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Recommendations for .177 or .22 for small game? #7117171
03/20/18 01:14 PM
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Im looking to take my 6 year old camping this weekend at the lease, and want to get a .22 or .177 so we can "hunt" for rabbits or raccoons at night. I've been wanting to get one for the last year so I could take out critters hanging around the feeder while waiting for the hogs anyways and thought now is the time. Not looking to spend a lot, $100 or so - anyone have a favorite or general tips?

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Re: Recommendations for .177 or .22 for small game? [Re: JB1316] #7117332
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Try to find you a used Ruger 10-22 at a Pawn Shop

Re: Recommendations for .177 or .22 for small game? [Re: JB1316] #7117375
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Pellet rifle? A Sheridan or Benjamin pump type.

Re: Recommendations for .177 or .22 for small game? [Re: Lipan Creep] #7117635
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Sorry, pellet gun/air rifle

Re: Recommendations for .177 or .22 for small game? [Re: JB1316] #7117970
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My vote would be a .22 LR rimfire, Savage or Marlin. It will be a far more effective killer than airgun plus probably more accurate as well.

You could always use some of the CCI Quiet .22 ammo if noise is an issue.

If you are dead set on airgun than an RWS .22 springer would be next up but probably more $$ than a rimfire.


Re: Recommendations for .177 or .22 for small game? [Re: JB1316] #7118775
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Man, I went by Academy yesterday to check them out. These arent the bb guns of my youth. They're long, heavy, and damned near the same price as a lot of 22lr's... May need to just give it a year and buy my boy a 10/22...

Re: Recommendations for .177 or .22 for small game? [Re: JB1316] #7118799
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.22 cal. PCP air rifles are getting in the 200 dollar range.

Down side is you have to have a pump, scuba tank or similar to fill it.

Up side is it will be much, much easier on scopes and you will actually be able to hit what you aim at after a little practice due to almost zero recoil.

A springer will destroy standard scopes right and left and due to all the shaking going on when you pull the trigger.
When you pull the trigger on a springer, the first thing that moves is a big old heavy piston driven by a spring and they recoil FORWARD initially when fired they can be very hard to get used to and lots of folks have a hard time hitting consistently with them even with years of practice.
And the ones with faster FPS have strong springs that can be impossible for a kid to [censored] and dangerous if it slips.

Get a PCP, it's easier to shoot and most are multi-shot per fill so you can get another follow up shot quickly without lots of movement to re-[censored] it.

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Re: Recommendations for .177 or .22 for small game? [Re: JB1316] #7119166
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A little single shot .22 that will shoot "shorts". Get the subsonic CB's. No ear plugs needed. Should be able to stay in budget too.


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Re: Recommendations for .177 or .22 for small game? [Re: Smokey Bear] #7119255
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Originally Posted By: Smokey Bear
A little single shot .22 that will shoot "shorts". Get the subsonic CB's. No ear plugs needed. Should be able to stay in budget too.
this, first gun should be an single shot...


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sometimes you can find an air rifle on Midway's site that is a manufacturer refurbished gun for about $50. i grabbed a crossman or gamo about a year ago and i can't get it away from my kids.

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Re: Recommendations for .177 or .22 for small game? [Re: JB1316] #7119890
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Look for a Chipmunk .22, great little single shot bolt action.

Re: Recommendations for .177 or .22 for small game? [Re: JB1316] #7123564
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A cheap pellet gun is worthless. You'll be better off with a 22. The cricket single shot is awesome for kids. My son is 9 and still like to shoot his

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Re: Recommendations for .177 or .22 for small game? [Re: TTUGrad08] #7129931
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Originally Posted By: TTUGrad08
My vote would be a .22 LR rimfire, Savage or Marlin. It will be a far more effective killer than airgun plus probably more accurate as well.

You could always use some of the CCI Quiet .22 ammo if noise is an issue.

If you are dead set on airgun than an RWS .22 springer would be next up but probably more $$ than a rimfire.


I bought a new takedown 10/22 and have used the CCI quiet 22. Problem is that my 10/22 wonít automatically eject and load anothe round with the CCI Quiet. Any recommendations?

Re: Recommendations for .177 or .22 for small game? [Re: colt45] #7129987
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Originally Posted By: colt45
Originally Posted By: Smokey Bear
A little single shot .22 that will shoot "shorts". Get the subsonic CB's. No ear plugs needed. Should be able to stay in budget too.
this, first gun should be an single shot...


Agree this teaches shot placement more than follow up shots. One shot one kill.

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