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Willy
Hey good people
When the 22 ammo shortage happened a few years ago, I stopped shooting 22s and horded my remaining ammo.  Then I purchased a inexpensive air rifle in 22 cal.  Mostly for plinking and a bit of pest control.  The air rifle is a lot of fun and surprising powerful. 22 ammo is readily available these days, albeit more expensive than it used to be.  I continue to use the air rifle more than the regular 22.  So I was wondering if anybody does any real hunting with air rifles.  I'm thinking some of our forum members live in countries where air rifles might be the only option.  Any information about caliber, range, game size, expense, ease of use, would be great.
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Yosemite John
Sheridan Blue streak here.
As I understand it, lead is still allowed for hunting with airguns in CA.
If that's changed, I'll have to hang her up, like I did with my .22 lr
A Happy Camper
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MikeKY
I am constantly cage trapping raccoons. I put cameras out and have found that many are trap shy. 
I bought a cheap Crossman Shockwave 22 cal. to use when I had the chance. It’s a break barrel, claims to be 950 fps. 
I’m 2 for 2. One was 15’ up a tree and the other was at 5’ out bedroom window. Both head shots and clean kills. 
Iron sights. I threw the junk scope it came with away. 
Using Benjamin Discovery lead pellets, 14.3 gr. 
This is $100.00 rifle and it’s pretty accurate. 
If you want to seriously hunt, there’s a lot of options out there. More expensive. You can pay big bucks but  I wouldn’t recommend mine for anything other than what I’m using it for. 
Finally, mine is hard to break to load and it’s pretty loud. Almost 22 subsonic loud. 
Spend a little money and get good optics and I think coyote size game is on the table. 
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dbhost
I have the Crossman Shockwave as well, I bought it in lieu of a .22lr due to budget concerns. I have hunted squirrels and managed to dispatch some house destroying raccoons with relative ease, clean shot. Pretty accurate, relatively inexpensive to shoot. I use whatever .22 pellets are available at Walmart... 

I would NOT even consider this for anything bigger or meaner than a Coyote, and even that is pushing it... Rodents, foxes, rabbits sure, if you are in country where cougars / bobcats / wolves / javalina are common, you are going to want something that goes bang with a lot of gunpowder and spits out a big chunk of lead. I like one shot, one drop.
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TwoCanoes
A friend of mine has a serious problem with ground squirrels in his orchard.  He used to shoot them with a .17 bolt action rifle.  He has switched to a pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) gun.  His first PCP was a Benjamin Marauder, but he now uses a FX Wildcat .22.  He says he uses Crosman Premier hollow points which the gun fires at 950 fps.  Apparently, it's quiet enough that he can shoot several squirrels without the still-living ones being spooked by the sound of the shot.  Full disclosure:  Although I have shot plenty of squirrels with him using his old .17 rifle, I have never even been with him when using one of his air rifles.  But I can say this for sure - he really likes the PCPs.
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MikeKY
I may have been misunderstood. 
I wouldn’t hunt coyote with my Crossman Shockwave with it sporting a Zeiss Victory scope. 
You can, if you choose, get an airgun more expensive and suitable and kill a coyote. 
I, too, prefer gunpowder and a little more lead. 
My Crossman is an effective close range, fairly stealthy critter killer in my  little city.
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tunnug
Another Sheridan blue streak shooter here, I've got a 5mm and a .22, both are very accurate and will take down small game with no problems, not sure if I would go after coyotes unless I really had to and had no other option.
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OldRadios
HW77 Spring-Piston under lever in .177 I used to use for "Field Target Matches" several years back, shoots a 7.9 grain Crossman Premier at 860 fps in it's current configuration.
Gene
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Lhoffm4coleman

I’m not sure about the Sheridans, they seem to be popular.  I can tell you my story about Crossman 1722 .22 cal backpacker.

I bought one a few years back, when I was raising meat rabbits.  I’d been studying them online, reading about making them stronger by changing out pistons, triggers, barrel lengths, etc.  I wanted to use it to harvest the meat rabbits in a quick and humane way. 

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Lhoffm4coleman

I’m not sure about the Sheridans, they seem to be popular.  I can tell you my story about Crossman 1722 .22 cal backpacker.

I bought one a few years back, when I was raising meat rabbits.  I’d been studying them online, reading about making them stronger by changing out pistons, triggers, barrel lengths, etc.  I wanted to use it to harvest the meat rabbits in a quick and humane way. 

The time came to harvest some rabbits.  Id built up my Crossman's power significantly.  When I bought it, it chronographed at @360 fps with a hollow point hunting pellet that weighed 13 grains.  When finished with my upgrades, my Crossman would shoot 800 fps with the same pellets.

I had one rabbit that escaped from my hutch.  I could not catch the darned thing, but it had stayed close to the hutch.  It was full grown and ready for harvesting.  I had planned to harvest them with one shot to the base of the skull.  I had been practicing for weeks using a metal pellet target.  I got very accurate from 2ft-about 30yds.  Red dot sights helped a bunch.

The day came, the rabbit was in the front yard and I was ready.  I took the shot, and the rabbit twitched but didnt run off.  I thought Id missed.  I lined up another head shot, I was sure I put the pellet right in the rabbits neck.  This time it ran off to hide under my truck.  We did this dance about 6 more times.  I even stopped to take a couple shots at my target to check if my sight got bumped or the gun was off. It wasn't.  The little fella finally stopped running  away.  I fealt sick to my stomach.  I finally caught it and dispatched it by breaking its neck.  It was nearly dead by this time but I couldnt stand to let it suffer one second longer.  While processing it, I found 8 pellets between its neck and head.

I vowed to never harvest another rabbit with the pellet gun.  So I went out and bought a Ruger 10/22... It has always worked...the first time...

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Diesel Dan
4 years ago eastern gray squirrels moved into the neighborhood.  They were real cute until they started chewing into roof of the house.  Since then I have dispatched over 300 with an FX Streamline PCP with a moderater.  It makes no sound as the .22 pellet at 850 FPS travels across the yard except for the thump of the pellet.  Average distance is 30 yds.  I use a bipod from the balcony.  
Eric Genzlinger
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OldRadios
FX PCP,  Seriously Accurate Rifles.
Gene
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rob_pontius
When it comes to air rifles, I love the Gamo products. They're .177 Cal, but at 1300fps, they get the job done.
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kb0hae
Better check the regulations in your state as to whether hunting small game with air guns is allowed.  Here in Iowa, it seems t be left up to the individual fish and game officers, there is no rule that says you can or cannot.  I don't hunt, but some friends would like to hunt with their air guns.
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Martin
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SteveA
I have an RWS Diana spring piston in .177 that I bought over 25 years ago, very accurate and hasn't given me any trouble at all.  I think it's supposed to deliver 1100 FPS if I remember correctly.  Never dealt with anything larger than squirrels trying to next in my attic but it only takes one shot every time.
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Whitegas Extraordinaire

I vowed to never harvest another rabbit with the pellet gun.  So I went out and bought a Ruger 10/22... It has always worked...the first time...”

over 30 years ago a dairy man friend of mine had a similar experience with larger domestic “game”. He found out not all animals respond the way a dairy cow typically did as the result of a hand held 22.

I’m glad this thread was revived as I had forgotten about that!

I know some people claim there’s enough energy in 22 pellets, some say they need to be dieseled(but that’s up for debate too). 


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Weirdnerd
I am a fan of break barrels, I have a.22 that had to be rebuilt and repaired as previous owner literally broke it, now is a decent plinker, but for bigger game I would recommend a .357 Pre charged piston. some of them are capable of killing a deer, not cheap, but they seem to be as serious as a firearm.

https://www.airgundepot.com/sam-yang-recluse-dual-tank-357-air-rifle.html

https://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Benjamin_Bulldog_357_Bullpup_Shrouded/3592

https://www.crosman.com/benjamin-rogue-357
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kb0hae
My brother has used my Benjamin Prowler (break-barrel .22) to shoot rabbits in my dad's garden.  About 25 yards, never needed more than one shot.  For larger game you could try one of these in .45
https://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Evanix_Rex_P_Air_Pistol/4050#10268
Its always darkest before you light the Coleman lantern!
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Martin
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Chucker
Back in 2001 a buddy and I went bear hunting in Canada. My first time seeing hunters harvest grouse with air guns. They rode the back roads, spotted a grouse or two, pulled their truck ahead a few yards, got the air rifle out of the truck bed (had their hunter orange on of course), snuck up on the grouse and 'plink'.

Looked very economical and efficient. My buddy and I used 12 and 16 gauges to do the same job. Rookies.  
Chuck
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