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home Forums – The GUN Forum Hunting So, I’ve got some chickens. And Last night a coon 🦝 came and killed two of them and bent the coop up good. I planned on waiting for it all night tonight. I’ve got a pellet gun that shoots .177 pellets and shoots 800 FPS at 10 pumps would that possibly put it down.

  • So, I’ve got some chickens. And Last night a coon 🦝 came and killed two of them and bent the coop up good. I planned on waiting for it all night tonight. I’ve got a pellet gun that shoots .177 pellets and shoots 800 FPS at 10 pumps would that possibly put it down.

     Trent updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 10 Posts
  • Trent

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    June 14, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    So, I’ve got some chickens. And Last night a coon 🦝 came and killed two of them and bent the coop up good. I planned on waiting for it all night tonight. I’ve got a pellet gun that shoots .177 pellets and shoots 800 FPS at 10 pumps would that possibly put it down.

  • Dje3520072009

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    June 14, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    I would say that would be under powered. The mass of that pellet will be more important than caliber. Assuming it’s a 5 grain pellet moving at 800fps you are only delivering 7 foot pounds of force at the muzzle. That number will drop as distance increases. Here’s a calculator you can use. http://www.shooterscalculator.com/bullet-kinetic-energy.php. Just looking online the absolute minimum for a raccoon seems to be around 10 foot pounds of force. More than 30 is the usual recommendation.

  • omegapatient

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    June 14, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    Hell last night I had to shoot a coon 3 times with a 22 LR. From about 12 feet. Might be better off trapping it. If you have a trap and it’s not too smart. Or get a sling shot and a big rock then finish it off quick with a bat or a hammer.

    We usually trap them and run them out to a more secluded area to live but the tricky ones refuse to be safely trapped and removed. Good luck and don’t get bit.

  • Tricky-Common

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    June 14, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    No better time to invest in a small caliber rifle

  • justrobdoinstuff

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    June 14, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    I have a .177 air rifle that shoots 7.9 grain pellets at transonic speeds(about 1100fps on a good hot day). The last raccoon I shot with it (twice, one in the head, n a solid hit in the vitals) charged me n I had an “oShIt!!” moment as I put it down with my backup revolver. Live trap it if you can, and take it miles and miles away. The only reason I tried the shot was I already had the gun in my hands (shooting rats in a coop) n the bastard was trying to get into one of my other coops. Save your air gun for cans, rats, and plinking.

  • hooskerdoo1

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    June 14, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    No. Not even close. Use a real gun or you’re just gonna wound it. A .22 is probably still pushing it without a perfect shot.

  • schleeb-44

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    June 14, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    A good option is to buy a dog proof coon trap or even just a box trap. Then you can make sure you’ll get a good shot on him from close up. Coons aren’t trap shy, especially if they’re used to stealing food from peoples yards anyway. A dog proof trap is like 15 dollars and you can just use corn or dog food for bait.

  • loworange88

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    June 14, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    Assuming your shooting regular pellets, they are about 8 grains in weight, and let’s assume your gun actually puts out 800FPS vs what the box says it does. Using this calculator that gives you 11.3 ft/lbs of energy at the muzzle. The second link is a chart showing the ethical energy needed for small game. Short answer: Nope!

    https://www.pyramydair.com/widgets/

    https://sites.google.com/site/valleypocketgophers/home/hunting/impact-energy-hunting-requirements-for-various-animals?fbclid=IwAR2woPY9k4Qda7BfiP_sFndOkjk87YLY8XvTOS8JqVw-xermN99JVz1D0Gw

  • guntroll69

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    June 14, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    A well placed head shot will drop a coon pretty easy. A shot to the vitals will most likely kill it but it will probably run off and die.

  • Duckin_Tundra

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    June 14, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    I would think it would work no problem, I’ve shot them with a 1200 FPS air rifle. just don’t shoot it in the ass, scare it up a tree have some one shine it for you and put one in his head.

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