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    I bought this for my chipmunk invasion! it works once i got the scope zoned in!
    https://www.cabelas.com/shop/en/gamo...OS&emailname=2

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    Re: Best air rifle for gophers?

    Thanks for all the info, guys. Decided i'm going to go with trapping for the gophers and get an air rifle for the chipmunks. The chipmunks get through the grates in my trap.

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    Re: Best air rifle for gophers?

    So, I got a lot of technical advice that I don't understand. Was there a consensus on what I need to effectively kill a few chipmunks?

    1. not a firearm. just a pellet gun of some kind
    2. I have been warned away from spring action, so air/co2 I guess.
    3. This is a tool, not a hobby. Cheap is good, but I need it to shoot straight, so not dirt cheap.


    Anyone know the laws on ordering this online? Not sure I can get it shipped to mass. Can I go and buy one at a store like Bass pro without a license and shit?

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    Re: Best air rifle for gophers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Degsy View Post
    Can I go and buy one at a store like Bass pro without a license and shit?
    I always thought they weren't considered the same as a 'gun', and had no real restrictions associated with them aside from limiting sales to <18. I was curious and looked up the law - seems that's correct : https://malegislature.gov/Laws/Gener...269/Section12B

    If I remember right, alcohol shipment restrictions are their own bureaucratic law. Meaning I doubt there's any reason you can't buy a pellet gun and ship it here unless they need to confirm your age. But there's age-verification systems on the web now that should address that.

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    5 gallon bucket half full of water. Float bird seed. Put a board up to the lip and sprinkle some seed on it. Cheap and effective AF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by obsolete View Post
    5 gallon bucket half full of water. Float bird seed. Put a board up to the lip and sprinkle some seed on it. Cheap and effective AF.
    Brilliant!! I'll try it.

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    Re: Best air rifle for gophers?

    Quote Originally Posted by obsolete View Post
    5 gallon bucket half full of water. Float bird seed. Put a board up to the lip and sprinkle some seed on it. Cheap and effective AF.
    ^ this works very effectively. Just search "chipper dipper" on YouTube. A friend did this at his house and the bodies just kept piling up in the bucket. You'd think they'd see the other dead chipmunks as a warning, but no.

    Also, was going to mention, I'm 99% sure you need at least an FID to buy a pellet gun in Mass. They are pretty easy to get, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by obsolete View Post
    5 gallon bucket half full of water. Float bird seed. Put a board up to the lip and sprinkle some seed on it. Cheap and effective AF.
    Did this with the mice in my garage over the winter.. found four or five when I dumped it out! The seed gets a little funky after awhile ,don't think it matters to the vermin!

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    I like hunting the chippies!
    Cabela's shipped my gun to me with no issues! But I live in NH!

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    I call it the murder bucket, and it does.

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    Re: Best air rifle for gophers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Degsy View Post
    So, I got a lot of technical advice that I don't understand. Was there a consensus on what I need to effectively kill a few chipmunks?

    1. not a firearm. just a pellet gun of some kind
    2. I have been warned away from spring action, so air/co2 I guess.
    3. This is a tool, not a hobby. Cheap is good, but I need it to shoot straight, so not dirt cheap.


    Anyone know the laws on ordering this online? Not sure I can get it shipped to mass. Can I go and buy one at a store like Bass pro without a license and shit?
    Bass pro will ship to mass, no license my friend, the 5 gallon bucket is disgusting!

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    Re: Best air rifle for gophers?

    Bucket of Death for chipmunks is very effective. My problem is that my dog would like to stick her head in there too, so I had to put a cover on with very large holes cut in it. It still worked, but not as effective.

    As for pellet guns... any one will be enough to dispatch of chipmunks and squirrels... no license needed. Some places just don't want to deal with MA at all, so they don't send stuff here even though it's perfectly legal to do so.

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    It will start to smell quickly so clean it everyday and put new seed in. Don't worry a couple of days of you place it near the dens works. I've had to do it at 2 houses and it worked.

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    Re: Best air rifle for gophers?

    Gamo Swarm (gen 2) - a fast loading break-barrel - in .22
    Or, entry level PCP - Benjamin Marauder pistol - in .22. I have this and it is extremely quiet, and lethal.

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    Re: Best air rifle for gophers?

    I have a Benjamin Trail NP1100 XL, a.22 break-barrel jobber. It goes clean through squirrels at 100' so I wouldn't hesitate to use it on larger pests too. Once I shot a squirrel in the head and took out a small bird that was standing behind it.

    Worth noting:
    It's heavy (nearly 9lbs)
    The stock trigger is trash. I modified it with some filing and a small cartridge bearing. 10 minutes of easy work and a few dollars cost, and it's muuuuch better.
    It's heavy.

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    Re: Best air rifle for gophers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenstein View Post
    I have a Benjamin Trail NP1100 XL, a.22 break-barrel jobber. It goes clean through squirrels at 100' so I wouldn't hesitate to use it on larger pests too. Once I shot a squirrel in the head and took out a small bird that was standing behind it.

    Worth noting:
    It's heavy.
    The stock trigger is trash. I modified it with some filing and a small cartridge bearing. 10 minutes of easy work and a few dollars cost, and it's muuuuch better.
    It's heavy.
    Heavy is good, heavy is reliable. If it doesn't work, you can always hit them with it.

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    Re: Best air rifle for gophers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenstein View Post
    It's heavy.
    what is "heavy" ?

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    Re: Best air rifle for gophers?

    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    what is "heavy" ?
    Just shy of 9lbs.

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    They make integrally suppressed pellet guns. That's what I'd go with.

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    Re: Best air rifle for gophers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenstein View Post
    Just shy of 9lbs.
    that's right up the with my Henry 30-30 w octagonal barrel

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    I have a family of gophers too in the pavement jungle LOL

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    There are some pretty nice semi-automatic air guns out now (Hatsan Bullmaster, Evanix Airspeed or Max-Air in .302 cal!). That really changes the game. High end air guns have always been about maximizing accuracy. Only now are they considering quick shot count with larger bores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregp View Post
    There are some pretty nice semi-automatic air guns out now (Hatsan Bullmaster, Evanix Airspeed or Max-Air in .302 cal!). That really changes the game. High end air guns have always been about maximizing accuracy. Only now are they considering quick shot count with larger bores.
    My new Hatsan Blitz, semi and full auto in .25 Cal..
    And this is my Edgun R5m in .30
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    And now Benjamin has come out with a semi-auto Marauder as well (less expensive?).

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