The Silence of the Squirrels

February 14th, 2018

Kill Pests Without Alerting Hillary Voters

I have decided to get me an air rifle.

My current squirrel weapons are a shotgun and two rimfires. The .22 is not suitable for a scope, and the long travel of the bullets limits the shots I can take. The .17 HMR is a joy in every way, but even those tiny rounds are of no use for any angle between zero and maybe 60 degrees from horizontal, unless a big tree trunk is behind the squirrel. I don’t think a 17-grain bullet fired in a woody area is very likely to damage anything or hurt anyone, but you never know. The shotgun is much safer than the rimfires, but I could still send pellets raining down on people. Not dangerous, but not a good way to greet the neighbors.

Air rifles are really complicated. They come in various types. At the lowest level, you can get a Crosman 760 pump BB gun, which is neither accurate nor powerful, although you should be able to hit squirrels within 50 feet. After that, you move up to expensive guns with rifled barrels. I wrote about this already.

I decided to get a Diana 54, also known as an Air King or an RWS 54. I don’t know why it has so many names. It’s a powerful gun that should kill anything I want to kill, within 50 yards.

The Air King has a weird barrel that slides to kill recoil, and unfortunately, this transmits recoil to the scope, if you have one. It will kill a scope if you aren’t careful to buy a model that can handle the shock. It looks like I’ll have to get a rifle scope, and that means $200-$300. Sounds insane, but that’s how it is.

Before I do that, I want to get a peep sight. I don’t like regular iron sights. I had a BB gun (don’t laugh) with a peep sight when I was a kid, and it was much more accurate than open sights, at the tiny distances over which BB guns work. A peep sight, also known as an aperture sight, requires you to look through a little hole, and…well, go look it up on Youtube. It’s hard to explain. Anyway, I like them, and I suspect a peep sight will be nearly as good as a scope, on a weapon that won’t shoot well past 75 yards.

If you’re wondering, there is a scope which is highly recommended for this gun. It’s the Vortex Optics Diamondback 4-12×40 AO Dead-Hold BDC Reticle, 1 Inch Tube (DBK-412B). A professional air rifle guy (seriously) named Hector Medina uses it with the Air King.

Surely I can get by with a 12-power scope. When it comes to squirrels, 4 is plenty.

The Air King is really expensive. I figured it was worth it. It should last a long time, and I will never have to upgrade. Living on a small farm, I have a legitimate need for a good air rifle. There are a lot of things here that will need killing, and I don’t want to have to buy a new gun every two years.

The pellets it fires weigh 18 grains, and they probably move at something like 800 fps. That will kill a squirrel as dead as Compuserve, and if it leaves my property, it will be much less dangerous than a rimfire round. I will still have to use common sense, but I won’t have to worry about shooting a car window out half a mile away.

The .17 HMR moves at well over 2000 fps, and a .22’s speed is something like 1300 fps. A .22 slug weighs around 40 grains, depending on which one you use.

The Air King should be much, much quieter than a rifle, so if it turns out I have self-righteous yankee neighbors who have stupid ideas about hunting, I will be able to shoot close to the property lines without them knowing about it.

I got a very good deal on the gun. I don’t know why. The price was too low to resist. I considered getting an RWS 34 in order to save money, but the price difference was not that great.

My squirrel call arrived yesterday. I can’t wait to see if it works. It makes the sound of a squirrel in trouble. Apparently, squirrels are like women, in that they love to see each other suffer. When you make a noise like a squirrel being torn up by a hawk, the other squirrels pop out to watch.

Can’t recall whether I mentioned this before, so I will say it: it looks like I have bears. I keep finding something that looks like cow manure, but it’s way too fresh to be from a cow. The last steer moved out of here in August. I looked at poop-ID sites, and it appears that the poo comes from bears.

Florida has lots of bears now, and they need to be hunted, but hippies and yankees keep protesting. They killed the 2016-2018 hunts. I don’t know why anyone listens to them. Bear attacks are surprisingly common here, and besides, bears are good to eat.

I had this idea that a bear wouldn’t cross a fence, but I am clearly wrong.

The bear and the air rifle are not related in any way. I am not likely to get a chance to shoot a bear here, and an air rifle would not be very useful for that task.

There is something disconcerting about having to use an air rifle in a rural area. In backward countries with limited firearm rights, air rifles are very popular. People think nothing of spending huge sums on them, and they’re very proud of them. I have rifles suitable for killing people 750 yards away, plus very nice semiautos with big magazines, and here I am, lowering myself to purchase a second-world weapon. I might as well start watching soccer and eating toad in the hole!

Due to my dad’s condition, I can’t go farther north than Marion County. At least I don’t think so. He needs a relatively warm place geared toward old people, and boy, is this it. But I keep thinking it would be neat to look for a place in Tennessee after he’s gone. A couple of hundred acres would be nice. The more woods, the better.

Georgia is way too liberal, and it keeps getting worse. Black people there will vote for anyone who tells them what they like to hear. South Carolina seems similar. North Carolina is too much like Eastern Kentucky, and it’s filling up with Miami Cubans. An undesirable culture is being augmented with a worse one. Maybe Tennessee is better.

The South is funny. There are many areas full of unsuccessful people who are trashy and can’t get it together, but there are also areas where people are more responsible and mature. If you look around, you can find places where the good parts of southern culture aren’t tainted by the bad.

I love the South, but we don’t have the most capable, smoothest-running culture in America. We are too emotional. I seriously believe people are more together in the center of the country. They seem to be less in touch with God, however.

This morning during prayer, I took a look at my cell phone. I took a notion to look up a Miami friend on Facebook. I looked at this person’s friends list, and I saw familiar faces from law school. I felt a little nauseated. I never want to see these people again. I’m so glad I have nothing to do with them. They didn’t treat me badly. They just live in a different world, and that world disgusts me. It’s a world with no future, full of cocky, grasping people who have no idea the iceberg underneath them is melting.

Supposedly, many people who have been in prison become obsessive about not going back, to the point where death seems preferable. That’s how I feel about Miami. Never, never, never, NEVER.

I don’t understand people who want to live in or near big cities. I usually have to drive 15-20 minutes to get to a decent restaurant, and I feel like I’m not far enough out. I don’t want to go to cocktail parties or meet “important” people; I want to stay out of the circle of butt-kissers and compromisers. I don’t want to drive a foreign car built by a company that made vehicles for the Nazis. I would rather hide in a tent than go to benefits and society events.

I will write about the Air King after I shoot it. Hope it works out. I plan to go out today and see how the squirrels like the squirrel call. Heh heh.

7 Responses to “The Silence of the Squirrels”

  1. Sigivald Says:

    .22 shotshells?

    If you can get close enough, might do.

  2. Og Says:

    Some air rifles are louder than 22’s. I have a 22 rifle I keep above my desk that, with CB caps, will easily dispatch a squirrel, and the loudest sound is the firing pin spring. Alternately, I have two air rifles, both of which will alert the neighbors to what I am doing. I hope your new rifle is one of the quiet ones.

  3. Steve H. Says:

    I can only go by Youtube videos, since I can’t try the gun before I buy. It seems considerably quieter than the 16 gauge I’m currently using.

    The closest neighbors I would have to deal with would be 100 yards away, so I don’t need total silence. If it turns out to be loud, it may still be preferable to what I’m using because I’ll be shooting one tiny projectile that doesn’t go all that far.

    I thought I had researched every alternative, but I didn’t know about CB caps. I am reading that my .22 won’t cycle them. I guess that doesn’t matter, because the air rifle is a single-shot job, so I would be loading one shot at a time either way. My .22 is useless for a scope, however.

  4. Og Says:

    Sounds like you need to purchase another rifle. Actually you can get “CB Shorts” in “Long catridges”, the same power but meant to work in any 22 rifle.
    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1301367227/cci-ammunition-22-cb-long-29-grain-lead-round-nose

    Those work fine, and I have used them in bolt rifles with great success. A nice bolt rifle, like a CZ 455 FS, is a dream to own and shoot. There were also “Gallery rifles” made specifically to shoot shorts/CB caps. Winchester made several. Also, Winchester made a model 74 auto which as chambered for 22 short/CB only, and you can still find a Browning Auto 22/ Remington 241 Speedmaster that is also perfect for them.

  5. Steve H. Says:

    I spent some time reading up on slow .22 rounds, and the things people wrote about CCI were not inspiring. Remington CBee rounds sounded like something I needed to try, but for some reason they’re not available anywhere.

    My .22 is a Remington Nylon 66. I received it on my 12th birthday. It was my first gun, so I could never give it up. It’s wonderful for use with open sights. Scoping it is just about impossible. I think a additional gun with a bolt would be a good addition. I read up on them earlier this week.

    The air rifle arrived, and I decided to try it. The noise isn’t bad at all. The trigger is phenomenal. It shoots very well. I made a target from a piece of 2×8 and shot it from across the yard, at what I consider squirrel distance, and it appears to shoot into a half-dollar-sized area with no trouble at all. That’s from a seated position in a plastic Adirondack chair, using my knee as a rest. I need to correct my bad sight picture habits. After that, the results should be better.

    I’m trying to decide whether I want a scope or a peep sight. I really like peep sights. I found a cheap scope which will supposedly stand up to the recoil, though. The Vortex is probably great, but $300 seems like a lot of money for a scope on a rifle I will never use for anything over 50 yards away.

    The rifle is extremely heavy and came with no strap studs, so I will have to fiddle with it.

  6. Og Says:

    The Nylon 66 is a really remarkable rifle. And I wish I still had mine. They take moose up north with them, no kidding.

    The scope rail on them is as you say, useless. But you could get a Williams 50-760 Peep sight and put it on, You will have to either find someone to drill and tap the side of the receiver or do it yourself.

    Still, a nice bolt action would be a handy thing to have. I think I have seven 22 rifles. There are at least three more I would like to have, including a Henry leveraction.

    Glad your air rifle is not loud.

  7. Steve H. Says:

    On Tuesday, I expect to receive a UTG Bugbuster 3-9×32 scope, which costs a whopping $75. I think I’ll actually be angry if it works, because it will mean I spent way too much on a Burris Fullfield II for my K31. People say the Bugbuster is very tough, and that it works fine for air rifles. We will see.

    The thought of spending $300 on a Vortex scope was just too much. I can’t believe it’s necessary to spend that kind of money to shoot a maximum of 50 yards. I just want a good look at a squirrel’s head, in a tree no taller than 100 feet.

    I don’t want to use the air rifle until it’s scoped. I’ve been reading disturbing things about squirrels being not quite dead after several shots with .22 pellets. I hate squirrels, like any decent, fair-minded person, but not that much. I want good shot placement so the trips to squirrel heaven will be fast.

    The shotgun seems like the idea squirrel weapon, apart from situations where I’m shooting up against someone else’s house. I am wondering if there’s a .410 out there which would be less cumbersome than a Sweet Sixteen.

    Tonight I realized one of the neighbors deserves to be blasted off the couch by shotgun noise. His house is right up against our property line. If you’re too inconsiderate to think about proper setbacks, you’re basically begging to hear my shotgun while you’re having breakfast.

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