There is always a small predator seeking a way to steal something from your off-grid farm, no matter where we dwell. It’s mongoose and rats for me in Hawai’i, but it may be squirrels and bunnies for you. Some may wonder, will a pellet gun kill a squirrel? In any case, a good pellet pistol can assist in keeping those numbers in check.
How much FPS does it take to kill a squirrel? Or can a .177 pellet gun kill a squirrel? A good pellet gun with a .177 caliber pellet and a minimum pellet speed of 1000 feet per second (FPS) will kill rabbits, squirrels, mongooses, and other small wildlife. The lethality of a shot is also determined by its precision and distance.
I recall being unsure whether my pellet gun was powerful enough to take down a small creature. But believe me when I say that the correct pellet pistol can carry a punch. That’s also a plus because I live in a neighborhood with a lot of people, so I need something quiet.
Pellet Gun Calibers for Squirrel Hunting
Pellet guns are available in two standard calibers: .177 and .22. The.177 caliber pellet is a smaller caliber pellet with a higher velocity. A heavier .177 pellet is also quieter than a .22, which is helpful when hunting in a residential area. In fact, in some regions, shooting a .22 pellet is prohibited, leaving the .177 as the sole viable option.
The .22 caliber appears to be the most popular choice among small game hunters. Many people think it has better accuracy and a larger percentage of one-shot kills. Because of the extra weight, the .22 is more accurate in windy situations.
Even though it fires at a lesser velocity, the pellet’s weight allows it to deliver a powerful punch capable of dispatching any small game species.
A Pellet Gun That Isn’t Too Heavy
Some pellet guns are incredibly hefty, making them difficult to use for small game hunting. I like a lightweight, adaptable pellet gun, although that is not always possible depending on the type of hunting you undertake.
A pellet gun’s weight should be between 5 and 8 pounds; anything heavier is simply too hefty.
Quality of Pellet Gun Scope
The optics that come with your air gun have a bad reputation for being poor. If you’re a dedicated hunter, you might wish to invest in a new scope. There is, however, something you should be aware of beforehand.
The scopes have a slim probability of being precise due to the broken barrel pellet gun’s construction. Something changes every time the barrel is reloaded. It may be insignificant, but it exists, and it can lead to scope inaccuracies.
A pellet gun with a fixed barrel, spring pneumatic rather than a break barrel gun would provide more precise shooting, however, this isn’t always what we have on hand.
When it comes to scopes, there are fixed and variable zoom options. The fixed zoom is ideal for close-range hunting of small wildlife. You won’t have to make any more tweaks once it’s sighted in, which will save you a lot of time.
Keeping Your Pellet Gun from Making Too Much Noise
Many of us prefer a pellet gun to a traditional gun since we need to be discreet, especially if we’re shooting it with a neighbor nearby. While most pellet guns are typically rather quiet, some feature special muffler technology that can reduce your gun’s decibel level by up to 25%.
But can you hunt squirrels with Air Rifle? Yes, even some air rifles are quieter if quiet is what you are looking for. The Gamo Silent Cat Air Rifle is the quietest pellet rifle on the market, with a decibel rating of 69. For a pellet gun, that’s pretty quiet.
I was able to install a suppressor on my Benjamin Trail NP, which normally shoots at 91 decibels, and reduce the noise to 79 DB. The use of a suppressor did not appear to alter accuracy or power.
What is a Good Pellet Gun for Shooting Squirrels?
After trying out a few pellet guns, I’ve settled on two that are ideal for my small game hunting needs. In reality, these two rifles have accomplished more in terms of putting food on my table than any fishing pole or garden. As a result, it’s critical to select one that works.
The .177 Benjamin Trail NP and the .22 Gamo Swarm Fushion 10x Air Rifle are the two pellet guns I use on my farm for hunting small game like squirrels and rabbits, with the .177 Benjamin being the gun I use the most.
I have tried to provide enough information to help you understand if a pellet gun can kill a squirrel and more. Hopefully, you have a better idea about pellet guns, FPS, and some other features.
And I’m sure you’ve heard of folks having dinner with squirrel or rabbit soup. The meat on these little creatures is in perfect condition.
We regard not just the food we purposefully raise to sustain ourselves, but also the wild plants and animals beyond our borders to be food. These wild foods contribute to the diversity of what we can grow on our lands. Taking a problem and turning it into a solution.