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Thread: small game, pellets in a centefire

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    Boolit Man
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    small game, pellets in a centefire

    red squirrels make a mess around my families houses and seem to multiply like mad, so i've been looking for a quiet way to get rid of them. I don't have a pellet gun and 22's seem to ricochet more than id like. so today I tried loading Crossman 14.3gr 22 cal pellets in a .222rem. pellets are loose in a fired case so I sized them and pellets make for a tight enough slip fit, pushed in flush against the table. just a primer gave 375 fps and similar sound to dry firing. 0.5 titegroup gave 550 fps and similar sound to a pump bb gun. 0.7 650fps. 1.0gr 830fps and sounds like maybe 22 short without a sonic crack. im a bit worried about pellet skirts on the heavier loads and slightly more noise than I wanted for around houses. I think around 600fps in 22cal is good enough for squirrels right? also they don't seem to push primers out so im not sure id need to drill the flash hole. all in all im really happy with the setup, its cheaper than buying .22 cb shorts which are 10 dollars a box now, and easy to make for anyone with a low capacity 22 cal rifle.

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    Buy a good spring powered airgun and save the cost of primers and all the labour, they are more accurate and a lot of fun.

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    I tried this with a modified 223 case and couldn't get them to shoot very well. Just went back to the pellet gun or 12ga if they're too far away. Of course we don't have any houses by us though.

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    I have an old 22 cal pump up air rifle that shoots about 600 fps that has killed many squirrels.
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    Chambers nailed it.

    Any decent airgun will do the job cheaper, more accurately, quieter.

    You can get a Crossman 1322 pistol kit for about 79$ with shoulder stock.
    https://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Crosm...ock_Black/3608

    Amazon has it for 82$ with ammo and shooting glasses and the shoulder stock.

    I have a Beeman pistol that sells for 32$ but It is .177 and only 400 fps, IMO a bit light for squirrels.
    A head should "should" at reasonable distance give a clean kill. But I have never tried it.

    My old tried and true for decades has been a Sheridan Blue Streak. 3-4 pumps is deadly accurate, easy to make head shots on any varmints in range. And deadly accurate, fairly quiet.

    But any of the spring/vortex guns with a surpressor will do as much with less pumping and less noise.

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    My 22 cal browning nitro piston air pistol shoots 600 fps. Pellets will not dispatch coons at point blank with it. 99% percent of the pellets won't penatrate the Hyde. It will kill squirrels and rabbits with head shots at 20 yards. I would suggest a 22 cal air rifle something a 1100 fps or greater. The same pellet( poly predator) that won't penatrate a coons Hyde with my pistol at point blank will do a pass through with a head shot on a coon at 25 yards using my walther talon nitro piston 22 mag air rifle.

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    hmm, id have to disagree that "go buy an airgun" and "its cheaper" belong in the same sentence's unless you gotta go buy the .222 rifle to do it. I have over 1k small rifle primers that I don't use and borrowed a handful of pellets, so why spend $$$ when I can do the same thing for free. I can make enough to go hunting in a few minutes, I haven't done proper accuracy testing but I could hit where I wanted on a pop can at 10 yds. and there not louder than anything else per performance. I thought it was a great deal.

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    Been there done that with a 22 Hornet. It’s nice to see someone else get good results with just a little thinking outside the box!! I was using from a .25 grain to 1.0 grain of 2400. The skirts on the RWS pelet’s didnt “act up” until after I heard the super sonic crack. Enjoy it and have fun... Todd/3leg
    Last edited by 3leggedturtle; 09-06-2018 at 11:49 PM.

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    Sounds like fun, and something I definitely have to try in my .223
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    I love shooting anything including airguns but given the choice I'd rather pop a primer Sunday mainly cause I love reloading as much as shooting. I don't want to save the labor/delete the reloading fun. Thank you bmoretell!

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    Don't know where the word Sunday came from but anyday is what it should read.

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    While in the Army, out in the field at the Yakima Range, with too much time on my hands, I figured out that a .22 cal, hollow base pellet would perch perfectly atop a crimped 5.56mm blank cartridge. Held in place with a small bit of chewing gum and carefully chambered into an M-16 would hit exactly to point of aim from 15 yards on a full can of shaving cream. What I hadn't figured out, was how I was going to explain the report and resultant mess splattered all over under the camo netting and deuce and a half to one unamused SFC Chief of Smoke, or how I was going to get out of having to dig the latrine for the remaining duration of the field problem of which was several weeks in length.

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    We used a 22 pellet with primer only. To train troopers to shoot the m16. I could set up a short range in our building at 75 feet so the target had the same sight picture anybody who failed at the Range got to spend a few weeks in my training camp. I never had to drill the primer flash holes but a Mag. or benchrest primer worked the action on a m16 better then a small rifle primer did.Enjoy yourself with this combo and remember your back stop as these loads would go through a 2x4,
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