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Old June 12th, 2016, 06:26 AM   #16
 
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The CCI .22 LR Small Game Bullet is actually pretty effective. The flat point transfers energy better than the round nose but it still penetrates better than hollow points. It seems strange when you're talking about a little 40 grain bullet that is travelling around 1100 fps but those small details matter.

While a .22 rifle will do the trick and is fairly quiet, a heavier flat point bullet will improve your odds of success. The .22 rimfire will require a head shot in order to produce a quick kill and if you have the ability to wait for the perfect shot, that would still be my choice. If you need to take any shot that becomes available, a shotgun with a full choke and large pellets will work very well.

The middle ground is a wadcutter bullet fired from something that gives you the required accuracy. A Rossi lever action with a wadcutter as the first round in the chamber will do the job nicely but the follow up rounds (if needed) will likely need to be SWC in order to feed through the action. A 44 Special will also work with the same set up.

If you are a good marksman with a handgun, a 38 Special wadcutter could be used with success when fired from an accurate handgun.




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Two of my favorite critter blasters. A Marlin 25M .22mag bolt action, and a NEF Sportster .17HMR single shot. The .22mag is more decisive on "larger" small game like racoons. The huge barrel (with a tiny bore) on the .17 shoots so accurately with the Hornady 17gr V Max that head shots are the norm. The wind really pushes that little 17gr bullet though. Both rifles are easy to shoot well.
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It's really more about the bullet than the cartridge. And of course, placement matters.

I might have an advantage, since between calling, trapping, going to ground with Jack Russell Terriers, and hunting over hounds, I've had the opportunity to kill THOUSANDS of raccoons.

If you can't get it done with a 22LR, you're using the wrong bullet, or you're missing your mark.

Here's ONE MONTH'S WORK thawing in the sun to get taken to the seller:



The overwhelming majority of all of the coons I have killed have been taken with CCI Mini Mags through a Ruger Mark II (pic below), with maybe 10% taken with a Marlin 99M1.



When calling, I often use a 17HMR Savage bolt gun, or the same rifle in 22WMR, and more recently, with a 17WSM B-Mag. Less often, I use a 223rem or 22 Hornet. 17 Rem or Fireball also work.

If you just want to kill them, then "run what ya brung"... As anything will kill one. If you're harvesting fur, then 22 Hornet is about as potent as a guy should use.
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It's really more about the bullet than the cartridge. And of course, placement matters.

I might have an advantage, since between calling, trapping, going to ground with Jack Russell Terriers, and hunting over hounds, I've had the opportunity to kill THOUSANDS of raccoons.

If you can't get it done with a 22LR, you're using the wrong bullet, or you're missing your mark.

Here's ONE MONTH'S WORK thawing in the sun to get taken to the seller:



The overwhelming majority of all of the coons I have killed have been taken with CCI Mini Mags through a Ruger Mark II (pic below), with maybe 10% taken with a Marlin 99M1.



When calling, I often use a 17HMR Savage bolt gun, or the same rifle in 22WMR, and more recently, with a 17WSM B-Mag. Less often, I use a 223rem or 22 Hornet. 17 Rem or Fireball also work.

If you just want to kill them, then "run what ya brung"... As anything will kill one. If you're harvesting fur, then 22 Hornet is about as potent as a guy should use.
I didn't know there was a big market for coonskin caps? Who buys them?
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Fur buyers. Nobody's getting rich selling fur, but the market is still alive and kicking. On a busy year where we don't get out much, we sell about 60-80, on a normal year, we take about 200-250.
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Coon fur market is in the tank. But I get 8-10 bucks for the meat.
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not sure if you're supposed to hunt coons on your neighbor's, neighbor's, neighbor's farm across the river... of course unless you have permission.
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Raccoons and opossums are not usually a one shot drop dead animal but they are usually a one shot kill animal, in my experience. Never needed more than a .22LR lead round nose standard velocity round. A nice half grown raccoon can be pretty tasty if cooked right. Many filled the old cooking pot during the depression and in the 18th and 19th centuries.
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Raccoons and opossums are not usually a one shot drop dead animal but they are usually a one shot kill animal, in my experience. Never needed more than a .22LR lead round nose standard velocity round. A nice half grown raccoon can be pretty tasty if cooked right. Many filled the old cooking pot during the depression and in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Yup. It's good eats. Cook them with sweet potatoes and onions.
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I always liked the 50 BMG for this. Killed and cleaned in one fell swoop... Oh, no "flopping"!

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My neighbors have never noticed the pop of the sub sonic 22 rf when I head shoot them. Most just flop over. Never had one get out of the yard after being shot. Oh, I use Eley Match left over from past times.
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I've used 22lr and 22mag. Plenty of other great options. A pistol caliber carbine would work as well.
I prefer the .22 WMR...nice solid hit with sufficient velocity...usually quick! It's accurate as heck and is still one of my favorite 'plinker's'!

My wife got me a Savage 93 in .22 WMR the first year we were married...13 years later...still have the rifle (and still love it) and still have the wife (and love her.)
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I've used 22lr and 22mag. Plenty of other great options. A pistol caliber carbine would work as well.
YUP. 22 lr will do the job on coon, but I prefer the 22 mag. Alot more punch, alot more range and alot more options as far as how big a critter.

A 22 mag will drop full grown beef cattle with a head shot. 22 mag penetrates ballistic gel deeper than a .38. Pretty lethal.

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