Charlie Z wrote:A buddy lives in Manhattan and has a cottage nearby for weekends. They have a garden and he thought it would be good to get a pellet rifle to plink and kill pests. And so it did; squirrels, crows, etc.
He and is wife are gardening early on a beautiful August Saturday morning and 3 deer step out and head for him and his plants. He thought they were pretty bold, and he's ticked that they eat all his plants so he gets the pellet gun out and cuts loose, aiming for its butt (@ about 15 yds). He's such a great shot that he hits the 100lb doe in the eye and drops it instantly. Dead. All parties in the matter are very surprised.
Wife, gardening about 20 feet from the doe, howls. He, of course, calls me up to ask, "got yer deer?"
It is a $100 spring type, made in turkey "Winchester" pellet gun and it can handle a squirrel. Cabela's has a lot like it in their catalog.
I'm friggin' dying!!! That story is classic and the rest of my office is laughing their a$$es off.
Don't much care for lawn rats myself...very destructive. Also, if you don't have a chimney cap I highly suggest it. After I left home, parents were still stoking with an EFM boiler, a family of squirrels made a nest in their chimney. Don't know how or why... you'd think the gasses would have kept them out of there or at least killed them. The good thing is that it was the first year that they invested in a CO detector which worked great. The other good thing is that their new neighbor worked for the gas company so he was a lot of help for them.
Anyway...I agree with the .22 with shot...killed a few and it doesn't leave much damage at all. Single pump pellet will drop them also depending on range...if the first one doesn't the second one will (or the third, or the fourth, or the fifth...if the sixth doesn't do it...just step on its head).
Was watching Bill Engval's redneck videos on CMT yesterday after work, some guy had an air rifle that fired something like 2000 BB's per minute (got to get me one of them!!!)
By the way....Do you need any good squirrel recipes???