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Old 06-14-2018, 10:27 AM
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Recommendations for a quiet air gun to take squirrels.



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I have a squirrel problem. I live in town but neighbors are not real close . Squirrels have done thousands of dollars of damage to my attic, gable vents, and boxing. Time to protect what is mine. I need a quiet but capable air gun to take squirrels at close range.

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Old 06-15-2018, 12:30 AM
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Not an expert on that matter, but in terms of power, possibly the Beeman P-1 aka Weihrauch HW45 or Crosman 1322 (.22 variant) (which can be suitably modified {more $$} with a flat top piston to increase the power).

Ask questions, Read reviews, make the informed choice, then really enjoy airgunning. Cheers.
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Old 06-15-2018, 11:55 AM
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In pistols, Benjamin 1377, inexpensive and accurate. In rifles (quieter still), Crosman 397 or 392. Also, better quality ($) and excellent accuracy, Beeman R7 or the clone w sights. I use them all the time for same problem. You can control loudness in the Benjamin and Crosmans; the Beeman is quiet enough for break barrel.

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A Beeman R9 in a .22 would be a very nice rifle that would last a couple of lifetimes with proper care. Since you have a little separation from the neighbors it should be quiet enough. Don`t buy your pellets at a local store, get some 15.9 JSB`s off the internet. I shot a tree rat this morning with my Daystate Wolverine B lite, the whump of impact was louder than the report of the gun. Distance was 43 yards this morning. Pellet was 18.1 JSB. Go gettum!
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Old 06-15-2018, 03:52 PM
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I recently got a Benjamin Trail NP XL in .177. Despite being "internally suppressed" I would not rate it as particularly quiet. I don't wear hearing protection with it (but then again I don't with my Beeman R9 springer either). The Interwebs said the Benjamin would be quiet with heavier pellets traveling at subsonic speeds, but it still sounds about like an air powered nail-gun to me. Not stealthy in any sense. I have about 100 pellets down the barrel; maybe it will get more quiet with use.
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Old 06-15-2018, 04:59 PM
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You guys have given me a lot to explore. I have been a member on rimfirecentral before but it’s been a long time and recently I couldn’t get signed in due to an email change sometime ago, I guess. I wanted to explore the air guns to help solve my problem. I have several .22s and have used the “quiet .22” in the past. It’s just more powerful than I want to use near neighbors . Also, if I am seen defending my homeland, I think an air gun would maybe get me a pass over a .22 rifle. These posts are really helpful. Thank you .
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Old 06-15-2018, 11:16 PM
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PCP too much? I think there is a lot more long term value in a pcp. I have several non-pcp and they always leave me a little disappointed. Hoping to get my first PCP in the next few months.

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Old 06-15-2018, 11:18 PM
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Benjamin makes a marauder pistol with a carbine stock available.
There was a discussion here a few days ago about the expense of tanks and compressors, but most I have talked to do fine with a pump for a while and just don't let the pressure get too low.

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Old 06-16-2018, 01:39 AM
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Try a PCP repeater

Gamo has a Coyote Model and Kral Puncher Breaker in .22 look decent for the money and have been tested to have decent accuracy better than break barrels. You could also buy a break barrel springer in 25 caliber for close range. I would stick to open sights inside a yard where a scope is not really needed and may actually make it harder to shoot at close range. There are cheap Chinese compressors available around $300 for PCP air rifles. A .177 air rifle may do what you want but the larger calibers have a harder punch. rc
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A Beeman R9 in a .22 would be a very nice rifle that would last a couple of lifetimes with proper care. Since you have a little separation from the neighbors it should be quiet enough. Don`t buy your pellets at a local store, get some 15.9 JSB`s off the internet. I shot a tree rat this morning with my Daystate Wolverine B lite, the whump of impact was louder than the report of the gun. Distance was 43 yards this morning. Pellet was 18.1 JSB. Go gettum!
One of the best airguns for the money. Super accurate and a great trigger.
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Note that the Beeman R9 is manufactured by Weirauch in Germany. Weirauch makes pure quality airguns.
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what took you so long?
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Old 06-19-2018, 12:39 PM
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I have a squirrel problem. I live in town but neighbors are not real close . Squirrels have done thousands of dollars of damage to my attic, gable vents, and boxing. Time to protect what is mine. I need a quiet but capable air gun to take squirrels at close range.
Been there myself with squirrels,though not as much damage.They found a weak spot in the roof and moved in. Once they move in,they are very determined.
Have you tried traps? I resorted to a .22 with low power ammo(shorts,or CBs, I think) but before that I tried smoke them out and used wire mesh over their access points in the gable vents,etc,once they were out.. They still returned,got busy with trying to tear off siding.
Until one stick his head out of a soffit vent,and I plugged him,after which he tumbled out, I first thought that I had rats.
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Since you are a 22 guy, I was going to suggest you think about BB or CB caps but then I looked at the price.
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Old 10-23-2018, 02:43 PM
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I too am in town with neighbors and sometimes pest problem. I settled on Beeman R7 rifle. It is quiet and accurate. I have 2 R7 and one HW 30S which is the same as the Beeman R7. One R7 is scoped and the other two have peep sights. I had stronger air rifles but they came close to sounding like a .22 I would recommend a Beeman R7 or the HW 30S in .177. Works for me.
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