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#7047808 - 01/21/18 08:04 PM .22 or bigger for pest gun??
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Question or opinions from you all. Looking at getting a ranch pest rifle for unwanted raccoons possum coyote or whatever. Trying to save my chickens and ducks from the critters in my yard at night.
So is a .22 rifle shooting 75 yards off my patio deck good enough, or do I upgrade to a 22 mag or bigger? Tired of using my big caliber rifles just to eliminate a varmint.
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#7047814 - 01/21/18 08:10 PM Re: .22 or bigger for pest gun?? [Re: sillyhorses]
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I would buy a .17hmr or wsm.
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#7047971 - 01/21/18 09:53 PM Re: .22 or bigger for pest gun?? [Re: sillyhorses]
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22 hornet. Does wonders for me on coyotes and coons trying to get my chickens

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#7048116 - 01/22/18 06:36 AM Re: .22 or bigger for pest gun?? [Re: sillyhorses]
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I'd vote for the 17HMR. Proven pest whacker; ammo is plentiful and relatively inexpensive. I use mine for the very purpose you have in mind and have been very happy with it for years. The pests, not so much!

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#7048193 - 01/22/18 08:00 AM Re: .22 or bigger for pest gun?? [Re: sillyhorses]
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I would go buy whatever you want if you want a new gun and then build a chicken house with a door that critters cant get in, it will save many chickens, and you a lot of sleep. It wont be hard to build a chicken house that coyotes, bobcats, coons and opossums cant get into. Plus chances are if shooting them by the time you hear it or get out there you already lost one or some.
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#7048249 - 01/22/18 08:32 AM Re: .22 or bigger for pest gun?? [Re: sillyhorses]
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I'm a big fan 22 Hornet but that is way more fire power than you need. Have you looked into a pcp air rifle. They can come with a suppressor and are whisper quiet. Meaning you will be able to take follow up shots and not stir up the hole barnyard.

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#7048284 - 01/22/18 08:50 AM Re: .22 or bigger for pest gun?? [Re: mikei]
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Originally Posted By: mikei
I'd vote for the 17HMR. Proven pest whacker; ammo is plentiful and relatively inexpensive. I use mine for the very purpose you have in mind and have been very happy with it for years. The pests, not so much!


I would agree with this ^^^^^ .
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#7048351 - 01/22/18 09:29 AM Re: .22 or bigger for pest gun?? [Re: sillyhorses]
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At 75 yards, 22lr through a suppressor. Further out, larger critters, go CF, little critters out to 125, 22lr.
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#7049044 - 01/22/18 06:12 PM Re: .22 or bigger for pest gun?? [Re: Cast]
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17 HMR

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#7049099 - 01/22/18 06:43 PM Re: .22 or bigger for pest gun?? [Re: Ohdangit]
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Originally Posted By: Ohdangit
22 hornet. Does wonders for me on coyotes and coons trying to get my chickens


I have a mean 22hornet also. It's perfect inside 200y and will take out any pest. You can buy ammo around a dollar a round. Not to bad

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#7049120 - 01/22/18 06:54 PM Re: .22 or bigger for pest gun?? [Re: sillyhorses]
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Thanks for all the response. After seeing the arsenal of 22 shells in my safe it was a no brainer. Grabbed a savage model 64 in camo and scoped it 3x9x32. Ran some shells through it and I think this will take care of the barnyard pests. Thanks!
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#7049128 - 01/22/18 07:00 PM Re: .22 or bigger for pest gun?? [Re: sillyhorses]
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I do already lock the chickens in at night, but some still come up missing at day. Plus I have ducks geese and guineas. I like the .17 hmr and .22 hornet, but might be overkill in my situation. Raccoons Beware!!
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#7049170 - 01/22/18 07:26 PM Re: .22 or bigger for pest gun?? [Re: sillyhorses]
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I keep a Ruger 10/22 with 3x9 scope and a flashlight taped to the barrel next to the back door. Have killed coyotes, hogs and everything you can think of with that .22.
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#7050138 - 01/23/18 02:58 PM Re: .22 or bigger for pest gun?? [Re: sillyhorses]
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#7050142 - 01/23/18 03:02 PM Re: .22 or bigger for pest gun?? [Re: sillyhorses]
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Why not just go with a .223, small enough and yet big enough to handle what you want to do. Cheap ammo and a pretty cheap gun too.
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