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  • BB/Pellet Gun?

    OK, hear me out before you laugh.
    I live in the city with a lot of homes and people around me. When TSHTF some of those people will leave, but a lot may hang around.
    There are a lot of potential food items like doves which hang out around my house. In the bad times, these will be good for fresh meat, but my neighbors might not like me using a 12 guage to gather supper, since some of the pellets will continue on to who knows where. This same logic can be applied to using a .22 to shoot rats. If you hit the thing, the bullet may travel through it and continue on. If you miss, the bullet will end up somewhere.
    A pump up BB/pellet rifle could solve some of these problems. I have one which only cost me about 40 bucks some years back, and you can stock up on thousands of BB's and pellets for almost nothing. Several pumps will give enough power to easily kill a bird or a rat, but not so much power that it will travel for a long distance if you miss.
    Also, it makes almost no noise and attracts almost no attention. Maybe not much good for country folk with a lot of land, but what do you think about this as a city tool for the bad times?

  • #2
    I've thought about it myself, it's a very good idea.
    It may actually survive the cut of Obamas' gun control legislation,
    at least the first round anyway ;)

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    • #3
      Now a days, many of the pellet guns on the market spit out a pellet at over 1000fps. I have a Gamo in .177, and have taken "varmits" upto 40lbs. Another option is the Aguila Colibri .22 ammo. Propelled by the primer only, they travel at around 500fps. They will stop "cat" sized game. They will not cycle a semi pistol or rifle. I shoot them from a revolver. Very accurate. Sound like a loud airgun.
      "Lighthouses are more helpful than churches" Franklin

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      • #4
        I have a older Sheridan 20Cal. Brass Barrel with a copper tube. With a field Point I have killed 5 or 6 squirrels when I first got it years ago. Now I use it to get those big Woodpeckers as they go through my cedar siding. I hated to do it, it was a last resolve. It will put a pellet through both side of a coffee can 70 feet. And it "Cracks" when fired.
        Last edited by pathfinder3081; 02-26-2009, 03:46 PM. Reason: mispelling..
        "And with a collection of minds and talent, they survived"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by pathfinder3081 View Post
          With a field Point I have killed 5 or 6 squirrels...
          pathfinder...shhhh...you might want to keep it down...because of all the squirrel lovers on this forum...:D

          shhhh...don't tell no one...but I'm there man!...pellet rifle + (doves, pigeons, squirrels, rabbits, etc) / fire = dinner!

          But, then again, I'm ignernt.
          Last edited by Vicious Ignernt; 02-26-2009, 04:05 PM. Reason: added a little humor
          If it looks ignernt, but it works, then it ain't ignernt.

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          • #6
            I had some Squirrel lined gloves when I was a kid. The first hides I every salted and Stiched.. Man they were nasty...
            "And with a collection of minds and talent, they survived"

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            • #7
              I just got a Gamo Whisper a few days ago. Sad thing is it is longer than any thing else in my safe. I was hoping to try it Fri. but work is too busy to play. 1200 fps is pretty good. I figure if bullets are hard to come by or the gov has taken all of the firearms I have left (1 or 2) after that darn boating accident, the Gamo will still shoot.
              He who lives with the most toys, wins.

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              • #8
                Air rifles are a great tool for providing fresh meat, plus little or no sound . Many of the new pellet rifles will take mid sized game at 700-1600 fps 177 0r 22 cal. Pellets are cheap they wont go bad and there is a german company that sells lead pellet molds. I have the a gamo model varmint hunter in 177 call. It is rated for 1200fps through the crono I get 920-1000 fps. It is single pump ( Dont' get CO2 gun ) because then you will have to store co2 refills. The rifle has a mounted scope, laser and flashlight. I paid around $260 for it. it is a tack driver and woodchucks and raccoons seem to just fall down:D. My buddy has one of gamo's whisper series and 5 ft away you cant hear him shoot it but it has lower fps 700-900 fps but they do make one in 22 cal.:)

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                • #9
                  I think that the pellet gun is an excellent addition to any survival plan. At 1200 fps a well placed shot will take down a man. No kenetic energy to speak of but if you luck up and hit a bleeder he will eventually go down. I mean this as a last resort of course. The quietness of it makes it even a greater plus. I don't have one yet but it is on my shopping list for the near future.
                  bbc
                  The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government." -- Thomas Jefferson

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                  • #10
                    I went to a gun shop and one of the guys was wanting to show off a silenced pistol the has, he took it out side and none of us had ear plug, didnt need them it was quieter than my pellet gun which is a one cock deal.
                    I dont know what the sub-sonic barrier is, but when your shooting close to 1200 fps, if it cracks, you broke it.
                    Even if you buy a silenced gun, to make it work for you it is best to buy subsonic ammo.

                    So all that said, I would go with a 22 cal air rifle with 1000fps than a 177 with 1200 fps, the larger pellet with prove better for small game.



                    REMEMBER, aim small, miss small!!!

                    also a blow gun might be a good option in the city since they are quiet and you can make your own ammo.
                    I did take squirrels with a slingshot back in Mich cause hey were huge and I was hungry.

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                    • #11
                      i knoow what you mean. i have around 20 or so airsoft guns rangeing from 300-650 fps and i know that it will slow a person down so for small game ???...just a thought...most are full auto so that help on the person part

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                      • #12
                        I have a couple and enjoy them a lot. as for small game they work and it saves ammo of the bigger stuff
                        Go ahead and run, you'll only die tired

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                        • #13
                          but if you do use one for small game use a heavy bb .25-.30 and mode your gun to get its max potential

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                          • #14
                            I noticed at wallyworld today they have a beeman single cock air rifle with 2 barrels
                            onein .177 and the other in .22 for $129 but I'm wondering if it is as accurate as my
                            gamo

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                            • #15
                              I have a Daisy Powerline 1000, and I hunt small game with it frequently...I usally bag more squirrels than my bud with the 20g...when I miss, I don't scare the game all to hell, and I can pack 1000 rnds in my front pocket, no prob.....

                              I highly recommend getting a hunting-grade break barrel pellet rifle....
                              "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

                              "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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