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    2319.59

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    Just to update those that asked my mutant has held a steady 210 bar since the reseal was done.

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    Last night I made the mistake of leaving the cinder block off the lip of the feed bucket. Today I came back to it pulled off and food all over the ground. So I sat and waited while watching some Solar Opposites and from the back portion of the yard I catch movement. Raccoon came right out through the light of the 70w LED outdoor light we have on the house and went in a straight line for the food. Fortunately for me I'd been messing with the X-sight 4k's settings and had the recoil activation on, and surprisingly enough it worked with the Impact like a charm even if it didn't catch more than the 20 seconds.

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    These aren't really house cats. In fact I believe most are descents of cast offs from nearby subdivisions or trailer parks. That being said I try to get as many as I can use to human contact for when I can start trap spay and neuter in the future.

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    Oh there is still one more raccoon to get a notice. This ones been quite slippery, ducking and dodging me for days now. If it even hears the window come up it runs. So the war is still on. As for the possums, they're back to contently picking for everything in the yard and stay well clear of the catfood for the most part.

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    Normally they would get a pass, but these didn't run when I tried to get them to move with a few nudges from an old shop broom handle. There are several possums that took the hint and stay out of the yard now.

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    I mainly stick to night pests like possums and raccoons, but I know there are coyotes in the area. The main reason for the sudden jump is we had a new home built on the rural property we own that I do all my shooting at. So I need something I can quickly grab and shoot with enough power on standby to do the job. My .45 Texan has plenty of power for it, but with it's shroud it's almost as long as I am tall so I figure it's be a real chore to get it setup in time to get a coyote from one of the bedroom windows.

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    No leaks so far. Now I just have to dig out my chronograph and find a day with acceptable weather to see how close I got to the original settings on the hammer spring.

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    I managed to get the reseal done with about as much trouble as I expected. Only O-ring I found damaged was the one between the air tube and the block. That one was so bad it broke in half when I took the pick to it. I'm pretty sure I went a little overboard on the silicone grease because the first couple test shots have sent some excess out of the vent for the regulator.

    Now I play the waiting game to see if it has any slow annoying leaks.

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    Looks like I'll be doing a complete reseal then. Now I'm glad I ordered that fresh container of silicone grease last week.

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    I'm mechanically inclined enough to have a crack at it. Only real problem I got is the only reference videos I can find anymore is Ernest's video on the Veteran's being taken apart. I'm guessing as long as I manage to keep the washers stacked correctly during it all I'll be good.

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    2319.00

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    On the AT44 that's not possible since the connection point that unscrews is the valve.

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    I had an idea I've thought of trying for baiting purposes that may or may not help. I thought about the next time I try smoking some meat to also smoke my hunting clothes. That way when I use the bones for bait if they happen to be downwind it might just cover my scent enough to keep them from being spooked off.

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    After having my own issues with raccoons and bad shots I can sympathize. I've taken raccoons out to about 40yds with my .22 Marauder and had them do the old drop and dance with no problems and it was hitting for a good 28 to 29fpe. Several years later and more practice I end up having some fairly uncomfortable dispatches using my .22 Mutant at just  under 15yds. Thankfully I've got some video that has helped me isolate the problem.

    First off side shots to the head are less risky than full frontal shots. With my best shots I've always done a lip squeak to get their attention, and then once they turn back to the bait or bird feeder they're wrecking I hit them. Now if they're up in a tree that's different. Very rarely have I gotten a raccoon to give me a solid side view because for some reason all the ones here like to play peek-a-boo with you till they find good solid cover. It's only in these instances when they look down at me after a squeak that I aim for between the eyes.

    I've also had to come to terms with how I view handling the raccoons I shoot. I don't really hunt them. I do pest control. If they're not causing a problem they get a pass usually. As hunters we all want to cause the least amount of suffering as possible, but for those of us doing pest control its the end results that matter particularly if the raccoons are causing substantial damage. What I mean by that is I'd never go after a raccoon with a .177 break barrel or under lever. My aim with them simply isn't that good. However if I happened to catch a raccoon in the act of digging a hole through my roofing or siding and all I had to use was a .177 I'd be doing whatever I had to in order to stop the damage before it turned into something worse. That might sound cruel, but I've found raccoons learn exceptional quick and that once they find a source of food or shelter they'll almost always come back to it.

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    None taken Glem. Since posting I've only witnessed one possum raiding the cat food on our front porch. Today I'm going to try to check both my wildcat and mutant over the chronograph as well as see if I can't do some changes to the setup to make shooting easier. I'd of done these things sooner, but after rolling my ankle last sunday I've been reluctant to make more trips than necessary to my rural property or up the attic stairs.

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    The bait I'm using varies. First it was marshmallows and bird seed. Then I switched to dog food and marshmallows. Tonight I'm going to setup my mutant again and do practice as suggested.

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    This one was taken before it was put down. The feeder is a 6 gallon feeder strapped to a 55 gallon drum.

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