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    markT
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    I have a AirArms S200 that I am going to loan a friend of mine with a squirrel problem. This guy hunts white-tailed deer with a 300 Win Mag. He bought a break bbl Gammo to kill squirrels in his back yard. 

    The S200 is a single shot  177 with a Hugget and is really quiet.. I'm sure he will say it doesn't have enough energy to kill squirrels at 25 yds. 

    At work we have 12" round cardboard shipping tubes with  1/4" walls. The S200 will go right thru one side of the tube.. I plan to show him where I shot one. I also took a   11/64" drill bit and buired the sharp end in a  small piece of  1×4 pine and am going to ask him to try and  push the blunt end of the drill bit t hru the 1/4" carboard shipping tube to prove a point.  

    Good idea? 

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    BeachGunner
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    Just link him to the Squirrel Hunter Channel on YouTube. Those guys kill hundreds of squirrels each year using a variety of PCP's, and a good many of them are sub-12 ft.lb. .177's. 

    The Brits have no problem at all. As you well know (and your friend will too) it's all about shot placement, not power. 

    Hope it works out for him. From what I hear, those S200's are crazy accurate air rifles. CZ barrels will do that. 

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    heavy-impact
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    If he needs a 300 Win Mag for white-tailed deer he's gonna need at least a .243 for squirrels, maybe a 25-06.

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    BeachGunner
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    heavy-impact

    If he needs a 300 Win Mag for white-tailed deer he's gonna need at least a .243 for squirrels, maybe a 25-06.

    Lol..

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    Hunt4Dinner
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    heavy-impact

    If he needs a 300 Win Mag for white-tailed deer he's gonna need at least a .243 for squirrels, maybe a 25-06.

    Lol now that is funny

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    markT
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    243, now that's funny.. I'm thinking he's gonna think it's a toy.. that's why I'm going to hand the block of wood with the drill bit and ask him to try amd push it thru the 1/4" wall cardboard shipping tube. Squirrels are tough, but not that tough.. 

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    0akhonor
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    I love my cz200 and it kills squirrels dead.

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    Unless the operator malfunctions 

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    Jon86
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    Shot placement is a must, with .177.  The UK guys still use springers in .177, n they're bagging rabbits left n right .Your buddy will be amazed how accurate your AG will be .What pellet n grain are you shooting? 

    I have a stock RWS 34 in .177 got it in 91 I think. Anyway it'll drop bunnies @ 25-30yrds n pigeons out to 40yrds. Never took it squirrel hunting, CA ground squirrels are tough. I use my Hatsan Flash QE .22 for them . 

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    BeemanR7
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    I've killed many squirrels with a puny little Beeman R7. As a matter of fact, I killed a 10 lbs raccoon at 30 yards with it. Most people on this forum would criticize me for ever attempting a shot like that with a puny little Beeman R7. But that coon was just as dead as if I had shot him with a 243. It's all about shot placement, not power!

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    bubblerboy64
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    Most of the deer shot here in Pa are shot in side 100 yards and Ive never understood why the fellows use magnum rifles or even scoped rifles.  I suspect it's bragging rights and the idea that they at some point might use the gun out west or for big game.  You know the type  500 horse power cars to drive 5 miles to work and Harley's with loud pipes and ape hangers.  And of course they think a guy that would spend a couple grand on an air rifle is completely loony tunes ( and they may be right 😜)

    That Gamo rifle has about a 20 lb trigger pull you might inform the guy that loaner doesn't . 

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    markT
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    You are correct BB64.. I use a 243.. with a varmint bullet.. 65 gr Vmax.. reason: that was the original purpose of the gun praire dog hunting.. I set it up with 40 gr of Varget and bullet jammed into the lands and bang.. It is so accurate it's not even funny.. and every deer i've ever shot was less than 125 yds..deer can run dead.. so what if you have to walk 30 yds to find him. That part of the excitement.. 

    I'm sure he will love this pcp and kill some squirrels.. i'll keep ya'll posted on how he does. 

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    ahnlaashock
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    I have killed a truck load of squirrels with an old Crosman 2100.  You have to shoot them in the chest like they were a deer, in the head, or in the neck.  Unless the shot is perfect, they will often reach a place where even tho the shot is fatal, you cannot recover them.  

    You shoot them with an 800 fps 22 and you don't have those problems.  In the 700's, the Trail drops them on the spot with any kind of good hit.  I have yet to lose onei hit with it.  

    I bought a Techstar because a .22 at that speed is the perfect squirrel medicine.  

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    markT
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    I would agree a 22 is much better for squirrels.. but at 20 – 25 yds max.. a 177 placed in the heart / lung or the "brain," not cheek or face,  will take them down..

    This guy is in the county so he's legal, but has neighbors so he needs to be quiet and discrete. The S200 is darn near perfect other than its single shot. ( older model) would love to add a magazine and extend the reservoir and add a regulator.. Nahh.. might as well buy a new rifle. No, again.. its perfect for the application..

    Thought about loaning him my Streamilne in 177.. but no on that too.  

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    Bob_O
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    I smoked a big cottontail (headshot) in my backyard last night with the SL 22 on mid power….he did a half-jump and was dead in 5 seconds.

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    Loren
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    Sounds like a Saturday morning squirrel hunt contest at his place.  You with the S200 and him with his high power Gamo springer.

    Since you have the underdog rifle you get first shot at each nutter.  I bet he will never even get to shoot and you will have nutter's in the game bag….lol

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    markT
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    He picked up the rifle today around lunch time. I handed him  the 11/64" drill bit buried  in a soft piece of pine and asked him to push it thru one of our shipping tubes. He tried and could not.. I said if that was a squirrel you could push it right thru. He agreed. 

    I showed  him how to open and close the bolt and how to "de-cock" the rifle.. It rained all dang day today and is supposed to be clear tomorrow.. I'm sure he will shot one or two tomorrow and will be hooked. He couldn't  believe that rifle retails for ~$700.. 

    I requested pictures.. I feel like a PCP dealer.. gonna get him addicted.

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    Traum
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    a squirrel only needs something like 3 or 4 fpe I believe to penetrate the skull. I have seen some brits with their  sub 12 guns take rabbits at 40, 50 yards. I am sure he will be loving that loaner and want him a nicer air rifle for squirrels after a weekend of pesting. Let us know how it goes!

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    heavy-impact

    If he needs a 300 Win Mag for white-tailed deer he's gonna need at least a .243 for squirrels, maybe a 25-06.

    Kinda my thoughts 

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    AirRanger
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    Dude the S200 is a great choice for squirrels, tell your buddy to check out these pics from my AA S200T .177cal. 

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    markT
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    When I first saw those pics I thought my friend has posted pics with my gun.. then I read your post.. Mr AirRanger…. 

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