity ammo?
- is subsonic 22 or 308 going to be powerful enough to take armadillo with a body shot at any sort of distance (25-50 yards)?
- if I do shoot one with a subsonic bullet at distance, how much would I have to worry about bullets ricocheting or going through both sides and into someone's house or car? How much does caliber choice effect this concern (is 308, 40, or 9 going to be worse than the 22)?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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#5883349 - 08/17/15 07:52 PM Re: Armadillo problem - which gun is the solution? [Re: patriot07]
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I would recommend using birdshot at close range with 20 or 12 gage. It's the safest way to go and rolls them over at close range.

That far apart they probably won't think much of it. I've killed many this way in my neighborhood late at night when they usually come. No problems with neighbors because the shot just wakes them up and they go back to sleep wondering what woke them. But if you shoot before midnight they will hear it and after that depends on your neighbors.

22s are much more risky for ricochet.
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#5883374 - 08/17/15 08:11 PM Re: Armadillo problem - which gun is the solution? [Re: patriot07]
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What do you mean "close range"? 5 yards or less? Would shotgun pellets ricochet off the ground if shot at a 30-45 degree angle?

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#5883394 - 08/17/15 08:25 PM Re: Armadillo problem - which gun is the solution? [Re: patriot07]
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.22 cal pellet gun

Bow

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#5883402 - 08/17/15 08:28 PM Re: Armadillo problem - which gun is the solution? [Re: Brother in-law]
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Originally Posted By: Brother in-law
.22 cal pellet gun

Bow
I've got a .177 cal Gamo pellet gun. Would that be effective at close range?

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#5883440 - 08/17/15 08:42 PM Re: Armadillo problem - which gun is the solution? [Re: patriot07]
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Yes I believe it would but I've never tried. Sounds like you can get real close so a head shot would probably do it

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#5883560 - 08/17/15 09:42 PM Re: Armadillo problem - which gun is the solution? [Re: patriot07]
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CCI CB Shorts in a Ruger Single Six but watch the background.
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#5883571 - 08/17/15 09:50 PM Re: Armadillo problem - which gun is the solution? [Re: GasGuzzler]
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Originally Posted By: GasGuzzler
CCI CB Shorts in a Ruger Single Six but watch the background.


I use the CCI CB shorts and they're even quieter in a bolt or pump rifle.
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#5883604 - 08/17/15 10:10 PM Re: Armadillo problem - which gun is the solution? [Re: patriot07]
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http://www.basspro.com/Winchester-SuperX-22-Long-CB-Match-Rimfire-Ammo/product/10220931/

Would these be ok? I've got a BPS gift card and a BPS close by, so something I could get there would be ideal...

Also, will longs work in my 10/22? I assume they'll shoot, but will subsonic longs cycle the action?

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#5883615 - 08/17/15 10:18 PM Re: Armadillo problem - which gun is the solution? [Re: patriot07]
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Bayonet charge? Some of the air guns they make today would seem to be more than sufficient but that's my opinion.
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#5883617 - 08/17/15 10:20 PM Re: Armadillo problem - which gun is the solution? [Re: patriot07]
patriot07 Offline
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I've got a Yugo SKS with a bayonet. Maybe I'll borrow my buddy's gopro and try that first!

Only kidding - those things allegedly carry leprosy and I really don't want to get bloodied up.

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#5883687 - 08/17/15 11:02 PM Re: Armadillo problem - which gun is the solution? [Re: patriot07]
patriot07 Offline
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Anybody had any luck trapping them?

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#5883716 - 08/17/15 11:41 PM Re: Armadillo problem - which gun is the solution? [Re: patriot07]
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Why not pick up a threaded barrel for your 10/22? You can get one pretty cheap.

I think we trapped one in a live trap once, but honestly our best luck was sneaking up and grabbing them by the tail and throwing them in a toe sack. If you try that, grab as close to the body as you can and lift straight up being sure to keep them at arms length. Those claws are something else.
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#5883730 - 08/18/15 12:04 AM Re: Armadillo problem - which gun is the solution? [Re: patriot07]
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From a cost perspective, finding some Super Colibris (or similar) for your 10/22 is your best bet. They won't cycle your action, but can be single loaded. They are crazy quiet in a rifle and would kill an armadillo with a decently placed shot. There would probably never be an exit, so a ricochet would not be an issue.

Similar to what QSYB said, the quietest way is to catch them by the tail. I swing them by the tail and hit their head/shoulders on the ground. It may sound barbaric, but it is instant death on the first shot... every time. I have killed more armadillos this way than with firearms... it works well.

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#5883799 - 08/18/15 06:12 AM Re: Armadillo problem - which gun is the solution? [Re: patriot07]
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Originally Posted By: patriot07
http://www.basspro.com/Winchester-SuperX-22-Long-CB-Match-Rimfire-Ammo/product/10220931/

Would these be ok? I've got a BPS gift card and a BPS close by, so something I could get there would be ideal...

Also, will longs work in my 10/22? I assume they'll shoot, but will subsonic longs cycle the action?


Yep. Those are pretty much the same only Winchester rimfire is about an 80% success rate for me. As far as the 10/22 goes, get any LR length quiet (not just subsonic). For them to load in the rotary magazine they need to be long. You'll have to hand cycle them. I have a box and a half of the a fore mentioned super colibri.
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