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Hello from Iowa
« on: February 23, 2020, 05:30:27 AM »
Thank you for accepting my request to join.

I live in city limits and find myself in need of an air rifle for pest control. After looking online I've decided there are too many options to choose from. When I was a kid we had two choices. Pump or CO2 with pretty much one brand to choose from. Back then it was Daisy or maybe Crossman, depending on which brand your local hardware store chose to sell. Now, it's mind numbing to try and research every option available.
I decided to try a forum for some insight to help narrow down my choices and get me moving in the right direction.

I'd like something that would be effective for varmint control from feral cats up to an occasional coyote. Damn cats kill the song birds and I do have coyotes in the area. I do like to shoot and can't always make it to the range so it would be fun for plinking in the back yard as well.
I think I'd like to stay away from CO2. I don't mind a single shot. Don't really have a budget in mind so spend my money. Just spend it thoughtfully please. ;)


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Re: Hello from Iowa
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2020, 12:55:03 PM »
Tall order.

Backyard friendly airguns (pump and CO2), are sort of anemic. Meaning their power can be enough to dispatch all manner of birds, an occasional feral cat if they're under 40 yards or so, but not enough to be good coyote killers. Most a fairly quiet, and can be made even more quiet by adding a suppressor—silencer if you please—which is legal. On average, you'll end up spending about $200 or so for the gun. If you equip it with a small scope (which is advisable), and perhaps a little trigger work etc., you're closer to $350 or so.

In my opinion, most break-barrels are far to noisy for backyard use, and just can't be quieted down, almost no matter what you do. Springers, which use a real coil spring, rather than a nitro-piston like most break-barrels, can be used. But again, not powerful enough for much larger than a feral cat.

PCP (Pre Charged Pneumatic) airguns can do almost any task, even very large North American game, if you chose the correct caliber and power level. But from here, things get rather expensive, because you need a source of high-pressure (≈2,000 to 4,500 PSI). Price-wise, the sky is almost the limit. I'm almost afraid to tell you what I have invested in this surpassing hobby, with more facets than the Hope Diamond!

Stick around these pages, and you'll get an idea what the rest of us have gone through to get where we are.

By the way.... Doesn't matter that you live in the city. There are all sorts of places you can go, to shoot airguns. That is, as long as you don't live in Chicago, or other highly-restrictive areas of the country!

Oh! And welcome aboard.
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Re: Hello from Iowa
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2020, 02:06:16 PM »
Welcome aboard!
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Re: Hello from Iowa
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2020, 05:17:10 AM »
For a pesting gun that doesn't break the budget, an economical .22 break barrel like a Benjamin Prowler (@ $100.00) is a great gun to 'just have around'. For those of us that have high dollar PCP airguns (and I do) the thought of getting such a basic gun can make one cringe, but I use mine for pesting as much or more than my PCP's. Mostly because it's always ready because no air source is needed. I also have mine leaned up in a convenient spot (no kiddies in the home) so when a critter is present I don't have to go to my safe and unlock everything to access my other airguns.

Alan has a point in that break barrels can make a little noise, but if that isn't a factor for where you live then it's a non-issue. I started out with the Prowler and then got into all of the other goodies, but the Prowler still gets the job done when I need it to. There are time when simple is good and the break barrel fits that bill. In my opinion there's always a place for it no matter how deep you go down the rabbit hole of this hobby.
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