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SANDTRAP

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i need a rifle to carry with me for general varmit control
i have an sks and a mini 14
but both have a very loud report so the neighbors are always wanting to know what i'm shooting at.
so i'd like to get something with a little more stealth.
any recommendations?
 

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The main issue he addressed was the noise. The 22 Hornet was developed many years ago for just that reason. Varmint shooting in the crowded NE was made it famous.
 

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I have a buddy that lives in a similar type situation as you. He uses a Ruger M77 in .17HMR. I have seen first hand what it does to a yote when hit through the lungs. No exit wound but inside was like a grenade went off in there.

I use a .22LR with CCI Stinger ammo. Out to 75 yards it is pretty tough on a feral cat and inside 50 yards it will wear out a yote if it solidly.
 

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Have a neighbor that also uses a .17 HMR on yotes. Said about same thing!

On a sidebar:

Is the .17 damage due to velocity (or) due to hollow point (or) due to foot pounds of impact ?? Just curious.

I guess in my naive brain I've always thought a BIG calibre projectile would do more damage and better guarantee "one shot, one kill" thing than a small low grain projectile. (Whether or not for 2 or 4 legged predator targets).
 

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HOSS":2mx86coo said:
I have a buddy that lives in a similar type situation as you. He uses a Ruger M77 in .17HMR. I have seen first hand what it does to a yote when hit through the lungs. No exit wound but inside was like a grenade went off in there.

I use a .22LR with CCI Stinger ammo. Out to 75 yards it is pretty tough on a feral cat and inside 50 yards it will wear out a yote if it solidly.


There is also a shorter version of the 17 based on the stinger case. It is real quiet and very deadly out to 75 to 100 yds. It's called the .17 Mach II
 

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I've got a Savage 17HMR. Very accurate and does a lot of damage to whatever you hit with it. A box of 50 bullets is $11. I use the CCI 17 grain V-max poly tips. A shot to the chest area of a dog like creature will very likely bring forth some howling for about ten seconds or so before the lights go out. A shot within an inch or so of a dog like creature's brain is instant death. I wouldn't really call it quiet but I guess it is relatively speaking.
 

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ga. prime":1kgb7t6p said:
I've got a Savage 17HMR. Very accurate and does a lot of damage to whatever you hit with it. A box of 50 bullets is $11. I use the CCI 17 grain V-max poly tips. A shot to the chest area of a dog like creature will very likely bring forth some howling for about ten seconds or so before the lights go out. A shot within an inch or so of a dog like creature's brain is instant death. I wouldn't really call it quiet but I guess it is relatively speaking.

We got some of them "dog like creatures" too. Had two of them kill a calf this fall. Couldn't get a bead on them the day I caught them but I put them on my list of things to do. A few weeks later I saw the two "dog like creatures" in the ROW on the state road that cuts across the place. I stopped within range and began to go into the problem elimination stance when I got this eerie feeling in my gut. I put up everything and waited a minute or two. Then a jeep - driven by another dog-like creature - and her neanderthal looking cohort pulls up and picks up the dog-like creatures. They are still on my "to-do list" but I am sure glad I didn't do them that day. It was already ugly enough but I'm sure it would have gotten wretchedly ugly had I squeezed one off. :nod:
 

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Jogeephus":f9ebsukw said:
ga. prime":f9ebsukw said:
I've got a Savage 17HMR. Very accurate and does a lot of damage to whatever you hit with it. A box of 50 bullets is $11. I use the CCI 17 grain V-max poly tips. A shot to the chest area of a dog like creature will very likely bring forth some howling for about ten seconds or so before the lights go out. A shot within an inch or so of a dog like creature's brain is instant death. I wouldn't really call it quiet but I guess it is relatively speaking.

We got some of them "dog like creatures" too. Had two of them kill a calf this fall. Couldn't get a bead on them the day I caught them but I put them on my list of things to do. A few weeks later I saw the two "dog like creatures" in the ROW on the state road that cuts across the place. I stopped within range and began to go into the problem elimination stance when I got this eerie feeling in my gut. I put up everything and waited a minute or two. Then a jeep - driven by another dog-like creature - and her neanderthal looking cohort pulls up and picks up the dog-like creatures. They are still on my "to-do list" but I am sure glad I didn't do them that day. It was already ugly enough but I'm sure it would have gotten wretchedly ugly had I squeezed one off. :nod:

Had the same feeling last year when I saw the neighbors Corriente bull breeding on of my partners cows. Wish I had shot him then. Pretty sure he is the father of my new calf. May try that 17MachII on his testicular region before the summer is over.
 

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SANDTRAP":3ixbagi2 said:
i need a rifle to carry with me for general varmit control
i have an sks and a mini 14
but both have a very loud report so the neighbors are always wanting to know what i'm shooting at.
so i'd like to get something with a little more stealth.
any recommendations?
Both the Hornet and the Remington 22-250 are very good rifles for keeping things quiet. But I would tell your neighbors not to worry too much, as long as your not shooting at them! :nod: :lol:
 

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On a serious note. It's not a bad idea to do a fair amount of shooting on a regular basis. If you do, it doesn't make such a big deal when the neighbors hear gunshots. There's les chance they will drop everything and go see if their doglike companion has developed lead poisining.
 

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What kind of range are you looking at?
I also agree with 3waycross if they are use to hearing shots they will quit asking ?.
Now I can't believe you'd shoot a bull in his daddy parts for doing the natural thing a bull does.Maybe it would be more productive to shoot the owner or at least kick him in his daddy parts.Really I don't know what i'd do in that situation i'f you was lucky he might be a better bull.Years ago had a neighber shoot a guys bull in the same area as you suggested I asked why he did it when the other bull was alot better than his .He didn't see the funny in it.
 

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