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Question by Bigbucks. Uploaded on August 08, 2009
Meaning an air rifle? That will definitely do the job as long as you are fairly close andhave the right pellets. Stay away from match and go for something that expands well. I'd much prefer to go with a .22, but if restrictions prevent you from doing so, you should be fine.
within 30 yards and in the head they will be drt.
That will work but i would use a .22 tho. That way they are dead every time.
It will kill them deader than canned tuna but, a .22 would be better.
I'm with Del and Smokepole, a 22LR or a 17HMR would be better.
I don't think you need to use anything else I've whacked squirrels with them.
It is extremely unlikely that your pellet gun is capable of shooting a hunting pellet 1200 fps, although they are advertised as such and it's even stamped on the barrels of some. (I'll bet it's a Gamo; I have several that are so-marked.) But it should be making plenty of power for dropping a ground hog if you hit it right.
As in all hunting, shot placement is critical. If you can reliably place a pellet in the ground hog's brain, you should be good out to about 40 yards, but no animal should be forced to suffer due to a hasty or poor shot.
It's very important to find a pellet that groups inside about an inch at the range you will be shooting, and that expands well. Then good luck!
Take advice from some one who has actually done it. You have to hit it in the dead center of the brain(for one shot, one kill). I would highely recomend that you don't take any chance of not killing the animal on the first shot. One shot one kill is a very good rule. I have a .177 crosman quest 1000X and I have taken two groundhogs with it. The first one was one shot one kill, the other one was much harder to kill(took a couple of shots). I would recomend a NPSS .22 in Carbon Fiber from crosman(still a chance of not killing it on the first shot, but less likely), or better yet a .22 rifle.
stalk up as close as you can and go for the head, if its a magnum rifle than beemans kodiak match extra heavy pellets work great, they expand to about three times there size
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