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 Posted: Tue Mar 1st, 2011 06:27 PM
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I'm not sure this is the best spot to post this question, hope so.

My son in northern CA. has a rat problem around his house and raiding his compost pit. He lives in a neighborhood and wanted me to send him my old Benjamin 22 pump. I left it in Hawaii when I moved here. That air rifle was a great mongoose killer.

Any suggestions for a good rat air rifle. I see the Benjamin is no longer in business.



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 Posted: Tue Mar 1st, 2011 08:50 PM
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Gamo. I have one that is pretty decently accurate, less than 2" at 60 feet.  Considering my eyes, that ain't bad.



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 Posted: Fri Mar 4th, 2011 08:16 PM
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I just bought an El Gamo Big Cat 1200 a few weeks ago. If that one won't kill a rat, you'll need a bigger gun.  I got mine at Big 5 when they had them on sale. Nice thing is you have the power without having to pump the gun up tp pressure. I also have a Daisy 880 but the Gamo has a lot more power. Accuracy is about the same from both guns. The daisy might be less expensive but I'd go with the Gamo, no second thoughts about it. I can shoot up to 50 yards in my back yard but usually do 25. It's easier to see the holes in the target. The gun comes with a 4X scope. They do have a more expensive version with a 3x9 variable power scope. I bought a bullet trap for .22's to use as a backstop. Gun is a bit noisy at first as there's some oil in the barrel and I believe it was dieseling until the oil got shot out of the barrel. Took maybe 25 shots for it to quiet down. I have a small family of cotton tail rabbits that live under my shed and sometimes I catch feral cats stalking my "bunnies". Cats are tough but a well placed 177 pellets does a number on them. I figure if they can take a cat down, they surely ought to be able to handle rats. All that daisy did was sting them a bit and they'd run off, only to come back another day. :sad: If I didn't protect those bunnies, my better half would probably pull a Lorena Bobbit on me. They're her pets. I also have a fw pocket gophers and as they have fleas and are known to carry plague, they're on the hit list as well. I sit and watch the holes and when one sticks hit head up to have look see, he gets an Excedrin headache #177. :lol:

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But they taste like chicken.



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daboone wrote: But they taste like chicken.
Is this comment intended for Paul B's line about cats being tough or the sentence about having a few pocket gophers? Inquiring cooks want to know. :lol:RD



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 Posted: Sat Mar 5th, 2011 02:30 AM
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i like the rws mod 34 in .177 cal..... mine will shoot a pellet through a can of mixed vegatables in the top lid and out the bottom................        i'm real sure she will kill rats! 

 

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Sounds like Paul B. has the makings for a new business.....glove liners! Will that be rabbit, gopher, or cat please, and your size is? :lol:

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Shooting rats with an air rifle is going to be fun, but it will not solve a rodent problem. He's going to need to look at his habitat around the house, and eliminate what makes the area attractive to them, if he wants a long term solution.



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He lives in California. Is there a solution to the rat problem there?:troll:

Good suggestion Charlie. I'm willing to bet his primary motive is shooting in the back yard!
 He told me that they hit the compost pit a lot and seem to go for the fruit and the rinds. So I believe that means roof rats. I don't believe he would be willing to remove the fruit trees. But I will recommend he does compost his kitchen stuff in a closed container till it's composed enough to add to the pit or his garden.



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daboone wrote: He lives in California. Is there a solution to the rat problem there?:troll:

Good suggestion Charlie. I'm willing to bet his primary motive is shooting in the back yard!
 He told me that they hit the compost pit a lot and seem to go for the fruit and the rinds. So I believe that means roof rats. I don't believe he would be willing to remove the fruit trees. But I will recommend he does compost his kitchen stuff in a closed container till it's composed enough to add to the pit or his garden.


Chunking Feinstein, Boxer and Pelosi into the ocean would be a start...

For the four legged kind, I would figure, as you said, that Ratus ratus (roof rat) is the culprit. I suggest trmming trees away from the house, composting fruits, vegetables and skins from them, etc, in covered bins...open composting is ok for leaves and such, but not edibles. Pickup windfall fruits, don't leave dog or cat food out, pick up dog poop, don't let debris build up, and so on.



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Lets not pollute the Pacific Ocean. Some bottom dweller there need more consideration than the rats.

I'm going to forward your suggestions and the entire thread to him, Thanks.



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I purchase regularly from MidwayUsa and bought a .177 cal Hammerli pellet rifle barrel cocker ; I also have a S&W 22 cal pumper and a 20 cal bluestreak.The 20 and 22 cal are legal in CA for all non migrating upland game birds :turkey,grouse,quail,chukar,etc.A good source for peep sights and used weapons is williams gunsight company.



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Trap them using a hav-a-hart trap. As part of the mammology class at the univ of az I had to set out traps for rodents and skin them to make museum mounts of them and skin and clean the skulls:grasshopper mice,deer mice,rice rats,etc for bait I used oatmeal,cheese,bacon grease mixture on the mouse and rat traps and I caught plenty.



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