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  • rickyp

    Active Member
    Sep 13, 2009
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    What is the minimum velocity needed from a pellet handgun to take squirrel cleanly?

    I am getting the UMAREX ruger mark 4 air pistol It has about 350 fps depending on pellet i am wondering if this would be enough for back yard squirrel hunting.
     

    BigTinBoat

    Member
    Jan 12, 2016
    286
    Harford County
    You will want to have a min of 8-10 fpe, preferably a bit more. A projectile moving 350fps would have to be 30grains to get 8fpe.

    Can you kill a squirrel with less? Sure, but not consistently. Most hits with your gun would just result in non-lethal injury
     

    rickyp

    Active Member
    Sep 13, 2009
    1,631
    I got the pistol in the other day and played with it some. I found it very accurate out to 20 yards. But it lacks power. I shot a soda bottle full of water with the muzzle almost touching the bottle and the pellet didn‘t even dent the plastic. The good thing is the grip and safety are very close to my ruger max 9. The sights are similar as well with the exception the airgun front sight is red and the max 9 is green. So i will be using this as a practice gun in my back yard. It is very quiet so it wont bother the neighbors. I did put a orange strip around the muzzle so everyone knows it isnt a real gun and call the police on me.
     

    Jed Clampett

    Collectively Rejected
    Oct 20, 2015
    567
    Pop one and see what happens. If he dies he dies. If not, good excuse to go buy a larger air gun.

    There’s like 14000 here in the oaks. Someone needs to genocide 13998 of them
     

    John from MD

    American Patriot
    MDS Supporter
    May 12, 2005
    17,211
    Socialist State of Maryland
    I use my marlin 39-A with 22 short, all my air rifles are louder than it


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    The 24 and 26 inch barrels on those earlier .22's will quiet down standard velocity ammo to make it neighborhood quiet. I used to practice in the front yard with my Winchester 62 and Remington 552 and the neighbors thought I was shooting air rifles.

    Now that I have a couple of high power PCP's, I had to put a DonnyFL moderator on them otherwise they sound like a HV .22 Long Rifle. Both the air pistols (12 inch bbl) take down tree rats, coons and chucks with no problem out to 50 yards. My .25 Avenger (18 inch bbl) has taken some game at 75 yards and has the power to kill at 100 using slugs.
     

    Jed Clampett

    Collectively Rejected
    Oct 20, 2015
    567
    The 24 and 26 inch barrels on those earlier .22's will quiet down standard velocity ammo to make it neighborhood quiet. I used to practice in the front yard with my Winchester 62 and Remington 552 and the neighbors thought I was shooting air rifles.

    Now that I have a couple of high power PCP's, I had to put a DonnyFL moderator on them otherwise they sound like a HV .22 Long Rifle. Both the air pistols (12 inch bbl) take down tree rats, coons and chucks with no problem out to 50 yards. My .25 Avenger (18 inch bbl) has taken some game at 75 yards and has the power to kill at 100 using slugs.

    I have a winchester 52D with a 28” target barrel. I’m going to look into the sound differences. Never thought about that before.
     

    johnkn

    Active Member
    Feb 27, 2012
    1,217
    My custom moderated Macari R9 Tarantula .22 with 16x spring gun scope will go through and through both shoulders of a tree rat at 25 yards....

    For comparison, a Remington 30 grain low velocity CB at 730 FPS at the muzzle is super quiet and will go through a squirrel, but also the front and rear walls of a T111 shed. As me how I know, I stopped using it......

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    John from MD

    American Patriot
    MDS Supporter
    May 12, 2005
    17,211
    Socialist State of Maryland
    My custom moderated Macari R9 Tarantula .22 with 16x spring gun scope will go through and through both shoulders of a tree rat at 25 yards....

    For comparison, a Remington 30 grain low velocity CB at 730 FPS at the muzzle is super quiet and will go through a squirrel, but also the front and rear walls of a T111 shed. As me how I know, I stopped using it......

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    Yep, pellets don't carry far after penetration. That's what's nice about them.
     

    Jed Clampett

    Collectively Rejected
    Oct 20, 2015
    567
    It is a living animal. It is inhumane to shoot an Amimal and not kill it cleanly.

    I get it but what’s the difference in a squirrel and a rat. Do we have the same compassion toward mice and rats as we do, say a fuzzy bunny or nutty squirrel? We feed mice and rats poison and send them to suffer in some hole in the wall. Takes days for them to die.
     

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