Quiet gun for slaying bunnies

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    Huffduf41
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    I have an infestation of rabbits in my yard that I plan on turning into bunny stew!  What gun would you guys recommend that can do the following:

    -quiet (I have neighbors)
    -able to hold a baseball sized group at 40 yds 
    -not too expensive as it will never leave my yard.

    thanks!!!!!

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    Acutus
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    I like my Bejamin Trail NP.in .22, Shoots better groups than what you want (I’d do head shots on rabbits at 40yds) and is around $200.

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    markm
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    Marauder Pistol, very quiet, very accurate. Here is a bunny taken at 62 yards using Predator Polymags.

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    1kshooter
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    I have a Bejamin NP trail XL .22 and I am not sure what there worth where you are but will defiantly fill the bill as well as the above mentioned guns good luck and take us along with your journey with pictures and story!
    Jonathan

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    wll
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    For a bang around gun with great power … I would look at the Hatsan Vortex Edge, they can be gotten for $99.00 or under.

    My .22 cal. sends CPHP’s out at 750+ fps. the gun is small and well built ! The ONLY thing you should do is take out the trigger adjustment screw and replace it with a 3x 8mm screw and your trigger pull will improve a lot !

    This gun is one of my favorite walk around guns because of its power and light weight. I have a inexpensive UTG 4×32 AO mil dot scope on it and the combo is just great. The UTG scope is head and shoulders above the scope that comes with the gun, and I do mean head and shoulders.. it is a very fine well built inexpensive scope, (around $50.00 if you call Optical Planet and make a reasonable offer).

    I will be shooting my EDGE this weekend if it is not raining and cold as heck.

    wll

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    Rami939
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    Marauder pistol (P Rod .22)

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    Jr_Explorer
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    “Rami939”Marauder pistol (P Rod .22)

    
I have a p-rod and without an aftermarket suppressor it is WAY louder than my stock .25 Marauder!  Even with a small suppressor it only gets it to about the same level as the .25 M-rod.  I’d go with a .22 M-rod ($466 on Amazon) or an AT44-QE in .22 ($490 on Amazon for the long version).  Both have PLENTY of power and accuracy for backyard bunnies and/or squirrels.

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    GLPalinkas
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    If you have an air source (i.e. Scuba tank, carbon fiber fill tank or even a hand pump) I don’t think you can beat a .22 Discovery for your mission. Fills to 2000psi and mine gets 30 shots at approx 20FPE. I have it turned down for field target fun. Inexpensive also. You can pick one up at any of the vendors or even a refurbished one at http://www.discosrus.net

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    Loahana.25
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    My crosman Vantage .22 NP is very quiet and powerful and costs about $110 and is very backyard friendly.

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    JDShapp
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    If you want a good break barrel that has a good trigger then the Hatsan rifles are the way to go. Not knocking Crosman, but I think the Hatsan Quattro trigger beats out their stock break barrel triggers easily. Since you mentioned sound is an issue you should probably give the Hatsan model 85 Sniper Vortex a look, and if you want more power then you could always give the model 125 Sniper Vortex some thought. Be warned though, magnum springers are quite rough on scopes.

    If PCP is your thing then I definitely recommend a Benjamin Discovery .22 with a TKO muzzle brake. They’re good rifles out of the box, very light weight, and easy to pump up with a hand pump compared to other rifles.

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    Huffduf41
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    You guys rock, I really like the Hatsan model 85 Sniper Vortex.  Would you recommend .177 or .22 caliber?

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    JDShapp
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    For rabbits with that rifle I’d say .22 should do you, and if Crosman Premiere Hollow-points group well with it you can usually find those at your nearest Wal-Mart in a pinch. If you want something a little more brutal then Predator Polymags are a great hunting pellet to use.

    Just remember, with a break barrel don’t dry fire it. What I do is I have some cleaning pellets handy for those times after I have to cock it to clean or lube anything involving the breech or barrel.

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    Helimech
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    I would recommend a Marauder. I got a .22 for my squirrel problem. I thought about getting a break barrel, but I decided to save up the extra money and got the Marauder. It did it’s job popping squirrels at 30 yards, but then I got the urge to tinker. There are countless after market parts for it and I ended up getting a hammer forged barrel from Marmot Militia. I tuned it to shoot at around 33 ft lbs of energy and I’m now getting sub 1/2″ groups at 50 yards with a very quiet gun and I have a little over $700 into the gun and barrel. My $700 Marauder keeps up with rifles that cost way more minus the shot count. I’m getting 20 shots per fill with a 23 fps spread. 

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    meyer.camden
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    Nice shooting! Looks like a tasty rabbit!

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    puertorico
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    I second the p rod…m rods in 177 and 22 are hit a miss with accuracy. The 25 cal is a tack driver. Cheap then go with the disco or the 2240 or even the crosman 1720t which is highly underrated. It’s 177 but accuracy makes up for power.

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    Biohazard
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    For your purposes, I think the first questions that need to be asked are “What is your price range?” and “What is your skill level?” From the time I was old enough to shoulder it, I hunted rabbits with a multi-pump Crosman BB gun (a Pumpmaster, if I recall). Cost less than 100 dollars (probably less than 50, actually), and I only got into high powered air rifles when it finally broke. My .177 Gamo Silent Cat (99 dollars at WalMart) is still my default “stalking gun”. Even with relatively low power, it flings 8 gr non-lead pellets with enough force and accuracy to take rabbits out to 30 yards, and does so with next to no report. For longer shots (usually leaning on a deck rail) I use my Hatsan 155 Vortex, also .177. Much more power, but much more weight and a bit more noise. With good shot placement, there is no need to spend any more than 100 dollars for a rabbit rifle. That being said, I am a huge fan of Hatsan’s Quattro trigger.

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    EMrider
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    “GLPalinkas”If you have an air source (i.e. Scuba tank, carbon fiber fill tank or even a hand pump) I don’t think you can beat a .22 Discovery for your mission. Fills to 2000psi and mine gets 30 shots at approx 20FPE. I have it turned down for field target fun. Inexpensive also. You can pick one up at any of the vendors or even a refurbished one at http://www.discosrus.net

    
The Discovery in either .177 or .22 is a great rabbit gun.  I have taken many with mine. 

    Add a TKO LDC to make it very quiet for about $45. 

    If you want to stay self contained and use a springer, go with the HW95 for $299 from AoA. 

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