AR15.Com Archives
 What FPS pellet gun and what pellet would I need to kill a raccoon at 6 yards?
mdguy90  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 2:33:23 PM
Pretty much what the title says. Shot will be around 6 yards. Caliber would prefer to be .177

What FPS will I need? Also what type/weight of pellet do you recommend?
PineTreeMan  [Member]
11/27/2011 2:37:01 PM
A .22 with a suppressor.
RAL  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 2:38:33 PM
I've taken out woodchucks with both a .177 @ 1000 fps and a .22 air rifle @ 920 fps. I'm not sure I would trust either though on a coon.

Edit - Even with a head shot they weren't clean kills. I think a .22 long rifle would be the better choice.
mhall8811  [Member]
11/27/2011 2:38:42 PM
A stick...




...7 yards in length.
mdguy90  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 2:45:10 PM
Originally Posted By RAL:
I've taken out woodchucks with both a .177 @ 1000 fps and a .22 air rifle @ 920 fps. I'm not sure I would trust either though on a coon.

Edit - Even with a head shot they weren't clean kills. I think a .22 long rifle would be the better choice.


I can't use a 22 where I am, I'm renting and in town and don't want to get into trouble.

How big were the woodchucks?
Kharn  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 2:47:09 PM
Suppressed 22lr would be best, especially since a follow up shot would be fast.
22 pellet at 900fps+ would be second best, aim for the head.

Kharn

Posted Via AR15.Com Mobile
OlCrow  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 3:00:07 PM
Killing a raccoon with a pellet gun...good luck with that.

I've killed enough of them to know they don't die easily even with a 22 rimfire to the head..
Tekpc007  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 3:02:12 PM

Bow and broadhead
Jarhead08  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 3:06:57 PM
Those bastards are tougher than you think, I've shot one with a .45 ACP FMJ that just waddled off in the woods and died later. I usually dispatch them with a 30-30. But then I don't live where I can't burn powder.
Wobblin-Goblin  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 3:08:38 PM
Those little bastards are like nature's Terminators. They just don't stop until you go industrial on them.
VacaDuck  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 3:11:13 PM
Benjamin Rogue .357 ePCP Air Rifle

Billmanweh  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 3:12:13 PM
I guess you don't watch Workaholics?
BUDLIGHT906  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 3:18:06 PM
I've tried with pellet gun, ended up having to use a ball peen hammer to put the poor guy down, op use at least a .22cb out of a rifle, and back of the neck/head should be fine.
jal777  [Member]
11/27/2011 3:22:20 PM
Don't worry about feet per second, worry more about foot pound of energy. I would only attempt it with a .22 air rifle producing at least 30 fpe.
FlashHole  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 3:27:04 PM
Is it fucking with your shit, or do you just hate racoons? Why not just trap it? That way you can just relocate it, or drive it somewhere where you can be sure to put it down humanely.

ultramagbrion  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 3:29:59 PM
Those 25 cal PCP's look tough enough ( and oughta by their price tags )
diehippy  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 3:36:39 PM
subsonic .22
grizzly50cal  [Member]
11/27/2011 3:36:40 PM
22 CB short and long barreled 22 rifle (preferably single shot) . The shot will be about as loud as a magnum pellet rifle and if you hit the raccoon just right, it should take care of business.
Timco  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 3:39:54 PM
I have an original Beeman model 60 that shoots an 8 grain pellet about 1300 fps. break barrel type.

I shot a raccoon 3 times at about 10 feet in a tree right in the chest area and it was leaking pretty good as it fled down the tree and ran past me to the fence and up and over it went.

Next time I'll use an arrow.......
cityboy172  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 3:40:09 PM
Originally Posted By mhall8811:
A stick...




...7 yards in length.


This.
flashx  [Member]
11/27/2011 3:41:29 PM
One Thanksgiving at my girlfriends house a rabbid racoon showed up. I volunteered my services but no they called the State police. Out comes a rookie female state cop Shoots the criter nine times and he is just as happy as when he got there. One of the neighbors finished it off with a 2x4. I hear there is still a drawing on the wall in the local barrachs with a picture of a racoon holding hands up as to serender LoL
jmt1271  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 3:41:49 PM
Originally Posted By Tekpc007:

Bow and broadhead


Win!
mdguy90  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 4:21:21 PM
Originally Posted By FlashHole:
Is it fucking with your shit, or do you just hate racoons? Why not just trap it? That way you can just relocate it, or drive it somewhere where you can be sure to put it down humanely.



There's a couple around my yard, they have attacked my cat and hurt him enough to have to take him to the vet.

I don't normally care about wild animals in the yard, but the cat comes first.

I will look into trapping as kmart and sports authority in my town have very little to offer in pellet guns
losscolinas  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 6:40:32 PM
Originally Posted By mdguy90:
Originally Posted By RAL:
I've taken out woodchucks with both a .177 @ 1000 fps and a .22 air rifle @ 920 fps. I'm not sure I would trust either though on a coon.

Edit - Even with a head shot they weren't clean kills. I think a .22 long rifle would be the better choice.


I can't use a 22 where I am, I'm renting and in town and don't want to get into trouble.

How big were the woodchucks?


How much noise is wounded pissed off racoon gonna make? A f'ing lot.
A pellet is not going to do the job. Trap it and remove it off the premises
RAL  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 6:59:56 PM
Originally Posted By mdguy90:
Originally Posted By RAL:
I've taken out woodchucks with both a .177 @ 1000 fps and a .22 air rifle @ 920 fps. I'm not sure I would trust either though on a coon.

Edit - Even with a head shot they weren't clean kills. I think a .22 long rifle would be the better choice.


I can't use a 22 where I am, I'm renting and in town and don't want to get into trouble.

How big were the woodchucks?


Quite a bit smaller than a coon I would say. The woodchucks are maybe a little bigger than a house cat.

BP03  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 8:30:51 PM
Not sure how big the raccoons are by you, but the ones in my neighborhood are like small dogs...I have tried before with a .177 pellet out of a high FPS gun....Didn't do a thing except make em jump and run off.
Scorp_DX  [Member]
11/27/2011 8:41:41 PM
A base model (cross)bow and broadhead arrow tip can be had for pretty cheap. Should do the job easily. There's always a chance it could run off with the arrow sticking out it's side so make sure it doesn't have anything leading back to you on it!
pavil58ar  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 8:49:22 PM
Depends on what the raccoon is packing.......

P
sel366  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 8:53:28 PM
Originally Posted By pavil58ar:
Depends on what the raccoon is packing.......

P


About 8".
Nunya  [Member]
11/27/2011 8:55:13 PM
1,000 FPS at point blank range is not enough probably 80% of the time using Gamo Rocket 9.6 grain pellets. Which is to reiterate that a pellet gun is unlikely to do the job unless you trap them first and use a few shots.
JPD158  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 8:57:28 PM
I have a Benjamin Trail XP .22 pellet gun that has been known to knock down some skunks. I think it puts out like 28 foot pounds of energy. Aim for the head.
M82Assault  [Member]
11/27/2011 8:58:17 PM
Originally Posted By mdguy90:
Pretty much what the title says. Shot will be around 6 yards. Caliber would prefer to be .177

What FPS will I need? Also what type/weight of pellet do you recommend?


.50bmg
chupacabras  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 9:00:45 PM
Many years ago I shot a woodchuck in a trap at point blank with a .177 pellet pistol in the head. It didn't go into the skull, and I had to get a 22 to finish the job.

WayneG  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 9:05:43 PM
Having hunted with air rifles for over 30 years, I can say that no air rifle is adequate for Raccoon except the big bore PCP guns like the Quackenbush guns or the large bore Korean units, .25 caliber or larger. At 7 yards the last thing you want is a pissed off wounded Raccoon.
AKengineer  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 9:18:48 PM
Shot one in the neck that ended up breaking the spine with a .22. It didn't die instantly. No way I would try with a .177 airgun.

Just to drive home the point:
Hamel  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 9:43:46 PM

Originally Posted By AKengineer:
Shot one in the neck that ended up breaking the spine with a .22. It didn't die instantly. No way I would try with a .177 airgun.

I'll second this. A raccoon was raiding our trashcans when I was a kid and my dad told me to grab the marlin 22 and nail that son of a bitch.

Waited on the roof of the house overlooking the cans. It came out, and 1st shot hit it right below the neck (pretty sure it hit the spine).It thrashed about until I gave it 4-5 more shots (I was 12 and excited, so give me a break).
tyman  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 9:44:42 PM
.338 Lapua

2900fps
Patrick_Henry  [Member]
11/27/2011 9:52:09 PM
Since it was the only tool available, I had to use a .177 air rifle on a rabid coon once.

The coon took 4 shots to the head from 5 feet away. 3rd one finally anchored it, 4th stopped the twitching. Wasn't the ideal solution obviously, but that coon had already lost its mind, as it was just sitting there pounding its head into the ground when I got there.
cbsaf  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 9:52:59 PM
Apply any pellet gun as many times as required.
WayneG  [Team Member]
11/27/2011 11:56:51 PM

Originally Posted By cbsaf:
Apply any pellet gun as many times as required.

Please follow your own advice, video tape it, and post the ensuring disaster on YOU TUBE, then enjoy the sutures and rabies shots that this advice will not doubt incur. To repeat myself, I have hunted small and medium game with air rifles for over 30 years. I have killed many Raccoons, and there are NO manual pneumatic (Sheridan Silver Streak or Benjamin 342, for example) or Springers that are up to this level of game, no matter what mods you do to the rifle or pellet type used. PCP guns are the only air weapons up to this level of game. As hunters we should all agree the goal is to quickly dispatch our game, not to cause needless suffering. If you don't have a big bore PCP airgun DO NOT attempt to shoot raccoons. I have found good luck with the Sam Yang's in 9MM (my personal choice, well over 100 FPE), .45, and .50. If you are one of the fortunate few who have a Quackenbush big bore of any caliber you are VERY well equipped for this type of game.
BUDLIGHT906  [Team Member]
12/2/2011 4:55:43 PM
Did you ever get the 'coon?
Possum-Sandwich  [Team Member]
12/2/2011 4:58:57 PM
Dude, you could bring 4 friends and that raccoon would still have you outmanned.

And are you really going to use a single-shot pellet gun? I can just picture you with a break-open pellet gun, fumbling around with a pellet, trying to get it loaded for a second shot, as that hissing coon launches himself straight at your nuts.
Molotov357  [Team Member]
12/2/2011 4:59:49 PM
3200 fps
Chaingun  [Team Member]
12/2/2011 5:01:14 PM
I don't think a .177 is enough, it's going to take lots of shots. Get a MB BB gun
parabellum_9x19  [Team Member]
12/2/2011 5:03:28 PM

Originally Posted By Chaingun:
I don't think a .177 is enough, it's going to take lots of shots. Get a MB BB gun

I was with a group of hikers when we found a coon which had its lower half smashed flat by a car.

It was in unimaginable suffering and one of our camp leaders decided to put it down.

800fps crossman with .177 cal pellets, it took SIX shots through the eye and still wasn't dead.

He ended up bashing its head in with a brick, the whole thing took almost a full two minutes and it was awful to watch (I was young, maybe 12).

My point is that .177 won't do it, you will need a bigger projectile with better penetration.
tpsh  [Member]
12/2/2011 5:04:58 PM
Local PD shot a rabbid coon in my yard few years back with a .40 cal and the coon ran around for a good 45 sec before bleeding out.
NeedMoreAmmo  [Team Member]
12/2/2011 5:10:47 PM
An air rifle capable of taking out a raccoon will be pretty loud. As was mentioned above, use CB caps out of a 22 rifle. It will be much quieter, and more effective. Aim just behind the ear from the back, or through an eye from the front. Expect to have to take more than one shot; those are some tough critters.
The_Reaper  [Life Member]
12/2/2011 5:27:02 PM
How much $$$ do you want to spend.

There are some pre-charged-pneumatic air rifles in the 9mm, and up to 50 caliber range.

Big enough for deer hunting. But not cheap.

I'd love to have one myself, but are out of my price range.

I'd NEVER consider a .177 pellet gun. You can't push a pellet fast enough.
Sturmgewehr-JD  [Team Member]
12/2/2011 5:27:46 PM
A Crossman Air Pistol using .177 BBs at less than one foot is inneffective against a Possum, even when shot repeatedly in the head.

You might step up to a proper pellet rifle in .22 for Racoon.
bluetick357  [Team Member]
12/2/2011 5:49:43 PM
On the land I work on I usually have to shoot 4-5 skunks and 2-3 racoon's a year when they hang to close to the house.I used to use a 10-22 with mini mags which worked great for skunks but the 'coons move a hell of a lot faster and seem way tougher than skunks.I find that a 12ga shotgun with #4 buck works best on racoons,they certainly don't run off after being hit.
brain  [Team Member]
12/2/2011 6:03:41 PM
Originally Posted By mdguy90:
Pretty much what the title says. Shot will be around 6 yards. Caliber would prefer to be .177

What FPS will I need? Also what type/weight of pellet do you recommend?

How fast can you run? That'll be your fps.....just duct-tape a bayonet on your RedRyder BB gun and yell CHARGE ...... BAYONETS FORWARD !!!